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Green Sports and their Impact on Climate Change

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free for members; $15 for guests

Nelson Mandela said “Sport has the power to change the world.” The sports world has been greening itself aggressively for the past 15 years. LEED certified stadia, arenas and Zero-Waste games have become the norm. Eco-athletes are starting to speak out. But fans, for the most part, are unaware of this. Why is that the case? And going forward, will the sports world engage masses of sports fans about climate change and other environmental issues? Lew Blaustein, author of GreenSportsBlog, the source for news and commentary about the intersection of Green & Sports, will moderate a panel that will try to answer these questions.

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz co-founded and served as President of the Green Sports Alliance, and is Co-Founder of the Broadway Green Alliance and of the Environmental Paper Network. From 1988–2016, he served as Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Founding Director of Sport and Sustainability International and is the Environmental Science Advisor to the New York Yankees.

Rita Ricobelli Corradi is the former Director of Sustainability for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States LLC, which won the right the host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In 2007, she joined Columbia University’s Earth Institute, spearheading a science-based approach in the use of sports for sustainable development. Jenny Vrentas is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated (SI) and The MMQB, SI’s pro football website. She spent six years at The Star-Ledger (Newark), where she was the beat reporter for the New York Giants (2012) and the New York Jets (2010-11). The 2018 season is her 12th covering the NFL.


March 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm