We’ll be announcing the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit Program in the coming months. Until then, take a look at the 2013 Summit Program below to see what we were up to in Brooklyn August 26-28.
Sunday, August 25 | SUMMARY OF THE DAY
On-site registration will be available from 12-6pm
Monday, August 26 | SUMMARY OF THE DAY
Workshop: Using Bottom Line Results to Drive Environmental PerformanceREAD MORE
Countless teams and venues are successfully implementing environmental initiatives that add more green to the bottom line by reducing operating costs, developing new sponsorship revenue and enhancing the organization's brand. This workshop will present how teams, venues and events can make the financial and business case for greening initiatives. Co-hosts and presenters will explore making the case and financing options for operational improvements that enhance the overall environmental and financial performance of the organization.
- Co-Lead: Scott Jenkins | Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners | Chairman, Green Sports Alliance
- Co-Lead: Justin Zeulner | Senior Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers
Darryl Benge | Arena General Manager, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay Lightning & Tampa Bay Storm
Craig Harnett | Senior Executive VP, Treasurer and CFO, National Hockey League
Ben Miller | Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
- Blaine Collison | Director, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Terry Hudgins | Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
Workshop: Baselines and Benchmarks: Where we are, where do we want to go?READ MORE
Many stadiums and arenas now have comprehensive data on their facility performance over several years. Operators are gaining a much deeper understanding of what makes their buildings run as efficiently (and cheaply) as possible, and identifying what presents the greatest challenges. The question is, with all this data in hand, what are we going to do with it? Setting baselines of localized environmental data can help drive operational performance improvement and business unit decisions. And benchmarking allows for portfolio and industry performance evaluation. Many other building types have successfully identified common metrics to assess building performance and have accurate and meaningful ways to compare buildings, particularly through EPA ENERGY STAR ratings. Stadiums and arenas do not share this benefit...yet. In this session, we will explore how sports venues may accurately set internal baselines as well as benchmark building performance while accounting for broad variations in building size and type, number of events, attendance, weather, and more—through the league data tracking tools, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and other means. Venue operators have already demonstrated that data collection and analysis present an enormous opportunity to improve a facility’s environmental performance while substantially reducing operating costs. The next step is enabling the accurate and effective comparison of data between venues to provide all operators with the chance to see how they stack up against other facilities, and more easily identify ways to increase efficiency and reduce utility costs and their respective stadiums and arenas. The intent of this session is to get us closer to these important goals.
Lead: Joe Abernathy | VP, Stadium Operations, St. Louis Cardinals
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz | Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Darby Hoover | Senior Resource Specialist, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Andrea Schnitzer | National Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Jackie Ventura | Sustainability & Operations Coordinator, AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat Group
Workshop: Striving for Zero Waste in Collegiate SportsREAD MORE
Colleges and universities across the nation are beginning to harness the power of integrating sports and sustainability. A shining example, Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, sees over 100,000 attendees and over 11 tons of waste produced at every home game. Last year, on average, 87.2% of that waste was composted or recycled. Ever more collegiate athletics and recreation programs are implementing similar, impressive sports greening initiatives. All staff, vendors, fans, teams, and many campus departments contribute to waste generation at collegiate sporting facilities, and all can participate in helping to divert that waste from the landfill. The issue can be tackled at all sporting complexes across campus—and success can lead to strong fan support and sponsor interest. Achieving consistently high diversion rates requires collaboration across many departments, partners and student groups. This workshop will look at success stories from collegiate sports and introduce ways to design and implement zero waste initiatives with the support of all stakeholder groups.
- Lead: Whitney Wagoner | Senior Instructor of Sports Business/Industry Analyst, Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, University of Oregon
Mick Deluca | Executive Director, Recreation and Campus Life, UCLA
Corey Hawkey | Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University
Alice Henly | Coordinator of Collegiate Sports Greening, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder
- Andrew Bellina | Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Edward von Bleichert | Manager, Environmental Operations, Department of Facilities Management, University of Colorado Boulder
Workshop: Implementing & Amplifying Environmental Fan Engagement ProgramsREAD MORE
Greening programs offer sports teams, venues and events opportunities to improve their environmental performance-and to raise environmental awareness among fans. This workshop will look at how sports organizations are successfully engaging fans in their commitment to environmental stewardship through in-stadium signage, websites, promotions, marketing, communications and sponsorship. Through presentations, moderated Q&A and breakout sessions; leading teams, venues, athletes and sponsors will share their insights and experiences in developing authentic and effective environmental fan engagement programs.
