Get Ready to Ignite Change! You’re cordially invited to the Green Sports Alliance’s innovative Virtual Collegiate Networking Session – a one-of-a-kind experience designed exclusively for representatives from colleges and universities (staff, faculty, coaches, students). Secure your spot now and be a catalyst for positive change in the world of collegiate sports sustainability.
What to Expect:
- Discover the Future of Collegiate Sustainability: Unveil a world of opportunities as you meet the dynamic Green Sports Alliance team and look at our exciting new collegiate membership tiers.
- Connect and Collaborate: Join a network of like-minded representatives from colleges and universities dedicated to advancing sustainability in athletics. Forge valuable connections, share insights, and explore the limitless possibilities of collaboration.
- Empower Your Campus: Delve into the invaluable resources designed exclusively for the collegiate community by the Green Sports Alliance. Let’s not only discuss what we have to offer but also co-create the solutions your campus needs to become a sustainability leader in collegiate sports.
Link to RSVP: HERE
COLLEGIATE SUSTAINABILITY AND ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Lauren Lichterman is the Collegiate Sustainability and Engagement Specialist for the Green Sports Alliance. Her role is focused on providing support to collegiate and university current and potential members.
Lauren Lichterman is a seasoned professional in the sport sustainability industry. While working for Texas Athletics for nearly a decade as their Operations and Sustainability Coordinator, she was responsible for the Fan Services, Stadium Tours, and Sustainability programs. Her work included organizing sustainability efforts in all Athletics programs and facilities, specifically focusing on the campus zero-waste goal and fan and student engagement. She also worked for Texas A&M Athletics as a graduate assistant, spearheading the development of their sustainability master plan – the first of its kind in collegiate athletics.
Lauren lives in Austin, TX. She is a sports, outdoors, and fitness enthusiast. She enjoys playing recreational sports and attending any live sporting events (Hook ‘em Horns), picking up heavy things and putting them back down, hiking, hammocking, reading, visiting wineries and distilleries, and seeing movies. Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Sport Management in 2010 and Texas A&M University with an M.S. in Sport Management in 2022.
MANAGER OF MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS
Shay Strawser is the Manager of Marketing, Communications and Events. In her role, Shay tells the Green Sports Alliance story as we Play for the Next Generation. She manages marketing and public relation efforts, while harnessing partnerships growth.
Shay lives in Philadelphia, PA as climate action leader and community advocate. She is trail runner and basketball player that spends most of her in nature. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility from Temple University.
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE EVENTS AND ANALYTICS
Michael Kraus is a passionate advocate for waste diversion and sustainable events. Prior to Green Sports Alliance, co-founded two sustainability-focused companies that continue to serve partners across the United States. Michael lovingly referred to himself as the Chief Diversion Officer as the co-founder of Food Loops. What started out of a pick-up truck quickly grew to support sustainable events on a national scale. Michael and the Food Loops staff have helped to execute sustainable events with NASCAR, UCI, NCAA March Madness, LPGA, College Football Playoffs, and more.
Because Michael can’t get enough of spending time in dumpsters or with waste diversion, he co-founded another business called Anew Lumber Co, which started to divert lumber waste and resell materials from construction sites. The company has since pivoted into a construction and demolition recycling company.
Michael’s athletic claim to fame is he was on the Lady Razorback practice basketball team where he successfully tried to keep up. He lives in NW Arkansas with his wife Rachel and two kiddos; he loves chess, any sport involving a ball, and this planet.
MEMBER SERVICES AND EVENTS SENIOR MANAGER
Bradley Vogel is the Member Services and Events Senior Manager for the Green Sports Alliance. In his role, he works closely with all GSA members to ensure they are getting maximum value from their memberships, ensuring that they all are able to reach their sustainability goals. In addition, he assists with putting on events like the GSA Summit, and other sporting events that the GSA is a part of.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Bradley was in charge U.S. Bank Stadium’s sustainability program, overseeing the development and implementation of the program. Working with events like the Super Bowl, NCCA Final Four, the X Games, and many other events like NFL games, concerts and more, Brad’s time at the stadium culminated with a LEED Platinum Certification for
Operations and Maintenance, the first stadium of its kind to receive that distinction.
Brad has a robust background with sports and sustainability supervising waste sort teams at stadiums like Target Field and Huntington Bank Stadium to leading Green Team volunteers at MLB and NHL games. Brad took a brief hiatus from the sports world to work for Sustainable Investment Group, a full service sustainability consulting firm specializing in LEED certifications, wellness certifications, and engineering services. In this role, Brad became well versed in the ARC platform, which has now partnered with the GSA to help leagues, venues, and teams benchmark, track, and improve their utilities usage and waste diversion.
Brad lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Lydia and two cats Phoenix and Odin. He is an avid biker, hiker, camper, gardener, snowboarder and loves checking out local breweries and distilleries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science Degree in Sustainability Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE & SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS
Matt Adler is the Director of Corporate and Sports Partnerships for the Green Sports Alliance. Matt works closely with our Corporate Member Network and nonprofit partners to vet and promote technology, products, and services that will help our sports members achieve their sustainability goals. Matt also helps to produce our annual summit, along with webinars, symposiums and other GSA events.
Before joining the GSA, Matt was the Head of Business Development at Turvo, which is a transportation management solution for the logistics and supply chain. He hired and managed a team of five to help Turvo surpass its sales targets and help its customers eliminate inefficiencies and save money. Before Turvo, Matt worked at a supply chain optimization technology called LLamasoft, where he was able to gain experience helping large organizations create a benchmark measurement of their greenhouse gas emissions and build a roadmap to optimize their network for sustainability. He served as the first president of LLamaCARES, the company’s nonprofit division.
Matt has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, public relations, and policy. He studies social relations and policy at James Madison College within Michigan State University. He roots for Detroit sports and is a huge MSU fan. Matt is passionate about sustainability, social justice, and helping others. He enjoys volunteerism and giving back to the local community. He lives in Carlsbad, CA, just outside of San Diego. He likes playing basketball, hiking, spending time at the beach, live music, and the outdoors.
EVENTS, MEMBERSHIP, & CONTRACT COORDINATOR
Katie Gavitt is the Events, Membership, & Contract Coordinator at the Green Sports Alliance. She assists in finding the connections between sports entities and corporate partners for a more sustainable future in the establishments. She manages parts of event greening for Green Sports Alliance’s advisory services & assists in marketing & communications.
She graduated in December 2022 with her Sports MBA from San Diego State University. Her Undergrad is in Communications at San Francisco State University. She spent her early career in hotels and restaurants in the Bay Area, then transitioned to education in Spain. While getting her MBA, she worked for UCSD athletics, San Diego Wave FC, & Snapdragon Stadium.
Katie enjoys weight lifting & yoga. She loves live music & making playlists for her friends. You will either catch her chasing the sunshine or trekking to the snowiest mountains to snowboard.
Join us for an engaging Collegiate webinar session that delves into Sustainable Events. Together, we’ll play our part in advancing sustainability in sports and entertainment.