Monthly Archives: June 2016

Drive Sustainability Sponsoring the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Conference in Collaboration with RECOVER

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Collaboration includes breakout session: “How to Tell Your Story with Sustainable Apparel”

Drive Sustainability (http://drivesustainability.com/) and RECOVER (http://recoverbrands.com/) announced their collaborative sponsorship of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, to be held June 28 through June 30 in Houston, Texas. Both companies are presenting “How to Tell Your Story with Sustainable Apparel”—a breakout session featuring Eric Weckert, Drive CEO, Ron Hawk, Drive National Accounts Director and Bill Johnston, co-founder and president of Recover Brands.

A Bigger Sustainability Story

“Organizations today are looking to craft a larger brand narrative around sustainability,” said Weckert. “As a result, we’re being approached by more and more companies requesting environmentally conscious solutions.” As an exclusive branded merchandise provider for RECOVER, Drive is strategically positioned to tell this sustainability story.

A Partner in Sustainability

“We chose to partner with Drive due in large part to their experience and background in both sustainability and corporate branding,” said Johnston. As an exclusive distributor of branded RECOVER products, Drive is able to take apparel with a backstory and complement it with logos, embroidery and other branding elements. “Through our partnership with RECOVER, we are able to help those interested in sustainability tell a bigger story,” said Weckert.

Read the full press release here.

If you’re at the Summit, be sure to also attend their UPS Clubhouse Theater Mini Session Thursday morning, June 30th, at 8AM!

Green Sports Alliance Summit, Day 1: The Power of Partnerships

By Lew Blaustein

Hard at work during the Thought Leadership Forum

Hard at work during the Thought Leadership Forum

The Power of Partnership, the theme of the sixth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, permeated its Opening Day at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros. The morning Thought Leadership Forum and the lunch-time Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium were as much about the ideas on how to advance the impact of the Green-Sports movement generated by small groups of attendees from diverse backgrounds and disciplines as they were about the presenters on the dais. Here are the highlights.


Joe Khirallah, Green Sports Alliance Board Member, Founder and CEO of Green Bear Group and emcee for much of this year’s summit, began the proceedings with a challenge to each of the attendees: Make at least three new, real partnership contacts during the three days and, over the next year, turn at least one into a real partnership. Joe then put us to work as each of the 10-12 tables were tasked with delving into why partnerships in the Green-Sports world makes sense and how organizations go about making those partnerships work. Then a lucky volunteer from each table shared a story of an actual partnership that actually worked.

My table offered a mix of already existing partners—Susie Tomson, Sustainability Director of Land Rover BAR, the team trying to win Britain’s first America’s Cup (2017 in Bermuda), and to do so while reducing its carbon footprint, Ian Ellison, Sustainability Director at Land Rover and Jill Savery of 11th Hour Racing, Land Rover BAR’s Exclusive Sustainability Sponsor—along with a diverse and talented group of new potential collaborators, including Eric Moncrief, host of iHeart Radio’s Atlanta-based “Green Guy Show”, John Marler, Senior Director, Energy and Environment of AEG (he presented our case study of his company’s partnership with Schneider Electric on the building of the new, LEED certified T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas), Warren Gorowitz and Troy Smith from Phoenix-based Ewing Irrigation Landscape and Supply, sustainability strategist and consultant Kathleen Hatch.

Read the full blog post here.

Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance Summit.

“Early Bird” registration for the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center is now open!  Click here for tickets.*

*The “Early Bird” rate ends August 1.

Golden 1 Center to Host 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit Recognizing Global Environmental Leadership

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Arena’s Industry-Leading Solar, Food, Water Conservation Innovations On Display

Media Contact:
John Jacobs, jjacobs@kings.com
Kelley Martin, kelley@greensportsalliance.org

Sacramento, CA – Today, Mayor Kevin Johnson, Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Justin Zeulner and Golden 1 Center executives announced the 7th Annual Green Sports Alliance Summit will be held in Sacramento in June 2017. The summit brings together leaders from professional sports teams, collegiate programs, venue management companies, and other pioneers in environmental stewardship to exchange the latest thinking around greening the sports industry and engaging fans.

“We are excited to take the Summit to Sacramento and showcase Golden 1 Center’s commitment to sustainability,” said Green Sports Alliance Chair Scott Jenkins. “The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center are a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.”

Golden 1 Center, California’s newest sports and entertainment facility, features next-generation technology and creative solutions designed to take advantage of the region’s natural resources. It is the first sports venue in North America powered 100% by solar energy. For the first time in North American sports, the venue will utilize a “fan first” displacement ventilation system that cools the lower bowl with passive climate control, decreasing the energy spent on high-demand overhead fans. The world-class food and beverage program sources 90% of the arena’s high-quality ingredients within 150 miles from responsible producers, reducing the arena’s carbon footprint drastically.

“From the beginning, we’re been focused on building a world-class arena that reflects the values of Sacramento,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “We’re honored to have the Alliance and our peers from around the world join us for collaborative discussions about how – through sport – we can make the world a better place.”

Since May 2014, the Kings and the Alliance have been partnering closely to identify and pursue specific strategies and initiatives to promote green design, construction and operations at Golden 1 Center.

“We’re working to help the Kings engage their partners and employees to support the organization’s sustainable initiatives,” said Justin Zeulner. “They are setting a new global standard for sustainable design and performance. We’re proud to see a member of the Green Sports Alliance realize this achievement.”

Read the full press release here.

“Early Bird” registration for the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit is now open!  Click here for tickets.*

*The “Early Bird” rate ends August 1.

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