2018 Summit Program

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 often for ongoing 2018 Program announcements!

Monday, June 25 | Summary of the Day
8:00 am
Day of ServiceREAD MORE

Description: Trees Atlanta – Youth Tree Team for a service project on the Westside Beltline. Volunteers will work alongside the Youth Tree Team maintaining trees newly planted in the Arboretum. Work will be dirty, so dress in closed toe shoes and pants! Gloves and tools will be provided. Light snacks and coffee in the morning with Pizza for lunch - provided by local Westside Culinary Class, operated inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Parking will be available onsite, carpool encouraged.

Time: 8:00am - 11:30am

Address: Monday Night Garage (After Workday Meetup)

Website: Trees Atlanta – Youth Tree Team

Spots are limited so REGISTER HERE!

10:00 am
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport TourREAD MORE

The ATL Resilience and Sustainability team is excited to host a tour for the 2018 Green Sports Alliance Conference attendees. The tour will explore the operational complexity and strategies ATL is taking to become one of the greenest airports, adding to the already impressive status, busiest airport in the world.

Time: 10am - 1pm

There are only 32 spots available so register now!

SunTrust Park TourREAD MORE

Approx. 1 mile walking tour throughout SunTrust Park's facilities and sustainability operations. SunTrust Park is home to the Atlanta Braves!

Time: 10am - 12pm

There is only 50 spots total so register now!

3:00 pm
Volunteer Orientation & TrainingREAD MORE
Summit voluteers will report to the stadium for orientation and training. Please contact jessica@greensportsalliance.org with questions.
5:00 pm
Corporate Members Network ReceptionREAD MORE
By invitation only. Details to come.

Tuesday, June 26 | Summary of the Day
7:30 am
Breakfast & RegistrationREAD MORE

Continental breakfast provided in the AT&T Perch

8:00 am
Vendor Showcase Opens
8:15 am
Welcome & Setting the StageREAD MORE

INTRODUCTION:

- Justin Zeulner | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
- Emcee: Diana Dehm | President, Climate & Sports Student Summits "CS3 Game Changers for the Planet"; Proud Youth Partner of the Green Sports Alliance
- Ms. Fuyuki Enokido | Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Japan Cultural Envoy, Japanese traditional musical instrument player
- Haruki Sawada | Green Sports Alliance Japan Executive Director

ATLANTA WELCOME:

- Scott Jenkins | General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group
- Stephanie Stuckey | Former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
- Richard Altice | CEO, NatureWorks

SETTING THE STAGE: "The State of the Environment and Climate Change"

- Nora Zimmett | Senior Vice President, Programming, The Weather Channel television network
- Chris Warren | On-camera Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

9:00 am
Interview: Generations of Environmental Advocacy in AtlantaREAD MORE

Interviewer: Ovie Mughelli | Former All Pro Falcons Fullback; EcoAthlete

- John R. Seydel | Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
- Laura Turner Seydel | Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
- Rutherford Seydel | Sustainability Entrepreneur and Attorney, Limited Partner of the Atlanta Hawks, and former NHL franchise owner

9:30 am
Plenary: Athletes Through The GenerationsREAD MORE

Athletes Through The Generations

Address: Charlee Nyquist | First Team All American Pop Warner Tackle Football Player

Introduction: Catherine Kummer | Senior Director, Green Innovation, NASCAR

Moderator: Kunal Merchant | Managing Director, Lotus Advisory

Panelists:

- Sam Gordon | Utah Girls Tackle Football League; Inaugural NFL Game Changer Award Winner
- Bernard King | NBA-Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Former Founder of Bernard King and Thompson Energy Solutions, Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster and Memoir Author of Game Face
- Ovie Mughelli | Former All Pro Falcons Fullback; EcoAthlete
- Ryan Newman | NASCAR Driver, Daytona 500 Champion, and Co-Founder, Rescue Ranch

10:15 am
Networking BreakREAD MORE

Vendor Showcase & Poster Session

Coffee & light breakfast

11:15 am
Thought Leadership ForumREAD MORE

Introductions:

- Erik Distler | Director of Partnerships, Green Sports Alliance
- John Lanier | Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation
- Anne Kelly | Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres

Moderator: Colin Tetreault | Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

Panelists:

- Matt Ellis | CEO & Founder, Measurabl
- Ben Jarrett | North America Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark
- Anne Kelly | Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres
- Scott Mercer | CEO & Founder, Volta Charging
- Kat West | LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Sustainability Manager, Southeast, JLL

12:00 pm
LunchREAD MORE

Lunch will be served in the workshops.

12:15 pm
WorkshopsREAD MORE

Thought Leadership Forum

Facilitators:

- Colin Tetreault | Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
- Anne Kelly | Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres

Panelists:

- Matt Ellis | CEO & Founder, Measurabl
- Ben Jarrett | North America Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark
- Scott Mercer | CEO & Founder, Volta Charging
- Kat West | LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Sustainability Manager, Southeast, JLL

Trash to Treasure: New Approaches to Collegiate Revenue Generation

Moderator: Dave Newport | Director of Environmental Center, CU Boulder & Board Member, Green Sports Alliance

Panelists:

- Lauren Lichterman | Operations and Sustainability Coordinator, The University of Texas Athletics
- Tony Johnson | Senior Executive Director, Logistics and Support Services, University of Alabama
- Graham Oberly | Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics

Heath, Wellness & Equity: A Holistic Approach to Facilities Operations

Moderator: Steve Ashkin | President, The Ashkin Group & Board Member, Green Sports Alliance

Panelists:

- Carlie Bullock-Jones | Founder and Managing Principal, Ecoworks Studio
- Charles Crowe | Senior Account Manager, SourceAmerica
- Doug Gatlin | CEO, Green Seal

1:30 pm
Networking BreakREAD MORE
Vendor Showcase
2:30 pm
WorkshopsREAD MORE

Creating a Legacy: The Road to a Zero Waste Super Bowl and Beyond

Introduction: Kelley Martin | Director of Operations, Green Sports Alliance

Moderator: Jack Groh | Director, Environmental Program, NFL

Panelists:

- John Fitzgibbon | District Manager for U.S. Bank Stadium, Aramark
- Nathan Gassman | Sustainability Senior Analyst, PepsiCo Office of Sustainability
- Curtis Schmillen | Director of Operations, U.S. Bank Stadium

The Fan Experience: New Approaches and Benefits in Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Norman Vossschulte | Director of Fan Experience, Philadelphia Eagles

Panelists:

- Darren Draper | Principal and Director of Commissioning, Epsten Group
- Divesh Gupta | Energy Solutions Manager, Constellation
- Jay Wratten | Vice President, Sports, WSP

The Living Stadium: Designing a Regenerative Future for Sports

Moderator: Jason Twill | Co-Founder & Past Chair, Green Sports Alliance

Panelists:

- James Connelly | Vice President of Product & Strategic Growth, International Living Future Institute
- Chris DeVolder | Senior Vice President, Managing Principal, HOK
- Janice Mochizuki | PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer, Arup
- Stephanie Stuckey | Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

3:45 pm
Networking BreakREAD MORE

Vendor Showcase & Poster Session

4:30 pm
Plenary Panel & Arthur M. Blank InterviewREAD MORE

Plenary Panel: Food, Fans, and Farmers: Teaming Up for a Healthier Planet

Moderator: Larry Kopald | Co-Founder & President, The Carbon Underground

Panelists:

- Will Harris | Fourth Generation Cattleman, White Oak Pastures
- Robby Sansom | COO & CFO, Epic Provisions
- Will Witherspoon | Former NFL Linebacker, Sustainable Farmer, & Reporter for Rams Radio Network

Keynote Interview:

Arthur M. Blank | Owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, Co-founder of The Home Depot

Interviewer: Abe Madkour | Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal

6:00 pm
Awards PresentationREAD MORE

Musical performance by Ms. Fuyuki Enokido | Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Japan Cultural Envoy, Japanese traditional musical instrument player

Justin Zeulner | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance Game Changers Award Ceremony: including the presentation of the Environmental Leadership Award, the Innovators of the Year Awards, and the inaugural Community Champion Award.

6:30 pm
Green Sports Celebration & Taste of AtlantaREAD MORE

The Green Sports Celebration event will take place in conjunction with the 2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us for an evening at Mercedes-Benz Stadium 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, the Innovators of the Year Awards, and the inaugural Community Champion Award.

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Admission: included with Summit full conference registration
Hors d’oeuvres and hosted beer & wine provided

A Taste of Atlanta
Renowned regional chefs will provide A Taste of Atlanta during the Green Sports Celebration. Items served will showcase unique and innovative concepts in sustainable food and beverage.

8:00 pm
Game Changers Film ScreeningREAD MORE

The Game Changers movie follows the story of James Wilks — elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — on his quest for the truth behind the world's most dangerous myth.

Click here to watch the trailer.

*Space is limited*


Wednesday, June 27 | Summary of the Day
7:30 am
Breakfast & RegistrationREAD MORE
Continental breakfast provided in the AT&T Perch
8:00 am
Vendor Showcase Opens
8:15 am
Welcome & Plenary PanelREAD MORE

WELCOME

- EMCEE: Diana Dehm | President, Climate & Sports Student Summits "CS3 Game Changers for the Planet" & Proud Youth Partner of the Green Sports Alliance
- Jackie Ventura | Operations & Sustainability Coordinator, American Airlines Arena/Heat Group & Board Member, Green Sports Alliance
- Musical performance by Ms. Fuyuki Enokido | Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Japan Cultural Envoy, Japanese traditional musical instrument player

