The Santa Clara Convention Center set the theme for collaborative stage in which business professional discussed ways in which to reduce global green house gas impacts as well as discuss the current release of their 2014 sustainability reports during the June 21 -23, 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit.
Principal of We Bring It On Inc. and Board Member Green Sports Alliance Jennifer Regan joined the Green Sports Alliance Summit to discuss the role of women in sports and how they can make a difference by buying renewable and recyclable products. Regan said, “There are a lot of good products in the market”. Regan explained how bringing women together in the market sets a pace with how women can directly and or indirectly influence the purchasing power of women. “A 100% recycled paper for your toilet paper and paper towels,” Regan said. “Everyone should be doing it.” Sustainable exhibits showed the latest gadgets and green products developed for the event and sports arena.
Companies such as Green Nature, Stalk Market, New Leaf Paper, ReGard, and Hive Lighting Inc., were just some of the companies showing off their products at the Green Sports Alliance venue.
Sustain® Business Development Justin Hanseth of Pacific Market International said, “We exist to displace single use disposable cups and try to inhibit waste before it happens”. Headquartered in Seattle, PMI also holds offices in Shanghai, Manila, Amsterdam, and Bentonville, Arkansas. “It’s number five polypropylene,” Hanseth said. Polypropylene 5 is used in a wide variety of applications including fabric for shopping bags, carpet flooring, and food service ware. “So it’s upcyclable,” Hanseth said. “So, what that means is you can grind up these cups and make new cups from them”.
Tuesday’s working groups began with the recognition of sponsors for the event. 360 Architects, Eco Products, The EPA, Firestone Building Products, Johnson Controls, Novato, Office Depot, and Turnkey Sports Entertainment. Working groups were focused on sustainable reporting, along with discussions of structural partnerships for onsite energy systems. Other working groups addressed the idea of addressing the stakeholder on a sustainability platform, while creating a green sports forum through fan based participation.
The Bay Area Green Sports Alliance Summit wrapped up with the release of AEG, UPS and the NHL’s 2014 Sustainability report being released. AEG Senior Director for Energy & Environment John Marler joined the discussion in a Breakout Session on June 22, 2014 discussing the role of Sustainability Reporting. “My role at AEG is I manage two programs, our corporate environmental sustainability program which is AEG 1EARTH, and then our energy management platform which is AEG Energy Services,” Marler said. “We currently have 61 sports venues”. On July 23, 2014 the sustainability report will go live.
The report is being released at http://www.aegworldwide.com/sustainabilityreport/. “Through AEG 1Earth we track our environmental performance,” Marler said.
President of Green Building Services Inc., Elaine Aye said, “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Green Sports Alliance since its inception”. Aye said, “I am an advisory member to a founding group and to see them grow, and to see just a germ of an idea, as like that mustard seed, to see it grow, and grow is pretty overwhelming”. “And that’s kind of what the Green Building Sustainability movement is all about”. With 470 certified LEED projects certified since the late 1980’s, “We approach sustainability in a very holistic manner,” Aye said.