Environmental Considerations

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Touting the most LEED points earned to date for a sports venue in the world, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will serve as an apropos location for the Summit. The stadium utilizes renewable energy, has a stormwater recapture and storage system, and boasts 82,500 square feet of efficient LED lighting. The stadium and home teams, the Falcons and United FC, are dedicated to their community and participate in food recovery and donation programs, partner with Trees Atlanta to share captured rainwater for tree irrigation, and participate in the Novelis Recycle for Good program collecting aluminum cans to fund Habitat for Humanity home builds.

“As the first professional sports stadium in the U.S. to be awarded LEED Platinum certification, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been at the forefront of innovation in sustainability efforts. We look forward to welcoming like-minded thought leaders in the industry to help further the sports sustainability movement,” said Scott Jenkins, General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance.

Please visit the Mecedes-Benz Stadium website to learn even more about their environmental features and programs.

MBS Stadium Highlight-5 month emailer

Carbon and Water Offsets

BEFThrough the generous support of Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the 2017 Summit will offset its environmental impact in the following areas:

  • Verified carbon offsets are provided to the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit to offset the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions associated with attendee, sponsor, speaker and staff travel
  • The electricity used at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is matched with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to support renewable energy generation
  • The water footprint of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit Water is balanced with Water Restoration Certificates® (WRCs) that restore critically depleted freshwater systems.

Exhibitor Practices

Our Vendor Showcase will highlight the impressive product- and service-suppliers of the sports industry, who specifically specialize in sustainable options. All Summit vendors agree to follow our sustainable exhibitor booth best practices to reduce environmental impact, including:

  • Exhibitors are asked to use non-dated, event neutral designs so leftover items may be used at future events.
  • Exhibitors are asked to print signage and handouts through FSC-certified printers and/or paper made of post-consumer content and use non-chlorine, inks such as vegetable or soy.
  • Exhibitor giveaways for attendees are utilitarian items that are sustainably-made and recyclable.