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The Greening of Volleyball
Jeanne Hesson 17 January 2011
Transcript of The Greening of Volleyball
Colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. We hope you will join in supporting the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/ At Kalamazoo College our motto is "be light". In order to be responsible global citizens who are truly " at home in the world," we must work hard to keep our home clean and safe for future generations. Environmental responsibility is therefore at the core of our mission as human beings and as an institution. Where is your campus with sustainability issues? Some two years after President Wilson-Oyelaran signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the Board of Trustees has set the midpoint of the 21st century as the target date for the College to eliminate its net emissions of greenhouse gasses. Enter Jillian McLaughlin, Kalamazoo College sustainability intern
and MIAA Cross Country Champion Who demanded that we look at
our athletic department practices: Transportation issues
Amtrak? The Green Hornet Invitational Our concessions will benefit a local charity
No paper programs will be available; rosters and brackets will be on posters in the lobby
Kalamazoo College sustainability interns will be present to answer questions and educate
Incentives available for local restaurants within walking distance
Saturday morning tournament breakfast at the College
Will not sell plastic water bottles nor allow them in the gym. Tap water initiative.
Kalamazoo College art major to design and create the championship trophy and all-tournament trophies from recycled materials. OUTCOMES
Increased Awareness of sustainability issues
Less waste at the event
Increased teamwork among our players
Increased teamwork on Humanity's Team
BEST OUTCOME OF ALL: "I play volleyball for the Yellow Jackets and I was in attendance for the Kalmazoo Tournment back in the beginning of September. We went to breakfast with your volleyball team and learned about how you are becoming a "green" campus. Well, long story short, I am doing a project for one of my classes and our focus is on recycling. Our campus has bins for recycling but students don't necessarily use them; therefore, we are trying to develop other ways to push our campus to become more environmentally friendly." Questions
DISCUSSION.... Change is hard
we are educators as well as coaches
Athletes have to be comfortable being uncomfortable
Athletes can be leaders of social and cultural change Triple Bottom Line:
Economics, Environment, Ethics Facility issues
electricity and gas use Consumption issues
At the University of Michigan's Men's basketball game vs. Harvard, a "zero waste effort' was held.
‐ Students are major players – and drivers – of the university’s sustainability efforts.
At Crisler Arena’s zero waste effort there will be approximately 70 dedicated student volunteers from various student organizations across campus. Why Green Volleyball?
Kalamazoo College Why not? We have them for four years: