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Motorsports Maverick Don Panoz’s Favorite Color – Green

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Don Panoz has to be any entrepreneur’s Renaissance Man.  His career has taken many turns both literally and figuratively.

His distinguished career began in 1961 when he and Army buddy and fellow West Virginia University alum Milan “Mike” Puskar founded Milan Pharmaceuticals in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., making Panoz the youngest president of a pharmaceutical company in the United States. Milan evolved into Mylan, a company that now sells an estimated 1,300 products to more than 140 countries and territories worldwide.

In the 1970s Panoz created Élan Corp. in Ireland, which became a leader in drug delivery products and technology. Panoz led a research team that created time-release medication through a transdermal patch, commonly used today as the nicotine patch. Élan Corp. was the first Irish company to be publicly listed on the U.S. stock exchange, and today Panoz retains over 300 pharmaceutical industry patents.

He has developed resorts in the United States (Chateau Elan/Braselton, GA), Australia and at St. Andrews in Scotland; built wineries on several continents (Australia and North America); been a key figure in technology companies Nanolumens (flexible screen technology) and HydroMentia (water treatment via natural, unmodified algae); and currently sits on the board of the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT).

And that’s where the story begins to get interesting for all those Green Sports Alliance allies.

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Image provided by DeltaWing Technology Group

Panoz is a hybrid racing pioneer. In 1998, the same year he founded the American Le Mans Series, he debuted the world’s first successful modern hybrid race car – the Panoz Q9 GTR-1 Hybrid – which placed second in its class at the 1998 Petit Le Mans race.  Later, the American Le Mans Series would forge a relationship with the EPA and DOE to become the “Global Leader in Green Racing” in which all entrants, by rule, were required to compete using some form of alternative energy – ethanol, biobutanol, hybrid, diesel, hybrid-diesel.

In 1999 Panoz was named co-winner of Autosport magazine Technology Award, and he is the founder of the Women’s Global GT Championship. Panoz Indianapolis race cars won the famed Indy 500 in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004. In 2006, Panoz Esperante GTLM race cars won both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Panoz also was awarded the coveted “Sprit of Le Mans” award by L’Automobile Club d L’Ouest.  In 2014 he, along with Jim France, received the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Bob Russo Heritage Award in recognition of their contributions to motorsports throughout their careers and for preserving and expanding sports car racing in North America.

Today Panoz is managing member of DeltaWing® Project 56 LLC and chairman of DeltaWing® Technology Group, a Georgia-based automotive technologies company committed to helping automotive manufacturers deliver fuel efficient and emissions-reducing technologies that benefit everyday drivers. 

DeltaWing will soon evolve its DeltaWing race car into a DeltaWing GT road car.  The DeltaWing design features a vehicle design with about half the weight, roughly half the horsepower, significantly less fuel consumption, yet the same performance of its racing counterparts. 

The company is also slated to debut its CitiGo vehicle later this year.  DeltaWing’s CitiGo concept is a lightweight, efficient three-passenger car ideal for congested urban areas.  Its three-wheel configuration helps reduce rolling resistance, mass and weight, and like the DeltaWing, it can accept small internal combustion engines, electric motor or hybrid systems. 

DeltaWing also holds worldwide sales and distribution rights in the automotive category to the revolutionary and innovative DHX Automotive electric motors.  Thanks to its innovative approach to dissipating energy and torque sapping heat, DHX’s new motors are 75 percent smaller, significantly lighter, yet as powerful as conventional motors.

Accolades, as one would expect, are not new to Panoz, but one of the business industry’s greatest recognitions came in 2013, when he became just the 29th inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, joining entrepreneurs such as Andrew Carnegie; Thomas Edison; Henry Ford; Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics; Bill Gates; Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies; Richard Branson; Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx Inc.; Ted Turner; and Warren Buffet.

A Renaissance Man at every turn …


Green Sports Alliance Announces Partnership with Dow to Present the 2016 Summit


Portland, OR (June 10, 2016) – The Green Sports Alliance announced today that Dow will present the sixth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston at Minute Maid Park, June 28- 30. The Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. Professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from the MiLB, MLB, MLS, NASCAR, the NBA, NHL, NLL, USL, USTA, WNBA and NCAA will be present.

“The Green Sports Alliance continues to grow our leadership in the green sports movement through the power of partnerships. We are excited to welcome Dow as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Summit,” said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair. “Dow is an innovative company in the sports world and showcases their leadership through technologies to cultivate a more sustainable society and planet.”

This partnership further showcases Dow’s commitment to redefining the role of business in society and helping lead the transition to making the world of sport more sustainable. Since 2010, Dow has been the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and is the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, providing innovative and tailor-made solutions to help host cities of the Olympic Games achieve a long-lasting sustainability legacy. Collaborating with partners throughout the world of sport, Dow delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions that create value and competitive advantage spanning from field-of-play technologies to venue construction, transportation and extended infrastructure, while positively impacting the world we live in.

Read the full press release here.

Register for the Summit here.

The Greening of Tennis – US Open Green Initiative

By Rich Neher

Image from Rich Neher/LA Tennis Examiner

Image from Rich Neher/LA Tennis Examiner

“To solve the serious environmental problems facing our planet, we need to shift our culture toward more sustainable practices. Sports are hugely influential and can play a significant role in causing a ‘green’ ripple effect of enormous proportions, encouraging industries and consumers alike to improve the choices they make every day. I’m proud to have co-founded GreenSlam and help launch the greening of the US Open and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with NRDC, and I applaud the work they are doing to green professional sports.” — Tennis Legend, Billie Jean King

Environmental Responsibility for a Sustainable Future
Prior to 2008 The USTA Board was tasked with lessening the environmental footprint and helping to create a sustainable future for the largest-attended annual sporting event in the world, the US Open Tennis Championships. Quote from the USTA web site: “Since the inception of the initiative in 2008, the USTA has diverted 1,300 tons of waste through recycling and composting, saved 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, offset enough electricity to power over 1,000 homes for one year, recycled 2.2 million plastic bottles, and entertained 2.4 million fans who have arrived via mass transit. Each year the US Open increases the amount of waste it diverts from landfills and last year’s event had the greatest impact diverting over 60% of its waste through recycling and composting.”

“Our courts may be blue, but we’re thinking green”
That’s the environmental pledge of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), which hosts more than 700,000 fans each year during the two weeks of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Just by switching the paper used to print programs to 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, the USTA saved 2,123 gallons of wastewater and avoided emitting 441 pounds of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases and 129 pounds of solid waste.

Leading the charge for the USTA as it relates to the US Open Green Initiative is Lauren Davis, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at headquarters in White Plains, NY. The former Litigation Case Manager for an international law firm, joined the USTA in 2006 as Senior Paralegal in the Professional Tennis Department and became Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives in 2010.

Davis says that the US Open “is focusing on showing fans that attend live tennis events that the reuse practices in place really pay off.” Examples: Waste generated from the previous year is recycled as compost to feed flowers on the Open grounds. Tennis ball cans become lanyards the following year. Seventy thousand spent tennis balls are strategically reused.

Davis suggests that the tennis fans “know what they are supposed to be doing and they know it’s important not only for the US Open, but also for the entire country.”

Read the full article and Q&A with Lauren Davis here.