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For This Young Professional, Junior Athletics Blossomed Into a CSR Career

By , TriplePundit

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In the U.S., 81 percent of Generation Z say they’re looking for purpose in their work, according to a recent report from American Express. Many are finding that purpose in the corporate responsibility and sustainability fields. As this next generation enters the workforce, we wanted to find out what draws them to careers in this space, so we are publishing a series of personal essays from young professionals about what their new CSR or sustainability careers mean for them.

first began to think about corporate social responsibility (CSR) more than 20 years ago when I played competitive junior tennis. The backstory of the athletic brands I wore always intrigued me. I remember asking where and how my Nike clothes were made—and by whom.

Little did I know that this curiosity would lead me to explore the topic of CSR in more than 25 countries, attend dozens of conferences, earn a Master’s degree in the field and, later, advise Fortune 500 companies on corporate citizenship and socially responsible investing.

In three years as an analyst at Corporate Insight, a private consulting and competitive intelligence research firm for Fortune 500 companies, I advised leading asset managers on the digital user experience across multiple channels. I discovered a range of industry best practices and trends through exposure to market events, product offerings, marketing and social media strategies, practice management, educational resources, and thought leadership. In blog posts for Corporate Insight, I wrote about how CSR, environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and sustainable investing are influencing and shaping the current asset management industry.

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Green Athletics Conference Encourages Sustainability in Sports

By The Miami Hurricane.com

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Students and employees gathered at the University of Miami’s Schwartz Center on Nov. 7 for the annual Green Athletics Conference. The event brought speakers onto campus who shared their experiences and taught attendees how to increase sustainability in collegiate athletics.

This year, the speakers were Jeff King, vice president of facilities at the Miami Marlins stadium, and Dave Newport, director of the environmental center at the University of Colorado Boulder. In their speeches, they both shed light on the recent strides in sustainability initiatives.

Here in Miami, Jeff King has been working to transform the way the Marlins do business. The baseball team has significantly lowered its waste production and now recycles a high percentage of its output. Since 2013, the Marlins have consistently had the lowest waste production of any team in the eastern conference, and ranked sixth among all MLB teams in recycling efforts.

But King said the Marlins are not stopping there.

“Just over a year ago we had a change of ownership,” said King. “The previous owner did not care much about our green efforts. We are in the midst of a whole bunch of marketing and rebranding to really begin to promote sustainability.”

The Marlins’ upcoming changes include implementing a waste processing mechanism, which would aim to transform Marlins Park stadium into a zero-waste facility. King also has plans to convert all stadium lights to more energy-efficient LED lights.

“This will not just be a great start for the Marlins, but for Miami as well,” King said.

However, King also described the problems that his team has faced in their mission to make athletics more sustainable.

“One of our challenges is that our population in South Florida really hasn’t adopted the culture of recycling yet,” he said.

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FEI Adopts Global Reporting Initiative to Improve Sport’s Sustainability

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The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has made progress on adapting its Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators to help boost sustainability.

With the global governing body abiding to the GRI principles, it helps FEI event organisers to also implement sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives.

One example saw the Helsinki International Horse Show (HIHS) Organising Committee use horse manure to generate enough sustainable energy to power the event.

The green energy source was produced in conjunction with Fortum HorsePower, which also produced a surplus of 36 MWh.

The Organising Committee also reduced overall paper usage at last month’s event by 64 per cent, used electric and bicycle-powered transport where possible and cut the amount of single-use plastics and food waste.

These efforts formed the HIHS Jumps Green project, which aims to continue to develop environmental legacies at major events.

The results of the project will be incorporated in a new version of the FEI’s Sustainability Handbook.

The guide was first released in 2014 but is being updated with new data and will be brought in line with the GRI.

The headquarters of the FEI are also adopting initiatives to support the sport’s sustainability projects.

The main office in Lausanne, Switzerland is already recognised as a “Minergie” certified building, a Swiss standard indicating low energy use, but the FEI have said they are committed to doing more.

Increased recycling efforts and staff training are some of the initiatives in the FEI’s Green Office project.

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