November 20, 2020
The Green Sports Alliance, an environmentally and social impact-focused trade organization, and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a global leader in transforming buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive, are partnering to support teams, leagues, conferences, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes and fans to promote healthy, sustainable communities.
The partnership will focus on providing educational resources that will promote new models within the sports industry that connect the wellness of the athlete and fan with the performance and sustainability of the venues they occupy.
This in turn is intended to promote healthier communities and places for people to live, work and play through a variety of events, assessing ways in which communities can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and address other infectious diseases.
“The Green Sports Alliance has long been a force for good across professional, collegiate and community sports, leveraging the powerful voice of sports to help drive more sustainable practice. We’re excited to work with them to shine the spotlight on the role our facilities and venues play in protecting and advancing our health,” said Rachel Gutter, IWBI President and CEO.
Both organizations embrace renewable energy, implement environmental practices and make good health and well-being accessible to everyone, everywhere.
Trusted by major professional sports teams such as the New York Yankees, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters and Charlotte Hornets. the rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types. Focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education, the rating demonstrates leadership and transparency to help instill confidence in athletes, staff and fans in a post-COVID-19 environment.
“The sports industry is in a watershed moment as we face three highly interconnected global crises—COVID-19, climate change, and racial injustice,” said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. “We are thrilled to amplify the leadership of the International WELL Building Institute and leverage their expertise in health and wellness to help our members operate safely and protect the resiliency of sport.”
Green Sport Alliance was a 2015 Beyond Sport Global Award winner in Sport for the Environment.