Composting is a Team Sport – Greening Stadiums and Arenas

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Presenters: Darby Hoover, NRDC; Scott Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons; Susan Thoman, Cedar Grove

Date: September 17, 2014
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Price: $55 for members/$95 for non-members

Description:
Organics diversion is taking the U.S. sports world by storm, and one of the reasons is green initiatives focused on the sports industry undertaken by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Darby Hoover of the NRDC will provide an overview in this session of their recent publication, “NRDC’s Guide to Composting at Stadiums and Arenas.” Joining her on this panel is Scott Jenkins, General Manager of the New Atlanta Stadium (Falcons) and Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance, and Susan Thoman, Vice President of Corporate Development at USCC Member Cedar Grove Composting.

This report is one of the NRDC’s latest resources designed to help advance environmental progress in professional sports and collegiate sports. This will be a three-part presentation, with each panelist presenting: Darby will discuss the research and recommendations that went into the report; Scott and Susan will discuss implementing organics recycling in sports venues, with specific reference to the successful Seattle Mariners organics recycling partnership with Cedar Grove.

Presenter Bios:
Darby Hoover Darby Hoover, Senior Resource Specialist, Urban Program
Darby Hoover is a senior resource specialist with NRDC’s urban program. She specializes in issues related to the paper industry, solid waste management, and recycling, and works with sports and entertainment organizations to develop comprehensive institutional greening initiatives. Prior to joining NRDC in 2004, for seven years Darby was the executive director of the Recycled Paper Coalition, a group of more than 270 private and public sector organizations dedicated to the purchase and promotion of recycled paper products. Darby received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and her master’s in energy and resources from U.C. Berkeley.


Scott Jenkins Scott Jenkins, Stadium General Manager/ABM Sports & Entertainment Group
Scott Jenkins joined ABM Sports & Entertainment Group in February 2014 to provide insight into the planning and construction of the new Atlanta Stadium leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. Jenkins comes to the Atlanta Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field.  Prior to joining the Mariners, Jenkins spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles where he opened and managed Lincoln Financial Field. Scott has served as V.P. of Stadium Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and Director of Facilities and Events for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin.  A native of Kenosha, WI, Jenkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a degree in Construction Administration and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington Executive MBA program. While at Wisconsin, Scott was a five-time All-American in cross country and track and was a member of the 1982 and 1985 NCAA National Champion Cross Country teams.


Susan Thoman Susan Thoman, Vice President of Corporate Development – Cedar Grove Composting
Susan Thoman is the Vice President of Corporate Development for Cedar Grove Composting, one of the largest commercial composting processors and collection companies in the country.  Susan began her environmental career in 1986, which ultimately lead to extensive work in industrial by-product management, alternative fuels for the pulp, paper and cement industries,  and eventually commercial composting at Cedar Grove. Since 2004,  Susan’s work with Cedar Grove helped establish the company’s reputation as national leader and pioneer in waste diversion partnerships that align collection, processing and compostable packaging into the most viable systems. Susan believes that “Sustainability is a Team Sport”, and she has served as a proud supporter and promoter of the  GSA since its inception.

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