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29 June 2015

HOK Announces Partnership With Green Sports Alliance

The strategic collaboration between HOK and the Green Sports Alliance will help to advance sustainable design strategies in the sports industry.

HOK has entered into a partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), an international nonprofit that advises professional and collegiate leagues, teams and venue operators about environmental stewardship.

GSA + HOK logos“Since its inception in 2010, the Green Sports Alliance has focused on improving the environmental performance of sports organizations and venues,” said Scott Jenkins, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group Stadium general manager and chair of the Green Sports Alliance. “HOK’s expertise and commitment to designing sustainable venues offer tremendous value to our members and to the entire sports industry.”

Under the partnership’s terms, HOK will offer GSA members enhanced access to information about strategies for sustainable venue design, operations and technologies. HOK will also help shape future GSA membership programs and partnerships. The firm is currently collaborating with the GSA to develop a report outlining the future of sports facility design.

Chris DeVolder“The Green Sports Alliance shares our goals for bringing sustainability to the sports industry,” said Chris DeVolder, sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “This innovative partnership will also support our firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge, an initiative seeking carbon neutrality in all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.”

“Sports offer a uniquely powerful platform for talking about sustainability,” added DeVolder. “The Green Sports Alliance is helping organizations understand how upfront investments in sustainability initiatives can generate long-term savings.”

On June 30, DeVolder will moderate a plenary session at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Chicago titled “Beyond the Building: How Sports Facilities Contribute to Sustainable Communities and Urban Vitalization.”

Read a recent Q+A with Devolder on GreenSportsBlog.

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