Monthly Archives: July 2018

Forest Green Rovers Club Goes Carbon Neutral

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Image source: Climate Action

Image source: Climate Action

A football team in England’s lower leagues is taking bold steps to become truly low-carbon and sustainable.

Forest Green Rovers, currently sitting in the fourth tier of English football, has signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.

The move makes the small football club the first in the world to make such a commitment.

It is the latest in the club’s transition to sustainability following its purchase by Dale Vince, owner of local green energy company Ecotricity.

As chairman, Mr Vince has driven forward a change to an all-vegan menu; building electric vehicle charging points; new solar panels on its stadium roof, and even installing a solar-powered lawnmower.

The club’s radical transformation into a green sports pioneer has not gone unnoticed outside of its hometown of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Last year, The Vegan Society accredited the club with its own trademark and it also beat Manchester United to win a sustainability in sport award from The Climate Coalition.

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No More Balloons: Clemson Ends 30-Year Tradition of Balloon Launch


Image source: Tigernet.com

Image source: Tigernet.com

For all of those who love the pageantry and excitement of the Clemson Tigers running down the hill, a part of that tradition is going away this season. There will no longer be a balloon release during the “Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football.”

A source confirmed to TigerNet Friday night that the decision was made recently (not made by the Board of Trustees). TigerNet was told that it was a “campus decision” and it had been a “long time coming.” During the 2017 season, only half the number of balloons were released as compared to 2016.

The tradition started during the 1983 season. According to clemsontigers.com, during the 1983 season, Student Body President Mark Wilson came to Athletic Director Bill McLellan with the idea of breaking the existing Guinness Book of World Records mark for a balloon launch. Wilson thought it would be quite a spectacle as the Tigers ran down the Hill prior to the Maryland contest, Clemson’s final home game of the season.

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Simone Manuel Rewrites Athlete Activism With TYR Sport Inclusion Rider


(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Simone Manuel, 2018 Honda Cup winner (awarded to the nation’s top collegiate women’s athlete), confirmed that she would forgo her final season of NCAA eligibility and turn pro. It came as no surprise that the dominant 14-time NCAA champion would pursue opportunities beyond Stanford University. Rather, after her historic performance at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, many were in disbelief that four-time Olympic medalist did not seek endorsement deals sooner.

Last week, at the Phillips 66 National Championship, the nine-time World Championship medalist Manuel announced that she signed with her first professional sponsor, swimwear brand, TYR Sport. TYR’s impressive list of athlete partners includes Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal and Dana Vollmer; however, Manuel’s TYR contract is unprecedented because it contains an inclusion rider.

According to TYR, the partnership is said to be the first time that an inclusion rider has been built into an athlete sponsorship agreement.

“Through this stipulation Simone ensures that her partners extend meaningful opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups and that diversity be reflected in the creative efforts she pursues with the brand,” said TYR in its press release. “TYR believes in the importance of diversity in the workplace and is proud to support Simone in her efforts to champion inclusion as both a best practice in business and a central tenet of her identity as a professional athlete.”

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