2018 Summit Program

The 2018 Summit Call for Proposals is now closed as of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Thank you to those who submitted proposals. We received many innovative and insightful breakout session ideas.

This year, we’re adding more networking opportunities and focusing on hands-on workshops for attendees to work through challenges, share lessons learned, and gather valuable take-aways to implement in their communities. Your full conference ticket will get you access to multiple networking opportunities with peers and vendors, various exhibitors providing tools to help you meet your sustainability goals, food and beverage throughout the conference and effective take-aways to bring back to your organization.

Continue to check back for ongoing 2018 Program announcements!

See below for 2017 Summit Educational Tracks to give you an idea of the types of educational programming the Summit provides. You’ll also find the 2017 Program below for reference.

Sunday, June 25 | Summary of the Day
8:00 am
Green Apple Day of ServiceREAD MORE

If you have any questions or would like to get involved contact natalie@greensportsalliance.org



Monday, June 26 | Summary of the Day
9:00 am
Pac-12 Sustainability ConferenceREAD MORE

Consistent with its reputation as the "Conference of Champions," the Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to convene a high level symposium focused entirely on integrating sustainability into college athletics and across college campuses.

In the pioneering spirit of the West Coast, the Pac-12 and each of its member universities are proud members of the Green Sports Alliance - making the Pac-12 the only major NCAA conference to unify in support of sustainability through such focused action.

All of the Pac-12 athletic departments have committed to measuring their environmental performance, developing strategies and goals to reduce their impact, monitoring their progress, and engaging fans and communities in greener practices. The Pac-12 is committed to using the power of sport to promote healthy, sustainable practices to its campus communities and among Pac-12 fans.

This inaugural Pac-12 Sustainability Conference signals an elevated approach to enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives, and sharing best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.

Click here to learn more & register.

Green Sports Alliance & Sacramento Kings Golf InvitationalREAD MORE

TPT registration, 10:30 a.m. PT shotgun start

Location: Granite Bay Country Club 9600 Golf Club Drive, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Join Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Gary Sheffield, Spud Webb, Jim Plunkett, and more.

Sponsorships, foursomes, and individual player opportunities now available.

Chip-in for a great cause and play on a Robert Trent Jones designed course.

Participation includes breakfast, lunch, a dinner reception with the athletes, and a gift package.

Interested in playing or sponsoring?
Call or email Erik Distler, erik@greensportsalliance.org, 714-585-8933.

Learn more >>

Tuesday, June 27 | Summary of the Day
8:00 am
Climate & Sports Student Summit (CSSS)READ MORE
At the Climate & Sports Student Summit (CSSS), students will have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge, voice and leadership skills to take on the roles of Student Sustainability Agents of Change in their schools and communities. Students will develop and implement action plans incorporating two nationally recognized sustainability programs to reduce energy and waste in schools. Additionally, students will learn directly from the sports world how they are modeling sustainability through their facilities and fan engagement, offering ideas of how to bring environmental awareness to their school sporting events. Learn more >>
Green Sports Alliance Summit RegistrationREAD MORE


9:00 am
Thought Leadership ForumREAD MORE

Invite only

The Thought Leadership Forum at the Green Sports Alliance Summit convenes leading organizations in the sports greening movement for an interactive and engaging workshop on how innovation, creativity and collaboration can advance the green sports movement. The 2017 Thought Leadership Forum will focus on how organizations can work together to engage internal and external stakeholders and affect change in communities.

  • Moderator: Joe Khirallah | Founder & CEO, Green Bear Group
  • Kathy Cacciola | Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Aramark
  • Steve Davies | Director, Public Affairs & Communications, NatureWorks
  • Jack Groh | Director, Environmental Program, NFL
  • John Park | Business Development Manager, PlanLED
  • SponsorLogos_NatureWorks



    9:30 am
    Breakout ToursREAD MORE

    9:30-11:30 am

  • Golden 1 Center
  • Raley Field Sustainability Tour
  • UC Davis Innovative Lighting Tour
  • Learn more >>

