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Formula E Join Forces With Green Sports Alliance

Formula E part of growing sustainability network

LONDON, UK (November 30) The FIA Formula E Championship has today announced its partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a prestigious organisation dedicated to promoting sustainability in the sports industry.

The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the development of better practices and solutions to environmental challenges in the sports industry. Its initiative aspires towards global participation of environmental stewardship including focussing on reducing waste output, conserving energy and embracing renewable energy, and eliminating toxic chemicals.

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As the world’s first fully-electric racing series, Formula E represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: “Formula E is proud of the collaborative nature in which leading world companies, both in and out of motor racing, have come together with a shared vision of promoting sustainability. We look forward to our shared co-operation with the Green Sports Alliance in the push to promote sustainable values.”

“Formula E is the only sport ever created specifically to advance an environmental mission, that is, getting car racing to shift away from its dependence on fossil fuels. In doing so, Formula E has captured the hearts and minds of environmentalists as well as racing fans throughout the world,” said Green Sports Alliance President Allen Hershkowitz. “I can think of no better alignment of purpose than the collaboration of Formula E and the Green Sports Alliance. We are delighted and honoured to have them as the newest member of our international sports greening coalition.”

Agag will join a panel of experts organised by Green Sports Alliance at COP21 in Paris in December to address representatives of European sports organisations, NGOs, government representatives and the public, to highlight the opportunities that sustainability in sports offers to the wider climate change effort. He will also be a keynote speaker at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, USA in June 2016.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com


NASCAR and Green Sports Alliance Join Forces



Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D.
President, Green Sports Alliance



It is often influences from outside a field of work that make the greatest contributions to its progress. Seat belts were invented by a neurosurgeon, not an automotive engineer. Darwin was trained as a minister, not a geneticist. Sir Isaac Newtown was trained as a mathematician, not a physicist. Steve Jobs was not trained as a computer scientist.

So it seems right now with the movement to build environmental literacy throughout American culture. Climate scientists are under attack from politicians and are not trusted by a surprisingly large percentage of US citizens: According to a poll performed by Pew Public Opinion Research earlier this year, while 87 percent of scientists believe that climate change is caused by human activity, only 50 percent of US citizens think so, a 37 percent gap.

Science is not just another opinion. Consequently, the lack of faith in climate science among US citizens is worrisome given the urgent need for us all to come together to address it.

So how do we more effectively disseminate environmental literacy to the masses? Everything contains its opposite, and this is where NASCAR comes in when it comes to environmental education.

I have worked on environmental issues for 35 years and had anyone told me decades ago that NASCAR was going to play an important role in cultivating allies in support of responsible environmental stewardship, I would have thought they were not serious. Throughout my career in environmental research and advocacy I have worked with the world’s most influential environmental advocacy groups trying to cultivate allies, both traditional allies and non-traditional allies, in support of our mission. And now, confirming that everything contains it opposite, I a proud to report that NASCAR has partnered with the Green Sports Alliance to spread the word about responsible environmental stewardship.

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 04: A NASCAR Green decal is seen in the garage during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 04: A NASCAR Green decal is seen in the garage during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

At a ceremony in Chicago on September 16th, I joined NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France and other senior NASCAR officials announcing a formal partnership between NASCAR and the Green Sports Alliance. NASCAR drivers Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr were also in attendance, and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute delivered a keynote address. The recently announced NASCAR-Green Sports Alliance collaboration is focused on promoting energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy, recycling and composting of wastes, the marketing of healthier food, and fan education.

To tens of millions of Americans, NASCAR is a trusted and widely embraced form of community engagement. Trusted community networks provide the safe space needed to help people change their minds and behavior. NASCAR provides this kind of influential and non-political “trusted network.” The NASCAR-Green Sports Alliance collaboration will build on where people are at: the trusted network that NASCAR provides to tens of millions of Americans, regardless of political or economic affiliation.

While climate deniers can ignore science and attack the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with impunity, they cannot attack NASCAR with impunity. NASCAR’s culturally influential embrace of the need to address climate change and promote environmental stewardship will help end climate change denial.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Photo taken during the NASCAR Green Summit at Venue SIX10 on September 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/NASCAR via Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 16: Photo taken during the NASCAR Green Summit at Venue SIX10 on September 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/NASCAR via Getty Images)

To advance sustainability, NASCAR, like many businesses, is working to become greener. Perhaps one day, like Formula E, (which has just recently joined the Green Sports Alliance), NASCAR races will shift to all electric vehicles charged by the wind and the sun. Perhaps, but not yet.

What is clear is that while improvements need to be made, there is no single business undertaking or governmental law that can solve our many ecological problems. However small our day-to-day actions may seem, our collective purchases add up to meaningful regional and global impacts. Most individuals and businesses, including NASCAR, can only do relatively small things, whether it’s buying products made with recycled content, buying renewable energy, driving a fuel-efficient car, composting, or conserving water.

Small things can lead to big changes. And that is especially true for a enormously visible organization like NASCAR. All industries are connected to NASCAR and every one of them has to do something to address the ecological pressures we collectively face, regardless of how small it might seem. NASCAR, like the other sports leagues, teams and businesses that the Green Sports Alliance is collaborating with, is exploring how to shift its operations to ecologically preferable approaches. I am delighted that the Green Sports Alliance will be helping to guide NASCAR as it works to green its operations nationwide and educate millions of people about the benefits of doing so.


Oracle Arena Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

September 17th, OAKLAND, CA – AEG Facilities managed Oracle Arena announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

38_OracleArena_FloorLogo“Ensuring that we have a positive impact on the Oakland/ Alameda County community and our environment is extremely important to us” said Krystle von Puschendorf, Sustainability Programs Manager for Oracle Arena, “We are proud to have achieved LEED certification and are dedicated to running an environmentally friendly operation here in Oakland.”

To become LEED certified Oracle Arena made a number of impactful environmentally friendly upgrades throughout the venue, for example, replacing all 30% recycled paper with 100% recycled paper and using all 100% post-consumer recycled paper products in restrooms. Additionally Oracle Arena created recycling stations throughout the office for e-waste, installed low flow aerators for water conservation, partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel, implemented ORBIO Sc-5000 which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create a cleaning solution versus using chemicals, retrofitted the arena, replacing all arena lighting with low energy fixtures and lamps as well as motion sensors in key areas to provide energy savings of more than $80,000 a month.

“It’s been a goal of AEG Facilities to achieve LEED Certification for Oracle Arena with the enthusiastic support of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board” said Chris Wright, Vice President and General Manager, “we are constantly looking for ways to make our operation more eco-efficient and will continue to identify future projects that are in line with our goals.”

Oracle Arena achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like AEG Facilities Oakland, Oracle Arena are addressing it through local solutions.”

About Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum
Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, managed by AEG Facilities, are the premiere sports and entertainment complexes in Northern California. Home of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics as well as host to concerts, family shows and special events. Additional information on Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, including a complete schedule of events can be found online at www.coliseum.com.