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Green Sports at the White House

July 24, 2012

Sports and Sustainability Forum: A White House discussion with the Sports Industry

Last week, the White House held a discussion to celebrate the sports industry’s innovative success in adopting more sustainable practices. The half-day even focused on the economic and environmental benefits of greening the sports industry, featuring senior Administration officials and three discussion panels, from league, team, and supply chain perspectives.

Watch the three-part video series:

Agenda & Panelists

Intro: Jon Carson, Director, Office of Public Engagement

Welcoming Remarks: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Panel 1: Leaders of League Sustainability – A high-level conversation bringing together some of the most influential innovators in the sports greening movement.

  • Jon Powers, Federal Environmental Executive
  • Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., Director, NRDC Sports Greening Project
  • Robert Nutting, Owner and Chairman of the Board, Pittsburg Pirates
  • Mike Richter, Former NY Rangers Goalie & Partner, Environment Capital Partners
  • Mike Lynch, Managing Director, NASCAR Green Innovation

Panel 2: Hall of Fame Green Stadiums – Representatives from some of the most ecologically impressive professional teams and facilities in the U.S. sports industry will provide on-the-ground examples of their successes and challenges.

  • Dave Danielson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Martin Tull, Director, Green Sports Alliance
  • Leonard Bonacci, Vice President of Event Operations, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Joe Abernathy, Vice President of Operations, Busch Stadium
  • Scott Jenkins, Chairman of the Board of the Green Sports Alliance & VP of Operations, Safeco Field
  • Justin Zeulner, Director of Sustainability and Planning, Portland Trail Blazers/Rose Quarter
  • Jackie Ventura, Operations Coordinator, American Airlines Arena

Panel 3: Champions of Supply Chain Innovation – A supply chain-focused panel with vendor and sponsor representatives from the sports market utilizing their purchasing power to leverage innovative and sustainable technologies.

  • Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10
  • Tom Carpenter, Director Public Affairs, Waste Management Sustainability Services at Waste Management, Inc
  • Mary Anne Libbiscombe,Director of Marketing, Coca Cola Recycling
  • Drew Patey, Director, of Safety-Kleen Motorsports, Safety-Kleen

Closing Remarks: Ovie Mughelli, Pro-Bowl NFL Fullback, Founder, the Ovie Mughelli Foundation


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