- Lead: Val Fishman | Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Christopher Bradlee | Market Development Manager, North America, Biopolymers, BASF
Tom Carpenter | Director of Growth & Development, Sustainability Services, Waste Management
- Jacob Davis | Facility Operations Manager, CenturyLink Field
Neill Duffy | Sport, Sponsorship & Sustainability Advisor
Brandon Hamilton | Director of Facilities, Kansas City Chiefs
- Joe Khirallah | Chief Executive Officer, Green Bear Group
- Adam Kustin | President, Shelton Group
Lunch & Networking
Solutions Roundtable: Schools, Gardens & PV Solar: Amplifying community relations through environmental initiativesREAD MORE
According to Nielsen's State of the Media: 2012 Year in Sports, almost 10% of the U.S. population believes their local pro sports team has the greatest positive impact on their community—ranking above local government, schools and businesses. Initiatives focused on environmental education and stewardship can offer teams and venues new ways to engage with their communities, make a lasting impact and activate new partnerships. This roundtable will highlight leading environmentally-focused community relations programs and brainstorm opportunities for new initiatives.
Moderator: Rachel Gutter | Director, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council
Jarian Kerekes | Director, Social Responsibility, National Basketball Association
Diane Wood | President, National Environmental Education Foundation
Ethan Nelson | Waste Prevention and Green Building Manager, City of Eugene, OR
- Christa Thoeresz | Director of Community Relations, Portland Timbers
Solutions Roundtable: Getting to the Game: Transportation SolutionsREAD MORE
For sports events to be successful, it is essential that fans are able to get to the game quickly and safely. In this time of changing city landscapes and environmental considerations, alternative transportation solutions are becoming more necessary, and abundant. This roundtable will explore integrating transportation management planning, understanding fan and employee transportation options, and creating innovative incentive and revenue generation programs to reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
- Moderator: Dru van Hengel | NW Planning Manager, Alta Planning + Design
Nick Brown | Director of Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University
Adam Lasky | Director of Ballpark Operations, Washington Nationals
- Brian Wynne | President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
Solutions Roundtable: Unleashing LED Lighting at ScaleREAD MORE
There is no arguing that LED lighting saves substantial energy and money over the long term. Many venues are undertaking energy efficient lighting retrofits in their concourses and signage, but untested technology and strict broadcasting lighting requirements have kept many from exploring LEDs for larger venue retrofits as well as performance lighting. The latest technology is up to the challenge. This roundtable will look at moving beyond emergency concourse and outside lighting and exploring opportunities to integrate LEDs throughout the entire venue, even the playing surface.
- Moderator: Kyle Hemmi | Senior Energy Engineer, CLEAResult
- Jennifer R. Dolin | Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, OSRAM SYLVANIA
- Sean Langer | Director of Operations, KFC Yum! Center
Omar Mitchell | Director, Sustainability, National Hockey League
Solutions Roundtable: Moving to Zero-Waste: Tackling challenges to increase waste diversion ratesREAD MORE
High costs, lack of local infrastructure or partners and slow organizational buy-in present many challenges to sports teams and venues growing recycling and composting programs and striving to increase waste diversion rates. Venues have proven time and again that these issues can be overcome—increasing waste diversion rates, reducing long-term costs and engaging employees and fans in the effort. This roundtable will highlight teams and venues that have made real progress in a challenging environment and start a discussion on how the industry can advance, and allow others to follow suit.
- Moderator: Jill Savery | Head of Sustainability, America's Cup Event Authority
Mary Milne | Vice President, Operations, Tampa Bay Times Forum
Gail Clark | Vice President, Project Development, Comcast-Spectacor
Michael Doyle | Executive Vice President and Arena General Manager, Vancouver Canucks/Rogers Arena
Matthew Kastel | Manager of Baseball Operations and Events, Maryland Stadium Authority
- Lisa Feldt | Associate Deputy Administrator, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Solutions Roundtable: Eating Like the Athletes: Providing local, healthier food options at sports venuesREAD MORE
With nearly 30% of children in the US facing obesity, there is a growing national focus on what we eat. Providing healthier, local food options and smaller portion sizes would help fans eat more like the athletes they admire and encourage high-performance, sustainable lifestyles. This roundtable will explore how teams and venues can work with concessionaires, local vendors and even team chefs to change up the food options at games and events and maintain the sports industry's role as a leader in supporting healthier lifestyles.
- Moderator: Stacy Molander | Director, Strategic Initiatives, Partnership for a Healthier America
Jami Leveen | Director of Marketing and Environmental Stewardship, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment
Brendan Brazier | Former Pro Ironman
Richard Hamilton | Vice President, Food and Beverage, Delaware North Companies Sportservice
- Joe Herman | Director of Purchasing, Levy Restaurants
Solutions Roundtable: Selling Sustainability: The right pitch to the right stakeholdersREAD MORE
Sports teams and venues are making the case for sustainability by selling the many benefits of greening initiatives to a wide range of stakeholders. Be it cost savings, new sponsorship opportunities, or fan and community engagement, each stakeholder is motivated by a different result, and the sustainability "pitch" must be tailored accordingly. This roundtable will present how team and venue staff from various departments have overcome barriers to implement greening initiatives, and built on their successes to gain buy-in from key stakeholders and partners.
