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Olympic Medalists to Speak at Collegiate Sport Sustainability Conference

Panels and keynotes will discuss the importance of sustainability in collegiate sports.

Panels and keynotes will discuss the importance of sustainability in collegiate sports.

Mary Harvey, the Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player, and Winter Olympic 2018 snowboarding star Arielle Gold will deliver keynote speeches at the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference in July.

Harvey, who won her medal in 1996 as a member of the US Women’s National Team, is now the special advisor for sustainability at United Bid 2026 – the team behind the US, Canada and Mexico joint World Cup bid.

By the time she delivers her speech on 12 July, Harvey will know whether her sustainability work on the bid will continue as FIFA plans to choose a winning host on 13 June.

Gold won a bronze medal at the latest Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in the women’s halfpipe event. She is a vocal figure on the issue of climate change and how it is dramatically affecting winter sports, and is an ambassador for Protect Our Winters (POW).

NCAA administrator Joni Comstock and Pac-12 chief operating officer Jamie Zaninovich will also address delegates at the event at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Focusing specifically on enhancing sustainability in collegiate sport, the second annual Pac-12 Sustainability Conference will explore themes including sustainable tailgating, zero waste and the student athlete impact on sustainability initiatives.

Read the full article here.

Team USA Rides FSC Snowboards to Olympic Gold

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Image via FSC United States, Photo source: Burton

As the world watched Chloe Kim win gold in snowboard halfpipe at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, at FSC, we were watching her snowboard. Made by Burton, Chloe’s board has an FSC-certified wood core, and is one of many FSC-certified boards Burton manufactures. Burton’s commitment to responsible forest management is just one part of their industry-leading sustainability strategy, which also includes diverting waste from landfills, establishing an end-of-life program at retail, and relying on solar energy at their headquarters. Burton was also selected to outfit the U.S. Olympics Snowboarding team this year, drawing on space suits for their inspiration. After watching Chloe Kim, Shaun White and others go big in the halfpipe, the design seems fitting.

For more information, visit www.burton.com.

South Korea Wins a Gold Medal for Sustainability

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By Jonny Bairstow

Image: Singulyarra / Shutterstock

Image: Singulyarra / Shutterstock

South Korea should win a gold medal for its energy efficiency successes in its hosting of the Winter Olympics.

That’s the verdict from the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), which says the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has managed to cut carbon intensity through the careful management of transportation and accommodation.

The group says the recent construction of a 120-kilometre high-speed railway connecting the site of the games to important cities and airports means trains can reduce the carbon footprint of passengers to an eighth of what they would generate travelling in petrol or diesel vehicles.

POCOG predicts 6,654 tonnes of emissions can be saved if 420,000 visitors use the railway rather than personal vehicles.

It also signed an agreement with the Korea Electric Power Corporation to provide staff with 150 electric vehicles (EVs) and 24 rapid charging stations.

These will remain after the event finishes, providing infrastructure to support the continued use of efficient EVs.

POCOG also built 11 green sports facilities, designed to consume less energy and reduce pollution throughout their life cycle, from design to construction and maintenance.

These include the Gangneung Ice Arena, which ASE says saves energy through LED lighting, efficient insulation, airtight doors and windows and a water circulation system.

Read the full story here.

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