    12:00 pm
    Coors Light Sports BarREAD MORE

    Coors Light’s Sports Bar will be open from 12pm-close

    Afternoon Main Stage: Women, Sports & the Environment SymposiumREAD MORE

    Innovative Inclusion: How Can We Innovate our Business to Include Women Employees and Sports Fans?
    The fifth annual Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium invites both men and women to a uniquely collaborative opportunity to reflect on what actions and strategies we can take to better include women in the workplace and in the fan base. The Symposium will feature a panel of industry experts and women leaders who have innovated their organizations to better include women in their business or sporting experiences. After the panel, the audience will participate in a facilitated discussion on what changes we can make personally and professionally to include the perspective of women and capture the market opportunity of women. The annual Women, Sports & Environment Symposium is one of the many ways that the Green Sports Alliance works to include the perspective of female thought leaders working at the confluence of sports and the environment.

  • Moderator: Jen Regan | Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc.
  • Shana Daum | Vice President, Public Affairs & Community Relations, San Francisco Giants
  • Kristina Gregory | Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Corporate Sponsorships, Constellation
  • Gloria Nevarez | Senior Associate Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator, Pac-12
  • Joelle Terry | Vice President, Communications, Sacramento Kings
  • SponsorLogos_HOKSponsorLogos_NatureWorks

    2:30 pm
    Autonomous Vehicles Showcase
    Breakout ToursREAD MORE

    2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Golden 1 Center
  • California Safe Soil Tour: From Fork-to-Farm
  • SunSystem Solar Tour - Next Generation Facilities: Solar Leadership
  • Sac State Sustainable Campus Tour
  • Learn more >>

    4:30 pm
    Networking Break
    5:00 pm
    Evening Main Stage PlenaryREAD MORE

    Sacramento Welcome:

  • Chris Granger | President, Sacramento Kings
  • Keynote: Darrell Steinberg | Mayor of Sacramento
  • Keynote: Vivek Ranadivé | Owner and Chairman, Sacramento Kings
  • 6:30 pm
    An Interview with Basketball Legend, Bill WaltonREAD MORE
    Abe Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, interviews Bill Walton | Basketball Legend & Ambassador for the Health of the Earth
    7:00 pm
    Opening Night Reception

    Wednesday, June 28 | Summary of the Day
    8:00 am
    8:45 am
    Setting the Stage: A Historical Perspective from Alliance LeadershipREAD MORE
  • Jason Twill | Co-Founder & Past Chair, Green Sports Alliance
  • Justin Zeulner | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
  • 9:00 am
    Youth, Sports & Environment: An Interview with Calum WorthyREAD MORE
  • Interviewer: Addison Zeulner | Student, Beverly Cleary School; Portland, Oregon
  • Interviewer: Kolby Aipa | Student, Dwyer Middle School; Huntington Beach, California
  • Calum Worthy | Actor, Writer, Producer
  • 9:30 am
    The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their CommunitiesREAD MORE

    During this main stage panel, athletes representing a wide range of sports will share how they are incorporating environmental and social responsibility into their sport and daily lives. Panelists will also discuss how they are leveraging their influence as athletes, using their unique role to promote sustainable communities.

  • Moderator: Abe Madkour | Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal
  • Duke Aipa | President, Aipa Surf Company, Professional Surfer & Surf Ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation
  • Jesikah Cavanaugh | Student Athlete, Swimming, Oregon State University
  • Urijah Faber | Mixed Martial Arts
  • Shane Keough | Former Oakland A’s Minor Leaguer; CEO, Global Ecosystem Solutions Inc.
  • Sam Lewis | Student Athlete, Cross Country and Track & Field, Oregon State University
  • Julia Landauer | Championship Winning Driver, NASCAR
  • 10:30 am
    Networking Break
    11:00 am
    What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around WaterREAD MORE

    Whether it’s apparel, electricity, food, or sports events, water is embedded in every product’s lifecycle. The global water crisis has a direct impact on a company’s products, supply chain, stakeholders, and communities. Tackling the issue provides a great opportunity to not only directly affect the company’s water footprint, but also engage stakeholders in a larger public conversation about water conservation and restoration. Just like many social and environmental issues, water creates ample storytelling opportunities, which come with great wins and challenges. With the NHL bringing hockey to the desert with an expansion team in Las Vegas, Waste Management hosting the Greenest Show on Grass at the Phoenix Open, and MLB clubs and spring training venues spanning nearly all water stressed communities across the country, three prominent brands, among many others, are talking a lot about water.