- Moderator: Joe Khirallah | Chief Executive Officer, Green Bear Group
Scott Jenkins | Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners | Chairman, Green Sports Alliance
Molly Ray | Environmental Solutions Manager, Office Depot
Jeff Provenzano | Director of Operations, Camden Yards Sports Complex
Christa Thoeresz | Director of Community Relations, Portland Timbers
Solutions Roundtable: Leveraging Technology for Energy Management: Best in class IT for best in class venue operationREAD MORE
Daily operations no longer have to be a game of "guess and check." Data tracking, energy dashboards, building automation systems and renewable energy installations can help increase venue performance—saving time, natural resources and money. This roundtable will feature venues and leagues that are improving their operational performance through sophisticated IT, and a discussion of the tools and resources the industry could use to continue advancing.
Moderator: Tom Sedory | Director of IT Planning & Business Operations, NIKE, Inc.
Jacob Davis | Facility Operations Manager, CenturyLink Field
Timothy Landis | Director of Operations and Engineering, University of Phoenix Stadium
Shaun Oliver | Vice President of Operations, Red Bull Arena, Inc.
Solutions Roundtable: A Breath of Fresh Air for Athletes, Fans and Staff: Innovations in green cleaningREAD MORE
Effective green cleaning products and procedures are now widely available, and are becoming more cost-competitive every day. This roundtable will look at the most innovative green cleaning products, techniques and staff engagement programs to help ensure the health of all those who visit sports venues.
- Moderator: Stephen Ashkin | Executive Director, Green Cleaning Network
- Sissy Burkhart | Cleaning Operations Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park
Dan Schupsky | Aquatics Coordinator, Assistant Men's & Women's Swim Coach & Pottruck Building Eco-Rep, University of Pennsylvania
Jim Jones | Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA
- Bryan Leslie | Director, Building Operations and Team Up Green, Air Canada Centre
Tuesday, August 27 | SUMMARY OF THE DAY
Opening Keynote: Lisa MacCallum Carter | Vice President, Access to Sport, NikeREAD MORE
Investing in the Future: Supporting Sustainability from Top to BottomREAD MORE
As a rule, if a program is a priority to a team owner, it becomes a priority for everyone who works for that team and the venue they play in. Professional team owners are making sustainability a priority—investing capital and enabling staff to innovate and advance greening initiatives. As a result, their teams and venues are seeing increased efficiencies, dramatic cost savings, and reduced environmental impacts. In a direct discussion with some of these owners who are walking the walk, this opening panel will explore how top-down leadership and support is accelerating effective sports greening programs, and why these owners have made sustainability a priority.
- Moderator: Fabian DeGarbo | Senior Manager of Global Sustainability, ESPN
Christina Weiss Lurie | Co-Owner, Philadelphia Eagles
Bob Nutting | Chairman of the Board, Pittsburgh Pirates
Rita Benson LeBlanc | Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans
Exhibits & Networking Break
Sustainability & Sports Sponsorship: How new activations, new products and new companies are integrating sustainability in sports sponsorshipREAD MORE
The sports vertical is one of the most prevalent leaders in marketing consumer-facing goods and services to the world. Companies are increasingly leveraging the sports industry as a vehicle to sell their environmentally branded products and services alongside, or over, their traditionally branded alternatives, but progress remains slow. Based on consumer demand, there are growing opportunities for new team and venue sponsorship and activations around environmental initiatives, and companies from product categories that don't normally market within the sports industry are beginning to step in and take advantage. Panelists will discuss emerging environmentally-focused sponsorship opportunities for teams and venues, and which companies will be the first to step up to the plate.
- Moderator: Justin J. Zeulner | Senior Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers
- Greg Busch | Executive Vice President, GMR Marketing
Jim Madej | Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, National Grid
Mike Ulwelling | Chief Executive Officer, ServiceMaster Solutions and Ideagility
- David Tulauskas | Director of Sustainability, General Motors Company
Lunch & Networking
4 Ways Sports Teams & Venues Can Tackle Environmental IssuesREAD MORE
Issues related to energy, waste, water, and more present us with looming environmental challenges across the globe. The thought of tackling all this can be overwhelming, but there are solutions that the sports industry can provide. This session will present four environmental impact areas in which sports teams and venues have proven successful in lessening their impact and raising awareness of the issues. Presenters will outline the environmental issues we are facing as they relate to the built environment, electronic waste, energy and water, and food waste and hunger, and the big solutions the sports industry can (and does) provide.
