Monthly Archives: July 2016

3 Innovative Companies Become Green-Sports All Stars

By Lew Blaustein

Rick Barry (l), PathoSans spokesperson, and Richard Kampas, PathoSans distributor. (Photo credit: Lewis Blaustein)

Rick Barry (l), PathoSans spokesperson, and Richard Kampas, PathoSans distributor. (Photo credit: Lewis Blaustein)

One of my favorite parts of any Green Sports Alliance Summit—I’ve attended four—is to walk the exhibit floors to see the start-ups, post start-ups and growth companies that are helping to build the Green Sports movement. A month ago in Houston, finding innovative companies whose stories were worth telling was easy; the challenge was choosing only three to highlight. The chosen three are PathoSans, an environmentally-responsible cleaning product that is produced on-site (i.e. at arenas, stadiums), Recover Brands, an apparel company that aspires to produce the most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible, and TREDAGAIN, the first upcycled tire shoe.

Read the full blog post here.
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CU Athletics Wants Water Back in the Colorado

Boulder Weekly
By Molly Putzig

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, seen here in 2008, is a focus of restoration efforts. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Mehlführer

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, seen here in 2008, is a focus of restoration efforts. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Mehlführer

Every year the University of Colorado Boulder athletic department, CU Athletics, uses 12 million gallons of water in the locker rooms, keeping the fields green and at sporting events. This year they decided to do something about it.

CU Athletics and The CU Environmental Center teamed up to save 11 million gallons of water, restoring it to the dwindling Colorado River.

CU Boulder’s campaign, Water for the West, is part of a bigger initiative called Change the Course that’s already restored almost 5 billion gallons to depleted rivers around the nation.

Change the Course began in 2011 when a freshwater fellow at National Geographic, Sandra Postel, began brainstorming with then vice president of Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) water stewardship program, Todd Reeve, to facilitate hands-on water conservation. They started by getting the public involved in conserving the Colorado River, which starts in the Rocky Mountains at La Poudre Pass and ends in the Gulf of California between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico.

The Colorado supplies drinking water, food, energy, recreation and work for 30 million Americans, according to Change the Course, but it’s so depleted that many years it no longer reaches the sea.

Change the Course asked people to pledge to eat less meat, buy less stuff, recycle more and generally use less water. For every pledge, they promised to restore 1,000 gallons to the Colorado River basin.

Read the full story here.

Keep it Shiny & Sustainable (KiSS) to debut at Misano World Circuit September 9-11, 2016

Press release by KiSS Misano World CircuitEnvironmental and social sustainability will be among the most relevant ingredients for the success of the Gran Premio TIM San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, the 13th round of the 2016 World Motorcycling Championship due to be held at Misano World Circuit (Misano Adriatico, Rimini) on September 9-11, 2016.

The circuit named after Marco Simoncelli is going to organize for the first time the KiSS Misano-Keep it Shiny and Sustainable programme, a number of initiatives aiming to make spectators, teams and riders more aware of the importance of good practices with regard to environmental and social sustainability in motorcycling events.

Misano World Circuit promotes a culture of sustainability, furthermore it looks to mobility with care. During the MotoGP event this approach is fully shared with the event’s promoters.

In view of the Grand Prix a communication plan will be prepared to invite spectators and fans to come to the circuit by using public means of transportation, car pooling, bicycles. Thanks to agreements between the circuit and a series of public and private transport operators, the public will also be offered the chance to benefit from incentives and facilitations with regard to trains, shuttle bus, taxi. The traffic management plan, especially concerning traffic inflows and outflows, has been expanded in 2016 and it now covers a 100 km circle area (from 50 km until 2015) around the circuit, with the indication of specific routes depending on the ticket you own.

In addition there are initiatives to facilitate access for persons with disabilities. In particular, close to the circuit accesses you can find disabled-accessible car parking spaces. Detailed information about that will be included in the information materials of the KiSS Misano programme.

Another key issue for KiSS Misano is about encouraging spectators and fans to waste sorting, in order to keep the circuit clean, stop littering and stop food waste. Across the circuit, also in the paddock and mainly close to food and beverage outdoor shops, sorted waste collection points will be organized, including used batteries bins. Furthermore, cooking oil collection service will be provided in the paddock area and the hospitalities.

Read the full press release here.

Photo from KiSS Misano

Photo from KiSS Misano/Twitter

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