What the speakers are saying

Keynote speaker (Melbourne) CEO of Carlton Football Club, Gregg Swann:

“Through the Carlton Football Club’s relationship with Visy, we have been able to implement a range of initiatives, namely the Enviromaniacs program which enables us to educate, motivate and inspire young people to lead more sustainable lives.

“Our entire playing group, coaching staff and all Carlton administration also actively participate in a range of recycling and sustainability practices that have been implemented at our training facility.

“Carlton is in a privileged position to spread environmental awareness and over the past years our team has developed a range of interactive and engaging activities that our fans can participate in at the ground, before the bounce to help spread these messages.”

Kevin Carr, (Vice President of Player and Community Programs, National Basketball Association, USA):

“In 2007, the NBA and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched the NBA Team Greening Advisor, a web-based environmental resource guide customized to help team and arena operators establish ways to implement sound environmental practices.

“With ongoing support from the NRDC, the NBA family continues to identify and employ new procedures to reduce waste and energy consumption across all of our business areas.
“NBA Green is a year-round, league wide program in partnership with the NRDC that generates awareness and funds for protecting the environment.

“ As part of this program, each year the NBA family highlights the importance of environmental protection by hosting NBA Green Week and NBA D-League Green Week, while encouraging fans to do their part by adopting green habits.”

Brad Mohr (Cleveland Indians, Major League Baseball, USA)

"Sport organizations have a duty to give back to the community that supports teams so zealously. By applying sustainability into the daily operation of a team’s facility and implementing practices that become part of the organization’s culture, advantages arise naturally such as reduced operating costs and improved employee wellness.

"The Cleveland Indians are concerned about our environment and the earth because we use so many resources on a gameday.

"If one really stops and thinks of all the resources used on a gameday – water for the grass, players, fans, cleaning, and air conditioning, electricity used around the clock for light, heating and cooling, cooking, scoreboards, the hundreds of televisions, and food for the players, staff, and fans – ballparks are consumers. Using less, reusing and recycling are strategies to not only save those resources but also costs.

"The Cleveland Indians have reduced our environmental impact by reducing our trash that is landfilled, recycling as much as possible, implementing staff behavioral changes in the way electricity, natural gas, and water are consumed, and by installing sustainable energy demonstration projects at the ballpark, specifically a solar array and wind turbine.

"We also impact the greater Cleveland area by giving talks about our successes and misses, participating in sustainability themed meetings and groups, and using our ballpark as a teaching tool."

Keynote speaker (Sydney) Richard Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer of Greater Western Sydney Football Club

“The AFL has been a leader in sport and has shown leadership around a range of issues such as racial vilification, the environment is part of this.

“We are a young club and have asked our players what legacy do they want to leave behind, what are the social issues they feel are important.

“40 of our 52 players are under the age of 20, we know that as a generation they are very environmentally conscious and we as a club want to be able to provide our players with the mechanism to live those environmentally conscious values in a practical sense.

“Our move to Sydney Olympic Park, has placed us in a precinct where the management are very environmentally conscious.

“We are building a new training and administration facility which will have waste management and recycling embedded into it.

“As an elite club it is incumbent upon us to adopt a responsible sustainable attitude.”

Brian Thurston, Business Development Manager, Sustainability Services

"As the leading provider of environmental services in North America, Waste Management has a long history both as a service provider and sponsor of all levels of amateur and professional sports.

"Our CEO is often quoted that all of us at Waste Management have a common goal – that is to pass on the planet to the next generation in better shape than we inherited it. We at WM also see this as both a social imperative and a great business opportunity, because if we don’t discuss sustainability and its impact on their business operations with our customers, we both lose a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

"Our marquee sports partnership is as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour Phoenix Open. We recognize that a strong partnership will all stakeholders is critical to success, and were proud to be awarded “Best Title Sponsor Integration” by the Tournament Advisory Council in 2011 - recognized for the integration of our brand and all of the efforts related to sustainability through education, branding and messaging along the course.

Through our strong partnership with the Thunderbirds and all other tournament stakeholders, we were able to initiate the “Zero Waste Challenge” in 2012, which was the first of its kind at a sporting event with over five hundred thousand attendees.

"As a tournament sponsor, the impact this event has on the Phoenix community – both social and economic – is something WM is very proud of."

Brian P. McCullough, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sport Management, Recreation, and Tourism Division, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA

“The Sustainable Sport Summit is the first step into a strong international professional network to promote and improve environmental sustainability within the sport industry.

“The summit allows executives from professional sport organizations to share the experiences and challenges that they faced while implementing and maintaining environmental initiatives within their organization or professional league/association.

“This collaborative network can increase the educational base and extend the environmental programs offered by all those in attendance. "

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19th March 2013