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Discussion at the White House on Tackling Climate Change Through Sports

Full blog post by Tanya Somanader

Athletes pose in front of a basketball hoop after participating in a meeting to discuss climate action and preparedness at the White House.

Athletes and Green Sports Alliance Board of Director members pose in front of a basketball hoop after participating in a meeting to discuss climate action and preparedness at the White House.

This year, the Opening Ceremony in Rio celebrated the culture of Brazil but also took the opportunity to remind the world the threat and challenges climate change pose to people around the world, including athletes. A few athletes — Olympians among them — came to the White House to discuss exactly how climate change is impacting the world of sports. Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and former NFL football player Ovie Mughelli jumped on twitter to answer a few questions about this issue:

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Read the full blog post which includes Q&A videos with the President and First Lady.

Share your input on tackling climate change through sports here.

Ten Tons of Food Recovered from 2016 PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: The Wanamaker trophy on the 1st tee during the Final Round of the 96th PGA Championship, at Valhalla Golf Club, on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, KY. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

The 2016 PGA Championship is the 98th PGA Championship which was held at The Baltusrol Golf Club on the Lower Course in Springfield Township, New Jersey from July 28th to July 31st 2016. This is the ninth major and second PGA Championship at Baltusrol, which last hosted in 2005. First time PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker won with -14, besting Jason Day by one stroke.

This year, for the first time, the PGA and Levy Restaurants partnered with Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU) to ensure that all food prepared but not served, as well as extra perishable foods, were donated to feed the hungry of New Jersey. These donations were received by The Market Street Mission and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. RWU has worked with the PGA since 2011 arranging food recovery from various matches throughout the United States.

The total food recovered from the Baltusrol PGA Golf Championship was approximately 20,000 pounds. Using the RWU Whole Earth Calculator™, this equaled 16,667 USDA sanctioned meal equivalents were donated and over 10,860 pounds of CO2e were saved from entering the atmosphere by avoiding a landfill. Through the partnership of the PGA and RWU, both poverty and carbon footprints were lowered.

Check out the story and learn more about Rock and Wrap It Up! here.

Eco-Products Earns B Corp Certification

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Eco-Products announced that it has become a Certified B Corporation, earning the coveted distinction for meeting “the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.”  Eco-Products, the leading brand of food service packaging made with renewable resources and recycled content, joins a growing community of B Corp companies working to solve environmental and social problems. These companies are not competing just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.

“We’re excited and proud to announce our certification as a B Corporation because it represents everything we stand for as a change agent in our industry,” said Ian Jacobson, president of Eco-Products. “At Eco-Products, our mission is to advance the cause of Zero Waste – specifically keeping wasted food, and the packaging that frequently accompanies it, out of landfills – while helping our customers to be better stewards of the environment.

Eco-Products sells a variety of single-use cups, plates, napkins, trays, straws and take-out containers, all made from renewable resources and post-consumer recycled content. Its customers include professional sports teams like the Minnesota Twins, venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and campuses like the University of Colorado at Boulder. Other customers include hospitals, corporate campuses, convention centers, and a wide array of independent food service operators.

Read the press release here.
Learn more about B Corps here.
Join the Green Sports Alliance Corporate Member Network here.

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