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Sport can Become the Leading Industry in Sustainability – if it changes its approach, says IOC

In a bid to help sports organisations become more sustainable, the IOC is publishing a selection of guides demonstrating how they can move from ad-hoc projects to integrated sustainability.
The World Flying Disc Federation recently appointed a sustainability officer to oversee its operations.

The World Flying Disc Federation recently appointed a sustainability officer to oversee its operations.

SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE, economic inequality and social injustice are “pressing concerns” for the sports community, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC), both in its management of day-to-day affairs and its “responsibility” towards young people and future generations.

With the publication of its sustainability strategy in late-2016 and the recently-unveiled Sustainability Essentials guide (from which the above paragraph was taken an paraphrased), the IOC has become unequivocal in its stance that both itself as an organisation, and the wider sporting industry, must be leading lights in sustainable practice due to its high profile and status.

Earlier this year at the Sustainable Innovation in Sport Conference in Amsterdam, the governing body’s head of sustainability, Michelle Lemaitre, cemented that position by “making a wish” – “for sport to step up and be the leading industry in sustainability”.

It’s true that for many organisations in the sports industry sustainability is just not a priority. But as it has become a key focus for the IOC (as demonstrated by its inclusion as one of the three strategic priorities of the body’s Agenda 2020 vision), it’s inevitable that related organisations will have to follow that director of travel.

The scope of the IOC’s own sustainability strategy is large, with several strategic intentions around five areas: infrastructure and natural sites; sourcing and resource management; mobility; workforce; and climate.

Read the full article here.

Can Talking Trash Actually Make Sports More Sustainable?

By Lew Blaustein, GreenBiz

Reduction In Motion’s Kelsey Hallowell works on waste management projects, such as one at the Baltimore Orioles' stadium.

Reduction In Motion’s Kelsey Hallowell works on waste management projects, such as one at the Baltimore Orioles’ stadium.

Kelsey Hallowell is a professional trash talker.

She plies that unusual trade for Reduction In Motion, a forward-leaning waste reduction consultancy in Baltimore. One of Kelsey’s clients is the Maryland Stadium Authority which, among other things, owns Camden Yards (home of baseball’s Orioles) and M&T Bank Stadium (home of the NFL’s Ravens).

We talked to Kelsey, whose official title is communications and outreach coordinator, about the unique aspects of working with sports venues. And talking trash.

Lew Blaustein: I love your job title. How does one get to be a professional trash talker?

Kelsey Hallowell: For me it started out as a little girl in Duxbury, Massachusetts. I was always outside playing — the joke with my family is as a toddler, my parents would set me beside them as they gardened, and I would eat handfuls of dirt.

BlausteinUh … another way of saying you have “an appreciation for the environment.”

Hallowell: Yes. Then I ended up attending Washington College, a small liberal arts school in Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Blaustein: Sounds like an outdoorsy place.

Hallowell: It is. In fact, I got to be a part of the first cohort of something called the Chesapeake Semester. It was amazing. Rather than being stuck in a classroom, we went out into the environment, into the field to learn. Talked to and worked with farmers, scientists and historians for environmental causes throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Blaustein: What a great program. I can see how you would end up in the trash talking, waste reduction business.

Hallowell: Actually, I started in the recycling and waste world while at Washington College. I worked with the Center for Environment & Society (CES), which is linked with the college and Chestertown. CES focuses on social and environmental issues.

Read the full article here.

Green Guy Podcast: Interview With Graham Oberly, The Ohio State University

Green Guy Media

The Green Guy Media podcast recently interviewed Graham Oberly of The Ohio State University.

The Ohio State University joins the College Sustainability Summit Series.

Program Coordinator, Graham Oberly talks about how they implement sustainable practices for over 90,000 students and faculty, the modernization of 485 campus buildings and the University’s impact on the City of Columbus,Ohio.

2018.08.20-Green Guy Interview Graham Oberly

Listen to the podcast here.

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