Unique sports and sustainability focused event to bring together key figures for crucial day of discussions
30 October 2015; London, UK – Climate Action and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are teaming up with theFrench Ministry of Sport and Green Sports Alliance to host the Sustainable Innovation in Sport forum at the Stade de France, Paris on 7th December.
Held alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) negotiations in Paris this December; this half-day meeting will convene 120+ leaders from Government, the United Nations, sports leagues, clubs and governing bodies, and corporate sustainability leaders.
The exclusive meeting will highlight the impactful role that sustainability in sport can offer to the wider climate change effort by bringing awareness to game changing initiatives as well as focusing on new policies and technologies that can change the face of the sports and sustainability space.
Sustainable Innovation in Sport will be the leading sports focused event held during COP21 and will discuss the crucial role sports events, stadiums, teams, leagues and governing bodies can play in the effort to tackle climate change.
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The World Series of Major League Baseball kicked off with a match-up between two green champions and members of the Green Sports Alliance: the Kansas City Royals vs the New York Mets.
Game 1 was hosted by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium -one of the few MLB ballparks that maintains solar arrays, 120 solar panels in total, which promote clean, renewable energy. The Royals engage fans in their green initiatives through their community programs, such as Green Team volunteers and cell phone recycling events.
After 2 games in Kansas City, the highly anticipated match-up moved to Citi Field, home of the Mets, where fans found a green roof that reduces energy and water consumption and an on-site garden that provides ingredients for ballpark concessions. The Mets Green Team volunteers will be collecting recyclables during Game 4 at Citi Field this Saturday, October 31st.
This postseason, 9 out of the 10 teams playing for a chance to win the Commissioner’s Trophy were members of the Green Sports Alliance.
We are proud to say that this year’s World Series champion will also be a green champion!
The work of the world’s most inspiring and impactful sport for social change organisations was celebrated last night as the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief, were revealed in London.
39 projects were shortlisted for the seventh annual Beyond Sport Awards representing 23 sports from over 60 countries. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron set the tone for the proceedings with a video message to the audience stating ‘Day after day it’s the stars on the pitch who make the headlines but tonight it is right to stop and pay tribute to you, the stars beyond the field of play, the people who show that by going beyond sport we can use the games we love to tackle some of the greatest social challenges in our world today.’
The Awards presentation kicked off with the Leadership in Sport Award, supported by Mischon de Reya, which was presented to Matthew Spacie for his incredible work with Magic Bus which uses sport-based activities to transform underprivileged children’s lives.
Beyond Sport Global Partner Barclays awarded A Ganar, a youth workforce development program from the Dominican Republic designed to help break the cycle of poverty, with The Barclays Sport for Employability Award.
Corporate of the Year sponsored by Fortune, was awarded to New Balance for their support of GoodGym; the rapidly growing movement of runners doing hands-on good for their local communities.
Moving the Goalposts Kilifi deservedly picked up the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award for the incredible work they achieve using football to support, empower and educate girls and young women.
Sports stars came out in force to recognise the great work being done by organisations off the pitch. Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Hunter presented Waves for Change with the Sport for Health Award for their work using surfing as a form of therapy for children in violent communities. Boxing legend Barry McGuigan awarded Fiji Volleyball Federation with Sport Federation Governing Body of the Year and Women’s Rugby Wold Cup winners Emily Scarrett and Maggie Alphonsi MBE presented the Sport for Social Inclusion Award to Breaking the Silence Using Football.
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