This June, the Green Sports Alliance Summit will bring sports leaders together from 15 leagues, representing 14 countries at the LEED Platinum Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, a venue that's entirely powered by renewable energy. With a theme of PLAY GREENER™, the seventh annual Summit aims to accelerate fan engagement; educate youth on sustainability through sports; and leverage the $485 billion sports industry to tackle energy, waste, water, food, transportation, and other sustainability issues in sports.
Olympians Mary Harvey and Jill Savery, Hall of Famers Bill Walton and Peter “PT” Townend, NASCAR stars Joey McColm and Julia Landauer, and numerous other athletes who care about our world’s future will share the stage with Yankees VP Operations Doug Behar, Mercedes-Benz Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins, Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson, and other team executives who lead the way in greening sports venues.
The conference opens with basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton in conversation with Abe Madkour of Sports Business Journal.
A panel of athletes will talk about the way they take action in the community:
League executives will discuss sustainability initiatives within and beyond their own sport:
Celebrations around the event include:
Monday, June 26, offers two signature events. First is the Green Sports Alliance & Sacramento Kings Golf Invitational. Golfers will tee off with NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Marshall Faulk, along with sports legends Joey McColm, Jim Plunkett, Garry Sheffield, and Spud Webb for a best ball scramble tournament (10:30 shotgun start) at the Granite Bay Golf Club. Serious golfers will recognize and appreciate the fact that Robert Trent Jones designed this gorgeous, challenging par-71 course. It is recognized by Audubon International as well as Golf Digest for its beauty and environmental standards.
The second major event is the Youth Summit. Learning directly from the world of sports, and environmental advocate and Disney star Calum Worthy, high school and middle school students will work with two nationally-recognized initiatives: the How Low Can You Go energy challenge and the Trash on Your Back waste awareness program. Training will include ideas on how students can take action with their own schools’ athletic events, just as their counterparts do in the NCAA and the professional leagues.
Tours include the renewable energy-powered Golden 1 Center, UC Davis (ranked No. 1 in the world for its campus sustainability practices), Sacramento State Sustainable Campus Tour, Raley Field, and California Safe Soil – From Fork to Farm.
At the Conference
The multi-day event kicks off with a live interview featuring NBA and college Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who brings the same commitment and passion to protecting the environment that he brought to the sport of basketball. He will be joined by Abraham Madkour, executive editor, Sports Business Journal for a fast-paced, wide-ranging conversation that is certain to be engaging, compelling, and likely to spark some controversy.
“The earth is a beautiful place,” Walton said. “Sadly, we are destroying it in front of our eyes – and the earth is fighting back. We’re seeing devastating climate change, environmental cancers, poisoned water, and unbreathable air. We have the moral obligation, duty, and responsibility to do everything we can to remedy this tragedy.”
The Green Sports Celebration on Wednesday evening, June 28, publicly acknowledges the achievements of individuals and organizations in the green sports movement. The Alliance will present its annual awards for environmental leadership and innovation. And for the first time, the Golden 1 Center will play host to a catwalk for an eco-fashion runway competition. Seven talented student designers will showcase original designs that reflect both sustainability and sports functionality.
Environmental Considerations – not just at the game
Golden 1 Center in Sacramento is a natural choice for the Summit: not only does it use 100% renewable energy thanks to solar panels on the arena roof and electricity sourced from theRancho Seco Solar Array, it is the first indoor professional sports arena in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification, as designated by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
In the Balance: energy use and offsets
“There’s no way around it: any event, be it playoff game, major conference, or even a corporate dinner, has an environmental price to pay,” said Justin Zeulner, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. “We’re grateful for the generosity of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation one of the Alliance’s founding partners in helping us mitigate that. We are working closely together to calculate and balance our environmental footprint in three crucial areas: water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and electricity.”
Table for… 17,000? Right this way.
Golden 1 Center’s farm-to-court food philosophy includes a 10-point charter that spells out just how Michael Tuohy, general manager for food and beverage provider Legends, and his team plan to revolutionize how arenas feed a crowd – in this case, 17,600 at a time.
Tuohy and Legends source a full 90% of their ingredients – as well as their wine, and most of their beer – from within a 150-mile radius of the arena. What isn’t used is diverted away from landfill: ready-to-serve food goes to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services; kitchen waste is converted to organic material for local farms.
Registration is Open for the Summit
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