On April 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented 25 individuals and organizations from New York with Environmental Champion Awards at a ceremony in Manhattan. Among those honored at the ceremony was Alice Henly, an urban resource specialist with Green Sports Alliance founding partner Natural Resources Defense Council. Henly was selected for the award for her authorship of the NRDC’s Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free online guide that provides colleges and universities with comprehensive information about implementing environmental initiatives at collegiate athletic and recreation departments.
The Environmental Champion Award honors individuals and organizations for their achievements in protecting the environment and public health. Other individuals and groups such as the Brooklyn Grange Farm, Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, and Dr. Perry Sheffield of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine joined Henly in receiving the award. “The EPA is thrilled to honor the work of these environmental trailblazers,” EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said at the award ceremony. “These New Yorkers work tirelessly to protect human health and the environment, inspiring us all to strive for a more sustainable future.”
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In a recent Huffington Post article, Kyle Rabin addresses the effects of climate change on the sport of hockey. As Gary Bettman stated in the foreword of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the grassroots beginnings for the majority of players in the league often take place “on the frozen lakes and ponds of North America and Europe.” Among North American team sports, hockey is unique in its link to specific climatic conditions rooted in wintertime.
To address these issues, the NHL has initiated a comprehensive sustainability effort through the NHL Green program created in 2010 that is aimed at mitigating the impacts of hosting professional hockey games. The league’s Gallons for Goals program has replenished more than 30 million gallons of fresh water to rivers and streams since being introduced in 2011. In December, the NHL announced that it would work with energy provider Constellation to operate completely carbon neutral through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.
As Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, president of the Green Sports Alliance, said at the time of the announcement of the carbon-neutral program, the NHL’s efforts “influence other businesses and fans alike to embrace renewable energy options which are so desperately needed to protect our planet.”
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The Green Sports Alliance supports and honors women leaders making an impact in the sports industry through their work and commitment to environmental performance. Elaine Aye, LEED Fellow and President of Green Building Services, Inc. located in Portland, Oregon is an admirable example of this outstanding and ongoing leadership. Under Aye’s leadership, Green Building Services was a founding partner of the Green Sports Alliance in 2010 and continues to provide innovative sustainable building solutions.
Recently, Elaine Aye was honored with a 2015 Women of Influence Orchid Award and named as one of the Woman Executive of the Year for Small/Medium Companies by the Portland Business Journal. The top 25 women professionals were honored and recognized at an awards luncheon on April 16, 2015. The event recognizes the region’s most influential women. Nominees represent women from a wide range of industries and professions, women who have made a difference in their communities and are leaving a mark on Oregon.
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Aye will continue her leadership and Green Building Services’ influence in the green sports movement this summer at the Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 29 – July 1 in Chicago, Illinois. GBS will host a special presentation at the Exhibit Hall Clubhouse Theater.
The Summit will also feature the Women Sports and Environment Symposium. This year’s topic will be Raising the Bar: How the Green Sports Movement Can Leverage Lessons from the Women’s Leadership Movement. The Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium provides an opportunity to engage and support women and men from all sectors of the sports industry to further advance the green sports movement. This collaborative community discusses the role women can have in the development of a more sustainable future; using sports as an instrument of change to address community and environmental issues, while continuing to inspire each other to advance professionally.