    Profiling leaders in water conservation and restoration, this interactive workshop will have brands answering the question in stakeholder engagement: Why Water? Panelists will discuss how each company is walking the walk and then telling the story - highlighting which concepts sink and which float when it comes to storytelling around water. Through roundtable discussions, the audience will dive into topics including: gaining leadership support for initiatives and campaigns, effectively communicating with stakeholders internally and externally, and inspiring consumers and fans to conserve water.

  • Moderator: Sara Hoversten | Director, Corporate Partnerships, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Jason Kobeda | Senior Coordinator, Facility Operations, Major League Baseball
  • Janette Micelli | Manager, External Communications, Corporate Communications, Waste Management
  • Omar Mitchell | Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, National Hockey League
  • From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste ManagementREAD MORE

    Waste management at sports venues is not without its challenges. Professional and collegiate teams are developing unique solutions that not only promote efficient waste management, they also engage their fans, staff, and communities along the way. Successful recycling and composting initiatives at sports venues typically bring together public and private partners to divert the waste generated by thousands of fans during each event, while not breaking the bank. These venues go up the chain to evaluate waste sources and develop solutions to minimize waste generation across the life cycle of the products they purchase.

    Speakers representing professional and collegiate teams will present examples of effective waste management programs that address the need for operational efficiencies and engaged fans in sustainable behaviors. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss existing waste management challenges and learn strategies for integrating solutions with staff and fan engagement.

  • Introduction: Jessica Benchetrit | Associate Marketing Manager, MillerCoors
  • Moderator: Charlotte Dreizen | Project Associate, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue
  • Ashley Gravlee | Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Novelis, Inc.
  • Moira Hafer | Sustainability Specialist, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University
  • Dan Morash | Founder, California Safe Soil, LLC
  • Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable DesignREAD MORE

    Athletes are major investments. What are owners, front offices, trainers, and athletic directors doing to protect their most precious assets? As cities, owners, and front offices aim to be more sustainable and cut energy related expenditures, this session will discuss how teams are tracking player health and healthy work environments.

    In 2016, New York Giants' starting tight end Daniel Fells career was negatively impacted due to a staph infection. The year prior, three critical players from Tampa Bay were diagnosed with MRSA. Sports facility professionals are being asked to implement technologies that provide health and wellness benefits. During this round table session, attendees will learn about current trends in designing and tracking for health and wellness of sports venue occupants.

  • Moderator: Steve Levine | President & CEO, Clean Air Group, Inc.
  • Chris DeVolder | Managing Partner, HOK
  • Roger Elu | Chief Engineer, Forty Niners Stadium Management Company
  • Kevin Lewis | Sports Practice Director & Senior Vice-President, Henderson Engineers
  • Russ Romano | Director, Athletic Training, University of Southern California
  • A Roadmap: Improving Campus Sustainability Utilizing the Power of SportsREAD MORE

    With the distinctive ways in which universities are structured, comes a distinct set of challenges. In many cases, the distinct campus departments of sustainability and athletics typically do not work together. Bridging this gap between sustainability and athletics opens a multitude of innovative and cost-effective opportunities that can accelerate sustainable change across a university. Aligning and engaging all stakeholders is crucial to building meaningful partnerships, developing effective initiatives, and completing important projects.

    Join campus sustainability and athletics professionals to share and learn tactics and strategies that support campus-wide sustainability goals through collaboration with an athletics department. Speakers will highlight case studies of universities across that country that have successfully implemented sustainability-athletics partnerships that reduce environmental impact, promote efficiency, and engage key campus stakeholders.

  • Moderator: Lindsay Crum | Metrics & Program Manager, Yale Office of Sustainability
  • Kevin Discepolo | Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities, Operations, & Events Yale Athletics
  • Kaela Martins | Zero Waste Coordinator | University of Denver (DU)
  • Bob Segar | Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Planning & Environmental Stewardship, University of California, Davis
  • Sustainability & Data – Making Sense out of a Crowded MarketplaceREAD MORE

    15 years ago, using data and analytics to drive strategic decision-making in sports was a fringe fad with few adherents. Now, every major professional sports team either has an analytics department or data expert on staff. Similarly, 15 years ago, very few parties in commercial real estate were using data and analytics to manage their sustainability activities (cost and consumption analytics for energy, water, waste).

