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Future In Waste Management, Says Activist

By Sheenam Chandra, SUVA, FijiSun

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Thirty-two-year-old Dwain Qalovaki is a familiar face to organic waste manage­ment and green entrepreneur­ship.

The two-time international award-winning sustainability manager said: “My first interna­tional award was from the Inter­national Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016,” he said.

“I was one of three people around awarded for growing in­digenous participation in sustain­able sea transport initiatives.”

Mr Qalovaki is a trustee of the Uto ni Yalo.

“The Uto ni Yalo is a 72-foot, so­lar and wind-powered vessel and we have circumnavigated the world twice and we have been to 15 countries in the Southern and Northern hemispheres,” he said.

“At the Green Entrepreneurship Workshop, my job was to liaise with almost 20 Green Entrepre­neurs about how we create busi­ness opportunities in waste.

“Some of the things was to talk to them about the fact that we need to read the National Indica­tors around statistics.

“It’s not good enough to just do a feel-good piece where we are try­ing to save the environment.”

He has also won a Global Green Sports Alliance in Raka 7s.

Mr Qalovaki said that Naboro landfill, which is the main land­fill for the whole country, accepts 180,000 kilograms of waste every single day.

“The Suva City Council (SCC), being the largest municipality, sends at least 80 per cent organic material,” he said.

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The GSB Interview with Colin Tetreault: Part I

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

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Colin Tetreault of Arizona State is both a Green-Sports visionary and top-level practitioner. This was made clear when he moderated the Thought Leader panel at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in June. Next up, thought leadership-wise, for Tetreault is a home game of sorts: the Sports & Sustainability Symposium at ASU this winter. GreenSportsBlog spoke with Tetreault in a two-part interview.

Part I deals with Tetreault’s pre-Green-Sports life: His passion for the environment, as well as his sustainability work at Arizona State and in the mayor’s office in Phoenix. Tomorrow’s Part II delves into Tetreault’s and ASU’s Green-Sports leadership and where he thinks the movement needs to go.

GreenSportsBlog: Colin, you have an impressive — and, I have to say, long job title: Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. You’ve worked with Major League Baseball, USA Triathlon and others on innovative Green-Sports initiatives. And, as I experienced first hand at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in June when you moderated the Thought Leader panel and workshop, you’re also working to push the Green-Sports movement forward faster. So I’ve been looking forward to this interview. How did you get to this place at the leading edge of Green-Sports?

Colin Tetreault: Thanks so much, Lew. Hey, I’m the proud product of a west coast business-guy dad and a Delaware Quaker mom. I grew up in the outdoors, climbed my first mountain when I was 9, learned contract negotiation at 12, did migrant refugee social work in my early teens, and gave thanks for the “return of a bull market” in high school. I have a background in capitalism and environmentalism, marketing and social work. Since my mom worked at ASU, I’ve been in that community since kindergarten. I did my undergrad and grad school work there.

GSB: You are a Sun Devil through and through! What did you study?

Colin: Well, after peaking in kindergarten I studied marketing and sociology as an undergrad. I was part of the inaugural cohort, back in 2007-08 in the sustainability graduate degree program, which emphasized the need for purpose in business.

Read the full interview here.

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.

Read the full article here.

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