Gators – past and present – unite at Green Sports Alliance Summit

Gators at the Green Sports Alliance Summit

Gators at the Green Sports Alliance Summit. Pictured (left to right): Oppong Hemeng, athletics sustainability coordinator, University of Florida; Nicole Smith, sustainability director, Coca-Cola; Randall Penn, waste reduction agent, University of Florida/ IFAS Extension Sarasota County; Dania Gutierrez, project manager, Green Sports Alliance; Omar Mitchell, vice president, social responsibility, NHL; and Ryan Colker, director, consultative council / presidential advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences. Not picture: Dave Newport, director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado Boulder

On June 27th, environmental leaders from leading sporting programs across the country came together for the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. The event took place at the Golden One Center, the world’s first LEED Platinum sporting venue, in Sacramento California. The mission of the Green Sports Alliance is to create positive environmental and social impacts using the power of sports, their fan-base and communities.

This year’s theme was “Play Greener™: Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities” and focused on four main educational tracks: getting started, beyond the basics, mobilizing fans and game changers. Main stage events highlighted women in sports, social equality in sports and how sports can drive sustainable change.

During the networking breaks, current and former University of Florida Gators seemingly found each other in the crowd. All had attended or work for the university, and are now creating environmentally focused programs within their perspective areas.

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