Behind Beyond Sport’s play as an environmental change-agent

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Beyond Sport is an innovative, global organization, located in London and founded in 2009, based on a simple principle: Sports should play an active, positive role in sustainable social change around the world.

Beyond Sport celebrates nonprofits all over the world who through the prism of sports address a host of serious social issues, including conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, education and environment and climate change.

I recently caught up with Adam Hall, Beyond Sport’s director of the Americas. We discussed the organization’s North American expansion plans as well as building up its environmental efforts.

College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest

The Green Sports Alliance has unveiled a contest to help college sports programs kick start or upgrade a sustainability program in their stadiums — and enhance the visibility of all campus sustainability efforts.
The winning two campuses will receive ten brand new customizable recycling bins donated by Max-R or GreenDrop, a full compostable food service product upgrade donated by Eco-Products, and on-site sports facility assessments, workshops and recommendations from ESPN and University of Colorado-Boulder sports sustainability experts. Each prize package is valued at over $50,000.
The College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest is designed to help all campus sustainability efforts by improving the campus environmental footprint, enhancing fan behaviors in-game and at home, and boosting overall campus reputation.
Two campuses will win the grand prize detailed above. There is no cost or obligation to enter. Winning campuses will be chosen on the basis of need, suitability, leverage, and likelihood of success. Any size campus in any level of sports affiliation can win. Contest rules are here. Entry form is here.
There are 30 questions, most of them ask for very simple information. A few questions will require you to compile some background on your campus. Depending on your familiarity with your campus, this entry could take as little as 45 minutes or as much as several hours. Early submittal of your entry is encouraged as the Contest Organizer will, upon request, review the entry for completeness before the deadline.
The GSA’s sponsors and partners include Max-R, GreenDrop, Eco-Products, the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
REMEMBER: Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about how college sports sustainability can enhance all campus sustainability efforts: Free online webinar by leading experts coming on March 24th! Register today!
About Green Sports Alliance 
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent over 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. The Green Sports Alliance is based in Portland, Oregon. Visit to learn more, follow on Twitter at @SportsAlliance and join the global conversation at #GreenSports.

How the Cleveland Browns are Tackling Food Waste

Read the full story in Waste360.

Brad Mohr, director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns, is a leader in the waste and recycling industry for sporting events. In addition to being responsible for the stadium’s front-of-house operations, Mohr is an active participant in the northeast Ohio’s green community.

Mohr kicked off his operations career in 1995 with the Cleveland Indians and has also worked in Chicago at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. He is also a current member of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium Managers Association.

He has shared his story and successes locally, nationally and internationally and will be speaking about food waste reduction and recovery from large and small venues at Waste360’s WasteExpo this June as part of the Food Recovery Forum.

Waste360 recently spoke with Mohr about his role as director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns and the team’s latest waste and recycling efforts.

Can Sports Environmentalists Aid in the Fight Against Climate Change?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Gretchen Bleiler, a dreamy-eyed American snowboarder with an Olympic medal shining under her hoodie, stood clinking cocktail glasses with the likes of Dr. Neil Hawkins, the poker-faced vice president and chief sustainability officer of the Dow Chemical Company. Moments earlier, Lewis Pugh, a hunky Briton known for swimming among Arctic ice floes wearing nothing but Speedos, a swimming cap, and goggles, had just wrapped up a speech about his firsthand experience with melting polar ice. Pugh and Bleiler were part of the unlikely delegation that showed up at the COP21 climate talks last December, hoping to inspire sports teams, athletes, and fans around the world to seize the torch of sustainability.

Should these individuals’ efforts prove successful, the environmental movement would gain an enormous new constituency. But how, then, do we grapple with sports’ own impact on the environment?

Webinar: Creating a Winning Collegiate Sports Sustainability Program

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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Over the past decade, a growing number of collegiate athletic programs have initiated or expanded their sustainability systems. With athletics traditionally recognized as “the front porch of the campus,” campus sustainability efforts also benefit from the high profile and fan engagement that athletics initiatives bring. This webinar will highlight collegiate sports greening and its benefits to the campus, how athletics and sustainability staff and other stakeholders can work together to build a collegiate sports greening program, how to get credit for sports greening in STARS, and how to win new sponsors to help fund sustainability.

Panel Discussion Will Cover:

  • How to leverage colleges’ and universities’ biggest sustainability platform – sports
  • Engaging campus sports program: what do they want?
  • Fielding a sports sustainability team: student/staff/community power-plays
  • Kickoff: A zero waste ground game sets up the long pass
  • Paying it forward: sponsorships, bigger teams, and brighter lights

Speakers Include:

  • John Galvin | Assistant Manager of Athletic Operations & Facilities, CU-Boulder
  • Angie Gilbert | Zero Waste Events Manager, ESPN; Environmental Center, CU-Boulder
  • SarahDawn Haynes | Outreach Manager, Environmental Center, CU-Boulder
  • Allen Hershkowitz | President, Green Sports Alliance
  • Brandon Leimbach | Sr. Manager- Business Development, Learfield Sports
  • Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center, CU-Boulder

Super Bowl 50 An Environmental Sustainability Champion

Read the full post at Clean Technica.

While earlier Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLVIII  in East Rutherford New Jersey in 2014, and Super Bowl XLIX last year in Glendale, Arizona, charted progress, this year’s edition is leading the way. Since opening up in 2014, the home of the San Francisco 49ers garnered a lot of buzz for its high-tech initiatives, including stadium-wide Wi-Fi. Yet, its green initiatives really put this stadium on the map.

CU Athletics to tap into fans’ help for water conservation, restoration

Read the full story from Colorado University.

The University of Colorado Boulder will enlist the help of basketball fans in a program to restore water to the Colorado River Basin and engage community members in at-home water and energy conservation.