ASU Sports & Sustainability Symposium

Agenda | Sponsor Attend | Speakers

Through consultation with our host partner and close stakeholders, we’ve decided to reschedule the event from August 23rd to this fall with a target towards mid-October. We are currently solidifying the new date and will be in touch in a matter of days with the details.

Date: TBD, fall 2018
Location: Arizona State University, Sun Devil Stadium Founders’ Club | Tempe, AZ
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm MST

The Sports & Sustainability Symposium, hosted by Arizona State University will convene regional professional and collegiate sports teams and venues, concessionaires, business and public leaders, and athletes to explore how the industry can make plays to advance healthier, more sustainable communities.

Programming will highlight sustainable waste, water, and energy practices and solutions, with an emphasis on golf, collegiate, and professional sports sectors.

Hosted in the Sun Devil Stadium Founders’ Club, this event will be located on the premium level, offering an unprecedented experience including outstanding views of the field.


8:00am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30am – Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Ray Anderson | Vice President for University Athletics & Athletic Director, Arizona State University
  • Christopher Boone | Dean & Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

8:40am – Local Leadership Panel

  • Moderator: Colin Tetreault | Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Deana Garner Smith | Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Women’s Administrator, Arizona State University
  • Greg Stanton | Former Mayor of Phoenix and Candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District
  • Tamara Woodbury | CEO, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

9:15am – Water Panel

  • Moderator: Nicole González Patterson | Arizona and Nevada Policy Director, Business for Water Stewardship
  • Dave Dunne | General Manager, Salt River Fields
  • Jon Freedman | Senior Vice President – Global Government Affairs, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Warren Gorowitz | Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
  • Haley Paul | Policy Manager, Audubon Arizona

10:05am – Networking Break

10:25am – Energy Panel

  • Andy Tobin | Commissioner, Arizona Corporate Commission

    More to come!

11:15am – Keynote

11:45am – Lunch & Networking

1:15pm –  Waste Panel

  • Doug Kunnemann | Business Development Leader – Performance Packaging, NatureWorks
  • Matt Helmeid | Director, Special Projects & Brand Development, Arizona Diamondbacks

    More to come!

2:05pm – Networking Break 

2:25pm – Golf Panel & Discussion

  • Moderator: Aubrey McCormick | Sustainability Strategist, Former Pro Golfer
  • Shawn Emerson | Director of Agronomy, Desert Mountain Club
  • Bradley Klein | Senior Writer, Golf Channel, and Journalist,
  • Pamela Smith | Esq, CGCS, Director of Agronomy, City and County of Denver
  • Andy Staples | Owner, Staples Golf Design

3:40pm – Keynote

4:00pm – Closing Remarks

4:30pm – Networking Event

Pedal Haus Brewery

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available

A wide range of sponsorship levels are available. Please click here for our Sponsorship Overview.

For information about sponsoring this event or to confirm your participation, please contact Director of Partnerships, Erik Distler, at

Register to Attend

Click here to register for the ASU Sports & Sustainability Symposium.

Special discounted rates are available for Green Sports Alliance sports and corporate members. Please contact Jessica Crawford at for discount codes.

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