Plenary Panel | Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Introduction: Shane Keough | CEO, Global Ecosystem Solutions Inc. and Former Oakland A's Minor Leaguer

Moderator: Abigail Ross Hopper | CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association

Panelists:

- Mark Davis | Former NBA Player & Founder, WDC Solar
- Will Allen | Former NFL Player & Managing Partner, Nascent Group Holdings
- Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker Jr. | Former MLB Player and Manager & President and Founder, Baker Energy Team
- Wilson Mallard | Director of Renewable Development, Georgia Power

8:30 am
CS3 Game Changer Youth SummitREAD 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 >>

9:00 am
Women, Sports, & Environment SymposiumREAD MORE

Inclusive Culture: How to Create Safe & Empowered Work Places and Fan Zones

Introduction:

Moderator: Jennifer Regan | Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc. & Board Member, Green Sports Alliance

Panelists:

- Laura Clise | Founder & CEO, Intentionalist
- Angela Fannéy | P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, Kimley-Horn
- Susan Hunt Stevens | Founder & CEO, WeSpire
- Nzinga Shaw | Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena

10:00 am
WorkshopsREAD MORE

Women, Sports, & Environment

Moderator: Jennifer Regan | Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc.; Board Member, Green Sports Alliance

Panelists:

- Laura Clise | Founder & CEO, Intentionalist
- Angela Fannéy | P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, Kimley-Horn
- Susan Hunt Stevens | Founder & CEO, WeSpire
- Nzinga Shaw | Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena

Selling It: Valuation, Pitch, and Delivery of Sustainable Programs to Partners

Moderator: Aileen McManamon | Founder & Managing Partner, 5T Sports

Panelists:
- Brett Blumberg | Sales & Sustainability Manager, Kilowatt Events, Inc.
- Rico Tesio | COO, Bluestrike Environmental

Gridiron Gauntlet: How Mercedes-Benz Stadium Will Elevate the Sustainability Bar - Interactive Panel

Moderator: Frank Franciosi | Executive Director, US Composting Council

Panelists:
- Scott Jenkins | General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and AMB Sports & Entertainment Group & Chair, Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors
- Wayne King | Owner & CEO, ERTH Products
- Doug Kunnemann | Business Development Leader - Performance Packaging, NatureWorks

11:15 am
Lunch, Vendor Showcase & Poster Session
12:45 pm
Plenary PanelsREAD MORE

Plenary Panel | International Perspectives

Moderator: Alexandra Chalat | Managing Director, Beyond Sport

Panelists:

- Ann Duffy | President, The Ann Duffy Group Inc.
- Lawrie McLaren | Managing Director/Chairman Corporate Purpose, Burson Marsteller
- Haruki Sawada | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance Japan

Plenary Panel | The Art of the Possible: New Business Models to Achieve Your Community's Energy Goals

Introduction:

- John Goodwin | Vice President of Communications & Head of Marketing, The Weather Channel
- Anne Kelley | Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres

Moderator: Anne Kelly | Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres

Panelists:

- Mark Feasel | Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric
- Andrew Marino | Co-Head, CGI Fund & Dynamic Energy Networks Board of Directors
- Karen Morgan | President & CEO, Dynamic Energy Networks

2:00 pm
Networking Break
2:30 pm
WorkshopsREAD MORE

Sustainability in Existing Buildings

Moderator: Elaine Aye | Regional Manager & Associate, RWDI/Green Building Services

Panelists:

- Keoki Kakigi | Sustainability Operations Manager, Rip City Management/Portland Trail Blazers
- James Gregoire | Facilities Services Manager, San Diego Padres
- Jerry Crabb | Senior Director of Ballpark Operations, Cleveland Indians
- Tim Trefzer | Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Georgia World Congress Center Authority

The Business of Food

Moderator: Martin Tull | President, Impacts Group

Panelists:

- Natasha Capper | Chocolate Ambassador, Callebaut
- Robert Flowers | Regional Executive Chef, Levy Sports and Entertainment
- Jeffrey Haines | Corporate Executive Chef, Bonduelle Fresh Americas
- Zachary Mazzetta | Mazzetta Company

Engagement Through Operations: Staff, Fans, and Community

Moderator: Monica Rowand | Sustainability Coordinator, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Panelists:

- Jana Brooks | Manager of Events and Tenant Services, Camden Yards Sports Complex, Maryland Stadium Authority
- Moira Hafer | Sustainability Specialist, Stanford University
- Tom Jones | Director of Custodial, Recycling, Solid Waste and Special Events, Clemson University
- Greg Lettieri | CEO & Co-Founder, Recycle Track Systems, Inc.

4:00 pm
Closing Remarks
4:15 pm
Closing ReceptionREAD MORE
More info to come!
Mercedes-Benz Stadium ToursREAD MORE

Tours of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 25-30 people in each tour with up to 6 tours.