The 2023 Green Sports Alliance (GSA) Summit concluded with the highly esteemed Play to Zero (PTZ) Awards, which recognized 13 outstanding sports organizations for their remarkable achievements in sustainable practices. The PTZ Awards specifically celebrated their exceptional efforts in tracking and reducing water, waste, and energy.

Moreover, the Innovation awardees were acknowledged for their dedication to driving positive change in social and environmental justice. Roger McClendon, the Executive Director of GSA, praised the commitment and initiatives of the award recipients, as well as the collective wisdom shared by esteemed speakers at the Summit. He emphasized that their achievements serve as a powerful standard not just for the global sports industry but also for society as a whole.

Spanning across the United States, notable recipients are:

  • Minnesota United FC/Allianz Field: Waste Player Award
  • Austin FC/Q2 Stadium: Waste Leader and Energy Player Awards
  • Philadelphia Eagles/Lincoln Financial Field: Energy Champion Award
  • Kansas City Chiefs/Arrowhead Stadium: Waste Player Award
  • World Surf League: Waste Leader and Energy Champion Awards
  • Ohio State University: Waste Champion Award
  • Portland Trailblazers/Moda Center: Energy Champion Award
  • Allegiant Stadium: Waste Leader Award
  • Waste Management Phoenix Open: Waste Champion, Energy Champion, and Water Leader Awards
  • Miami Heat and Broward County Schools: Innovation Award
  • University of Georgia: Innovation Award
  • Seattle Kraken and Under One Roof Foundation: Innovation Award
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Innovation Award

The Summit took place at the Climate Pledge Arena and brought together more than 60 sponsors and exhibitors. This diverse gathering underscored the significant influence and collective commitment of the sports and entertainment industry in shaping a more intentional, actionable, and impactful future. The participants demonstrated their dedication to promoting sustainable practices and addressing pressing environmental challenges.

The PTZ Awards celebrate outstanding tracking efforts and impressive reduction achievements in water, waste, and energy. Innovation awardees have taken these accolades further by driving positive change in social and environmental justice.

“The recipient’s commitment and initiatives, as well as the collective wisdom shared by esteemed speakers at the Summit, serve as a powerful standard for the global sports industry and beyond,” said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of GSA.

Play to Zero is a program that accelerates climate action through performance-driven sustainability in sports and entertainment. It aligns with the goals of the PTZ Awards and aims to promote sustainable practices within the industry.


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