    Today, progressive building owners and managers are using data and analytics to reduce cost and consumption, thereby increasing net operating income and asset value, and to obtain green certifications to promote to stakeholders. While statistical data have revolutionized how sports are played, teams are built, and performance is measured, very few organizations are actively using sustainability data to drive strategic decision-making at their facilities.

    This session aims to explain the different software and hardware technologies that enable sustainability analytics, discuss their benefits and drawbacks, and help teams and facility managers make sense out of an increasingly crowded and complex marketplace.

  • Moderator: Alexandra Harry, LEED AP | Senior Program Associate, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Todd Brandel | Director of Product, Goby
  • Thomas Odenwald | Executive Vice President, SupplyShift
  • Annabelle Stamm nee Bennett | Senior Consultant, Quantis
  • 12:00 pm
    Coors Light Sports BarREAD MORE

    Coors Light’s Sports Bar will be open from 12pm-close

    12:15 pm
    12:45 pm
    Mini-Session: Silica Versus Copper: A Sustainable Network Infrastructure by CorningREAD MORE
  • Todd Christner | Director, Market Development, Corning
  • SponsorLogos_Corning

    1:30 pm
    Mini-Session: Sustainable Transformation of Stadiums and Arenas with Digital Lighting by Philips LightingREAD MORE

    New LED lighting with easy to use controls allow sports venues to use lighting assets not only for better illumination of the field and other areas, it provides new benefits well beyond illumination. When connecting all lighting assets they can be used for a better experience for fans, players or performers, and sponsors. Stadiums and arenas can be easily transformed to different events or to what is happening during an event, resulting in increased experiences, and more revenues in a sustainable manner. A few case studies of venues that have successfully adopted connected digital lighting will be presented.

  • Presenter: Manuel Oomen | Senior Marketing Director, Philips Lighting USA
  • SponsorLogos_Philips

    2:30 pm
    Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan EngagementREAD MORE

    Sporting events bring millions of guests together each year. With such a large platform, there is a huge opportunity to reach fans through sustainability-focused initiatives and programs highlighting the most critical environmental issues. Fan engagement is an important component to any sustainability program. When venue operators and sports teams collaborate, they have greater visibility and can cast a wider net to create fan engagement opportunities during and after events.

    During this panel discussion, we will focus on how venues and teams across different ownership and management scenarios can work together to create positive impact in their local communities. Each of these scenarios will present various opportunities and challenges to mobilize venue operators, fans, and communities to take a deeper look at environmental issues like GHG emissions, water conservation, and waste diversion.

  • Moderator: Sunny Sohrabian | Manager, Environmental Sustainability Projects & Initiatives, AEG
  • Adam Duvendeck | Director of Operations, StubHub Center
  • Amanda Ellis | Manager, Community Relations and Kings Care Foundation, LA Kings
  • Jessica Franco | Sustainability Programs Manager, STAPLES Center
  • Adam Miller | Director of Operations, Rabobank Arena
  • Sean Langer | Director of Operations, Gila River Arena
  • Lauren Nowinski | Director, Community Relations and LA Galaxy Foundation, LA Galaxy
  • Sports on the Move: Embracing Sustainability at Sports Events and BroadcastsREAD MORE

    Sporting events and broadcasts that move around from city to city or take place every few years, have an opportunity to positively impact the communities with which they interact. ESPN College GameDay and the Phoenix Final Four Host Committee have found innovative ways to build sustainable operations, often from the ground up, and leave a positive legacy in the host cities. When it comes to building a story that fans can engage with, IRONMAN Boulder and the City of Eugene (U.S. Olympic Track-and-Field Trials) are examples of how partners come together to encourage fans and athletes to embrace environmental and social responsibility.

    This session will focus on the challenges associated with temporary sporting events and broadcasts, explore solutions for reducing environmental impact, and provide examples of engaging the local community to enhance fan experience and encourage lasting behavior change.

  • Moderator: Erik Distler | Director of Partnerships, Green Sports Alliance
  • Deveron Musgrave | Waste Prevention & Green Building Program Coordinator, City of Eugene
  • Lee Spivak, LEED AP | Senior Associate, Waste Management
  • Colin Tetreault | Chair, Sustainability Committee, Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee
  • Judi Weiss | Senior Operations Producer, College GameDay
  • Leveraging Existing Resources: How Effective Partnerships Can Improve Your Triple Bottom LineREAD MORE

    Any sports entity, big or small, can engage in sports-greening across all aspects of their operations. However, some organizations with less capital or buy-in often require creative solutions that leverage existing resources to achieve their sustainability goals. One tactic proving successful, is through effective stakeholder engagement within team operations and across the public and private sector. Using sustainability-focused partnerships allow teams to engage their community and improve the fan experience, all while promoting cost-saving tactics that reduce environmental impact.

    This session will highlight how minor league and development teams are using the power of partnerships to develop and grow sustainability initiatives that promote their triple bottom line. Speakers will highlight strategies for building a thorough sustainability program across an organization and discuss the importance of involving all stakeholders across their organization to create an embedded culture of sustainability that reaches deep into the local community.

  • Moderator: Rahul Devaskar | Membership Manager, Green Sports Alliance
  • Krista Daniszewski | Sustainability Programs Specialist, Engineering Division, Township of Langley
  • Chip Maxson | General Manager, Sacramento RiverCats
  • Chris Murphy | President, Santa Cruz Warriors
  • Tools & Strategies for Behavior Change Across Your Fan-BaseREAD MORE

    Sports have tremendous power in influencing communities, both locally and globally, and they draw attention the some of the greatest issues of our day. Sports can leverage this influence to empower their fans to make positive changes in their lives that promote environmental and social stewardship. This session will explore examples of such initiatives across the sports greening movement, including how to leverage an organization's resources and partnerships to create programs that elevate greening their own operations, while capturing the attentions of their fans and encouraging them to follow the team's lead in adopting sustainable behavior practices at home, work, and play. How can members of the Green Sports Alliance continue to share and learn better practices in fan engagement around these issues?

    This workshop-style session will provide attendees with an opportunity to come together to share, learn, and discuss strategies for creating effective, environmentally-focused fan engagement. Session leaders will provide an outline of steps for designing, implementing, and measuring fan activations. Finally, attendees will gain insight into what motivates a sports entity's fans to adopt environmentally and socially responsible practices and how to measure and track change using existing resources.

  • Brian McCullough | Assistant Professor, Sport Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, Seattle University
  • Aileen McManamon | Founder & Managing Partner, 5T Sports Group
  • Monica Rowand | Program Manager, Ralphie's Green Stampede & President, Net Impact, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan ExperienceREAD MORE

    Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor venues can create challenges with maintaining a comfortable environment for occupants. A panelist of industry experts will share what they have learned from sports venue projects, including arenas, stadiums, and training facilities, where thermal comfort challenges vary as much as their respective climates.

    Speakers will examine trends across venue design and ventilation systems that improve comfort and reduce environmental impact. Case studies will include new venues (US Bank Stadium and Golden 1 Center), a new training facility (Virginia Military Institute).

    Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to examine the large exterior door feature at the Golden 1 Center and the ventilation strategy used to efficiently condition the seating bowl when the door is open.

  • Moderator: Elaine Aye, IIDA, LEED Fellow | Associate, Regional Manager, Green Building Services
  • Ryan Evans, PE, MBA, LEED, AP | Director of Sustainability & Research, Henderson Engineers
  • Ellen Mitchell Kozack | Vice President & Director of Sustainability, HKS
  • Jason Munn | Project Manager, RWDI Inc.
  • Fred Ortiz, AIA | Principal & Senior Vice President, Sports HKS
  • 4:00 pm
    Networking Break
    4:15 pm
    Evening Main Stage ProgramREAD MORE
    Green Sports Alliance Update | Alliance Leadership
    4:40 pm
    Fans First: How the Collegiate Community Can Drive Sustainable ChangeREAD MORE

    The higher education community is making significant contributions to sustainability in sports by bringing together groups not typically represented by professional sports: students, alumni, and faculty. During this panel, collegiate representatives will highlight how a grassroots approach to sports greening can leverage athletics and a university’s most important assets, its student, to foster environmental and social change across campus, neighboring communities, and the future workforce.