- Moderator: Dr. Allen Hershkowitz | Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Richard Graves | Executive Director, International Living Future Institute
Todd Reeve | CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Jim Puckett | Executive Director, Basel Action Network
- Cheryl Coleman | Acting Director, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
4 Ways to Green Sporting Events: Expert presentationsREAD MORE
Creating robust environmental initiatives around waste, energy, carbon footprint, and fan engagement can be quite a challenge when you're putting on an event that hundreds of thousands of people will attend. In this session, we'll hear from four leaders in sports and sustainability on the different aspects of innovative and environmentally-conscious event planning.
- Moderator: Jill Savery | Head of Sustainability, America's Cup Event Authority
Lauren Kittelstad Tracy | Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, United States Tennis Association
Edgar Farrera | Director of Sustainability, Circuit of The Americas
- Tisha Ford | Director, Events Business Development, National Football League
Paul Hanlon | Director of Facility Operations | Major League Baseball
Exhibits & Networking Break
Beyond the Debate: Extending the life of the sports we love to play and watchREAD MORE
With recent events such as Superstorm Sandy, the worst drought in nearly 60 years, and the hottest year on record in 2012, climate change has come into sharper focus across the country and in the world of sports. While teams and venues no longer rely on mother nature to keep grass fields green or ice rinks frozen, they are keenly aware of the rising costs related with doing so. Without action, the sports we love to play and watch are in jeopardy. By addressing the effects of climate change in both the near-term and long-term, sports organizations may help mitigate costs and place themselves in a stronger position for the future, both for business success and as leading stewards of their communities. Many major corporations have taken steps to address climate change; how can the sports industry follow suit? This panel will feature environmental scientists discussing the significance of climate change, and introduce what corporations are doing to take action—and, how sports organizations can also get in the game.
Moderator: Val Fishman | Vice President Corporate Partnerships, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Dan Lashof | Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, NRDC
Christopher Miller | Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's
Chris Steinkamp | Executive Director, Protect Our Winters (POW)
Janet McCabe | Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gala Dinner (Separate Ticket Required)READ MORE
Join the Green Sports Alliance for an evening celebrating the leaders of the sports greening movement, with special guest Christina Weiss Lurie. Click here to find out more and secure your seat at this year's gala.
Wednesday, August 28 | SUMMARY OF THE DAY
Keynote: Andrew Winston | Founder, Winston Eco-StrategiesREAD MORE
Athletes Stepping up to Bat for the PlanetREAD MORE
Professional athletes rank as some of the most influential individuals in our society. They have the ability to captivate fans and rally entire communities around a single team, and even a personal cause. Athletes understand that healthy schools, streets and communities are necessary to maintain the sports we all love to play. As they have done in the past with many social causes, professional athletes are now beginning to advocate on behalf of the environment. Whether riding their bike to the game or participating in team community outreach projects or pursuing careers focused on the environment following play, professional athletes can have a strong influence in encouraging behavior change and environmental responsibility among millions of fans. This panel will explore how current and former athletes have stepped up to bat for the planet, and how their teams, venues and sponsors can help amplify their efforts.
- Moderator: David Epstein | Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
- Kimmy Fasani | Professional Snowboarder
Andrew Ference | Stanley Cup Champion + Defenseman, Edmonton Oilers | Environmentalist
Michael Richter | Chief Executive Officer + Founding Partner, Healthy Planet Partners
Exhibits & Networking Break
A Watershed Moment: Innovative strategies in water conservation at stadiums and venuesREAD MORE
Water costs are increasing, and scarcity issues across the nation are becoming more persistent. From irrigating fields to power-washing seating bowls to flushing toilets, all sporting venues and events require a high volume of water. Smart wastewater and storm water management procedures, along with the installation of efficient water fixtures and rain catchment systems, can help venues mitigate both the financial and environmental costs of water use. This panel will discuss how innovations around conventional water management ideas can improve the conservation strategies of sports teams and venues across the nation.
Moderator: Pete Muñoz | Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
Tim Trefzer | Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA)
John McEvoy | Senior Manager, Ballpark Operations, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club
Doug Hall | General Manager, BBVA Compass Stadium
Closing Remarks: Nick Keller, Founder, Beyond Sport + Scott Jenkins | Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners + Chairman, Green Sports Alliance
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium (Invite-Only)READ MORE
Hosted by the U.S. EPA and Green Sports Alliance. This symposium is invite-only. Click here to find out more about the Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium.