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GSB Football Preview, Part II: Philadelphia Eagles Earn ISO 20121 Certification for Sustainable Events, First Pro Team To Do So

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

Example of sustainability-themed signage on display at Lincoln Financial Field (Photo credits: Philadelphia Eagles)

Example of sustainability-themed signage on display at Lincoln Financial Field (Photo credits: Philadelphia Eagles)

With the American football season in full kick-off mode, GreenSportsBlog offers a two-part football preview as we take a look at two teams at different points on the sustainability spectrum. Yesterday, we spoke with Lauren Lichterman of the University of Texas-Austin Athletics Department, about the relatively new initiatives surrounding sustainability, especially the challenges of greening Longhorns football.

Today, we turn our attention to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Green-Sports pioneers and — oh yeah — Super Bowl LII Champions, recently became the first pro sports team to earn ISO 20121 certification for integrating sustainability practices into their management model.

To get the story of what ISO 20121 status is and how the Eagles attained it, GSB spoke with Norman Vossschulte, the Eagles’ director of fan experience, and Lindsay Arell, the sustainability consultant who worked with the team by assisting with the ISO framework, advising on strategies, and helping the through the final stage of certification.

With apologies to Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in the 1996 movie of the same name, it sounds like Lindsay Arell, President of Denver-based sustainable events consulting firm Honeycomb Strategies, had Norman Vossschulte, the Philadelphia Eagles director of fan experience, at “hello.” At least when it comes to ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events, that is.

“I met Lindsay at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Santa Clara,” recalled Vossschulte. “We hit it off right away on sustainability, as she is an expert on ISO 20121 certification.”

The Super Bowl champs have been Green-Sports winners for more than a decade, thanks in large part to the visionary leadership of Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie and Christina Weiss Lurie, the President of the Eagles Charitable Foundation, and Eagles Social Responsibility.

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GSA Presents Environmental Leadership, Innovation Awards

By SportsBusiness Daily

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Green Sports Alliance presented its annual awards at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tuesday night. The Environmental Leadership Award was presented to ESPN, while the Environmental Innovators awards were presented to Aramark, BASF, Hampton Farms and the Chiefs; the D’backs; Martin Design Partnership…

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SGP Participates in the Green Sports Alliance Summit “PLAYING GREENER” in Atlanta

By World Press Online

SGP joins the discussion as a Community Partner at the annual conference
SAYVILLE, NY – June 20, 2018 – The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, announced its participation in the Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 26-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. The Green Sports Alliance Summit is a key meeting for the sports industry focused on sustainability through sharing best practices, workshops and seminars.
“I am looking forward to great discussions with the Green Sports Alliance and its 193 sports teams committed to sustainable practices. With venues using a tremendous amount of print including outdoor signage and arena graphics, the Summit helps align the sustainability goals of these teams with SGP as the leading independent, full facility certification for printers committed to a more sustainable future,” said Jodi Sawyer, chair of SGP board and market development manager at FLEXcon. “As a key supplier of all types of printed materials, the sport industry can trust SGP certified printers to deliver print with the best possible sustainable profile.”
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities. The Alliance was conceived and founded by the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, Key Arena, Vancouver Canucks and the Natural Resources Defense Council with support from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Green Building Services, and Milepost Consulting. The Alliance’s primary goal is to educate, encourage and inspire action across the sports industry through seven key areas: Energy, food, procurement, transportation, venue, waste and water.
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