  • Moderator: Fahmida Ahmed | Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University
  • Oppong Hemeng | Athletics Sustainability Coordinator, University of Florida
  • Lauren Lichterman | Operations and Events Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Texas
  • Graham Oberly | Sustainability Coordinator, Athletics, The Ohio State University
  • Katie Zeller | Sustainability Coordinator, UCLA Recreation
  • 5:25 pm
    Sports Leadership UpdateREAD MORE

    Sport leagues and governing bodies across the globe are setting sustainability as a priority to leverage the power of their respective sport to drive environmental and social change in the communities in which they live, work and play. This main stage plenary will be comprised of representatives who will share how they are implementing innovative sustainable solutions across their organizations - and provide an update on what they have accomplished since the last Summit in June 2016.

  • Moderator: Joe Khirallah | Founder & CEO, Green Bear Group
  • Jack Groh | Director, NFL Environmental Program, NFL
  • Paul Hanlon | Senior Director, Ballpark Operations and Sustainability, MLB
  • Catherine Kummer | Senior Director, NASCAR Green Innovation
  • Omar Mitchell | Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NHL
  • Lauren Tracy | Director of Strategic Initiatives, USTA
  • Erin Schnieders | Vice President, Venues, NBA
  • 6:00 pm
    Bud Light Friendly HourREAD MORE
    Join us before the Celebration for the Bud Light Friendly Hour, hosted by Bud Light.


    7:20 pm
    Green Sports CelebrationREAD MORE

    Join us for an evening at the Golden 1 Center, celebrating the achievements of the sports greening movement. The evening is dedicated to the Green Sports Alliance Game Changers Award Ceremony, including the presentation of the Environmental Leadership Award and the Innovators of the Year Awards. Also featured is a recycled fashion show hosted by Renew Merchandise and Sacramento State University, showcasing original student designs.

  • Admission: Celebration is included with Summit registration, or purchase a Celebration ticket for $199

  • Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks provided
  • Programming at 7:20pm
  • Fashion Show at 7:30pm
  • Awards Presentation at 8:20pm
  • Learn more >>





    Thursday, June 29 | Summary of the Day
    7:45 am
    9:30 am
    Creating a Sustainability ECCO System: Case Studies from the Eagles and Packers on Making a Difference in their CommunityREAD MORE

    A sustainability program is more than efficient lighting and recycling bins. To truly make an impact, an organization must go beyond building upgrades to create a culture of sustainability and innovation within the organization and the community. Since 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles “Go Green” program has been leading the NFL with their sustainability efforts. Taking the program further, they are launching their “Go Green 2.0 Sustainability E.C.C.O. System.” Four states away, the Green Bay Packers are embarking on a project to engage their community with the development of the Titletown District. This 34-acre development adjacent to Lambeau Stadium will be a park with year-round, diverse programming featuring fitness-related activities and cultural opportunities for fans and the community. During this session, representatives from the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers will share their tools and lessons learned for engaging their organization, communities, and fans to further their respective sustainability goals. Attendees will learn strategies for moving beyond the stadium, identifying community needs, and creating a culture of sustainability.

  • Moderator: Lindsay Arell | Lead Strategist and consultant to Eagles, Honeycomb Strategies
  • Aaron Popkey | Director of Public Affairs, Green Bay Packers
  • Norman Vossschulte | Director of Guest Experience, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Purpose-Driven Platforms: Sponsorship Activation Aligned with Environmental & Social SustainabilityREAD MORE

    Sponsorship activation that engages communities, fans, and employees around social and environmental initiatives advances sustainability, provides brand authentication, and leads to a positive return on investment. Fans and employees are looking to align with brands that have shared values, including environmental stewardship, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Through activating corporate social responsibility initiatives via sports sponsorships - sponsors, teams, and athletes each play a part in engaging fans to promote positive behaviors and build fan loyalty.

    This panel presentation incorporates sustainability, sports, sponsorship, and marketing expertise across motorsports, sports leagues (NBA, WNBA, NHL), and golf; translating individual knowledge and experience into useful insights on purpose-driven sponsorship platforms and activation. Panelists will share examples of purpose-driven activation and inform on ways to promote sustainability objectives utilizing sports assets, including athlete engagement and integration of performance metrics to track ROI.

