From the July 2016 Issue of our DestinationGreen Newsletter

leading advocate for sustainablityI’d like to give you an update on last week’s Green Sports Alliance Summit and ask your help for a speech I am preparing for the Healthy Schools Campaign’s upcoming Leadership event.

Healthy Schools Campaign will host a Leadership Institute starting July 28th in Ellicott City, Maryland (near Baltimore) to help us become more effective leaders within our schools, universities, companies and communities.  The program will feature hands-on leadership skills training, expert panel discussions that explore proven methods of leadership, and of course, the invaluable opportunity to network and collaborate with other leaders in the field.

During the event, I have the distinct honor of giving a lunchtime talk on what it takes to be a great leader. I feel that the language of sports is the best way to illustrate leadership concepts and elite performance; listed below are attributes that have helped me lead the Green Cleaning movement, and sports figures who exemplify those attributes.

1. Vision:  unique, big, bold and inspiring; able to tell the story even when no one wants to hear it (Mohammed Ali)
2. An expert game plan: know everything about your team, opponent, rules (refs), game situations, etc. (Bobby Knight)
3. Mental toughness, patience and self-control: avoid stupid penalties, fouls, turnovers, and foolish actions (Draymond Green punching LeBron James)
4. Passion for improvement: keep working on your game, even when everyone is watching (Peyton Manning)
5. Motivate individuals and the team: you can’t win by yourself (Pat Summit)
6. Determination and persistence: don’t quit; leaders can always be counted on (Frank Reich)
7. Get it done: forget excuses even when they are valid, leaders get it done (LeBron James)

Please share your thoughts for any additional attributes or athletes I should discuss by clicking here.

Changing gears, the Green Sports Alliance held its 6th Summit last week, bringing together sports leagues, teams, players and venues, and their key supply partners (including representatives of the cleaning industry) and environmental advisors.  I learned a lot, had fun, and made some great contacts.  My personal highlights include:

• Meeting the players in attendance.  Newly appointed to the Board of Directors, Andrew Ference, NHL Edmonton Oilers, will ensure that the Alliance truly becomes a voice for athletes.  I also met Kevin Johnson (NBA All-Star and current Mayor of Sacramento, CA, host city for next year’s Summit), Mary Harvey (3-time gold medal winner for the US Woman’s Soccer team), Mike Richter (NHL Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup winner with the NHL NY Rangers), Rick Berry (NBA Hall of Famer and NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors), and Catherine Kummer (NASCAR).

• Tours of professional and collegiate sport venues. Venues like Minute Maid Park (MLB Houston Astros), Toyota Center (NBA Houston Rockets), NRG Stadium (NFL Houston Texans) and Rice University provided fascinating insights on the challenges of creating wonderful fan experiences while keeping fans and athletes healthy and safe.  Plus, we got to hold our celebration at BBVA/Compass Stadium (MLS Houston Dynamo) where we watched a terrific soccer game.

• Educational sessions, including programs on fan engagement, energy and water efficiency, improving waste management and recycling, and greener transportation.  At a session on Greening the Cleaning at Sport Facilities we discussed our workshop series and received commitments to hold additional programs hosted by the MLB Washington Nationals, MLB Colorado Rockies and MLB Arizona Diamondbacks.  Several additional pro and college venues also indicated their interest in serving as hosts.  Very, very exciting as this will help us bring effective, healthy and greener cleaning to large and small venues across North America and the world.

All in all, it was a wonderful event.  Sports truly can help us make the world a better place — and it can be a fun journey along the way.  Please let me know if you want any more info about the Green Sports Alliance, the workshop series on Greener Cleaning in Sport Facilities, and other opportunities to be involved.

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