Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Brings Back Lead Ammo In Parks And Refuges

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

As the internet freaked out over Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke riding a horse to his first day on the new job Thursday, environmental activists expressed outrage over one of his first actions: overturning a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3346, which repeals a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directive the Obama administration issued the day before President Donald Trump took office barring the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle in national parks and wildlife refuges. Zinke also signed an order to expand hunting, fishing and recreation access on federal lands.

For a better understanding of the problem, see Lead Bullet Risks for Wildlife & Humans. For lead-free options, see Army’s eco-friendly quest breeds more deadly bullet.

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

Read the full story from NPR.

Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

Webinar: Leveraging Greener Cleaning at Venues to Engage Sports Fans and Promote Healthier Communities

Wed, Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
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In 2015, the Green Sports Alliance released its Greener Cleaning Playbook, a resource designed to help sports facilities reduce negative environmental and health impacts associated with cleaning sports venues. This Playbook serves as a guide for creating a successful greener cleaning program, and offers comprehensive guidance on how to select cleaning products and services that are safe for the environment as well as the people who use them.

During this webinar, attendees will get a how-to for launching their own greener cleaning program and learn strategies for improving upon their program, using the Greener Cleaning Playbook as a guide. Speakers will also discuss how the sports industry can leverage their greener cleaning program to enhance sustainability initiatives at venues that not only reduce environmental impact but engage sports fans in simple, sustainable behavior changes that promote human and environmental health.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

Proposals for the seventh annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit are being accepted. The Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit is seeking presentations that model innovative, novel approaches to ways that athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Conference organizers aim to go beyond the basics by encouraging conversations around behavior change, innovation and social sustainability. Deadline to submit is Jan. 6.

2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

February 15-17, 2017,  Gainesville, FL
More information and to register:

About the Summit
This year’s CS3, co-hosted by the EPA and the University of Florida, offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. The summit offers engaging speakers, collaborative round table discussions, and breakout sessions that allow participants to dive deeper into topics regarding sustainability.

Who Should Attend
Faculty, staff, students, or professionals researching or involved with: collegiate athletics, recreational sports, campus sustainability, recycling and waste reduction, facility management, food service, behavior change, marketing and communications, psychology, social sustainability, or fan engagement.

Call for Proposals
The 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit is seeking presentations that model innovative, novel approaches to the CS3 topic areas, and which could theoretically be replicated by other campuses in order to advance their sustainability efforts. The goal is to raise the level of conversation at CS3 to go beyond the basics, and to encourage more meaningful conversations around behavior change, innovation, social sustainability and more.

Regular Attendee Registration – $200 ($250 after January 21, 2017)
Student Registration – $50 ($75 after January 21, 2017)

Survey on Energy and Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas

The Green Sports Alliance (Alliance), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) are working together to better understand the characteristics of stadiums and arenas and their energy and water impacts. As part of that effort, the Institute has prepared a survey with extensive industry feedback and specific guidance from EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program. The findings from this survey will help identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, save money, and potentially develop an ENERGY STAR® score and certification for stadiums and arenas.

In order to answer this survey completely, you may need to have information that is not readily available. Please review the survey questions at to assure you have the necessary information before beginning. Additionally, you will need to submit energy and water data, which will be necessary to help develop an ENERGY STAR® score for stadiums and arenas. Please click on the link ( to review instructions and options for uploading your energy and water data. Upon submitting your responses, you will have the opportunity to return to the survey questions to update or clarify your answers by a link provided.

For more information and to complete the survey, click here. If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Ryan Colker at the National Institute of Building Sciences (, 202-289-7800 x133).


Old iPhones Could Go For The Gold At The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be maybe just a little more hard-earned than usual: The Japanese organizers are hoping to source the medals from e-waste, stripping gold, silver, and bronze from old gadgets and cellphones.