  • Moderator: Robin Raj | Founder & Executive Director, Citizen Group
  • Keith Edwards | Head of Sales Management, Specialty Plastics, North America, BASF
  • Chris Hogan | Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Growth Energy
  • Steve Pastorino | Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, Oakland A's
  • From Clubs to Tournaments: Sustainability Solutions across the Golf IndustryREAD MORE

    The golf industry, worth an estimated $70 billion and known for its rich history and tradition, is now becoming one of the leading innovators in finding sustainable solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems faced today. Golf clubs and tournaments play critical roles in reducing environmental impact and leveraging operations and partnerships to enhance green spaces for local communities.

    This session will feature case studies in golf ranging from tournament operations to the first corporate social responsibility report published within the North American golf industry at The Olympic Club. Speakers will discuss ways in which operators and sponsors are coming together to reduce the environmental footprint of operations across a diversity of management paradigms. Finally, attendees will learn how the PGA is building a comprehensive sustainability program to support continued growth in long-term solutions promoting efficiency and community engagement.

  • Moderator: Kristin Cushman | Executive Director & Founder, The Offset Project
  • Troy Flanagan | Director of Golf Maintenance Operations, Olympic Club
  • Michele Grossman | ‎Managing Principal, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility, Waste Management Sustainability Services
  • Keith Karbo | Tournament Director, Volvik Championship, LPGA
  • Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing VenuesREAD MORE

    While new, innovative stadiums and arenas open each year, many sports venues tend to be older, less modern structures that require consistent upkeep and maintenance. Through the lens of sustainability, sports venue operators are developing strategies that enable them to “tune up” their stadium or arena in ways that encourage innovation, promote efficiency, and preserve traditions.

    During this session, attendees will learn how existing venues ranging from over 100-years to 8-years of age are finding sustainable solutions to modernize venue operations. Speakers will highlight the obstacles they overcame, ranging from limited capital to challenging infrastructure, and the strategies used to achieve greater sustainability success. Join operators and partners from Wrigley Field, KeyArena, American Airlines Arena, and Citi Field to learn more.

  • Moderator: Ryan Colker | Director of Consultative Council/Presidential Advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Andrew Pigozzi, AIA, LEED AP | Associate, Stantec Architecture
  • Michael Dohnert | Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets, Citi Field
  • Ned Dunn | Assistant Director, Redevelopment/Capital Budget, Seattle Center
  • Dan Munn | Senior Principal / Energy + Engineering Global Sector Leader, DLR Group
  • 10:45 am
    Networking Break
    11:15 am
    Closing Program
    11:25 am
    Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through SustainabilityREAD MORE

    In 2016, the Green Sports Alliance hosted a session titled “Sports, Sustainability & Social Equity – Identifying the Interconnecting Threads” where sports industry leaders came together to discuss the perceived tensions that divide different societal issues organizations address and the threads that allow sports to connect sustainability and social equity.
    A year later there is an even greater business case and social imperative for sports organizations to take action towards bridging gaps between the social disparities and environmental injustices in the communities where we live, work and play. How the sports industry takes action to address the needs of its fans and athletes may prove to be one of the greatest indicators of success for sports organizations. During this main stage plenary, sports industry leaders will come together to discuss the most effective strategies for engaging fans and deepening brand partnerships through developing programs that address their communities most pressing social and environmental issues.

  • Moderator: Mary V. Harvey | President, Ripple Effect Consulting; Athlete Ally Ambassador
  • Andres Astralaga | Vice President, Human Resources, NFL
  • Billy Bean | Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, MLB
  • John Tortora | Chief Operating Officer, Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE)
  • Stacy Wegzyn | Vice President, Human Resources, Sacramento Kings
  • 12:15 pm
    KeynoteREAD MORE

    Peter "PT" Townend | Legendary Surfer

    12:35 pm
    From Green to Blue: How Sports Are Leading the Way to Protect Our OceansREAD MORE
  • Moderator: Dune Ives, Ph.D., | Executive Director Lonely Whale Foundation; Founding Member of Green Sports Alliance
  • R. Mark Davis | President, Sailors for the Sea
  • Kevin Whilden | Co-Founder, Sustainable Surf
  • David Young | Vice President of Operations/General Manager, CenturyLink Field
  • 1:30 pm
    Closing Reception