Connor Sports to Join Industry Partners in 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Sustainability Roundtable at the Green Sports Alliance Summit

Connor Sports will host a blue-ribbon group of long-time industry partners for a roundtable discussion: “NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship: Collaboration of Event Sustainability and Partnerships” on Wednesday, July 23 at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit.

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Connor Sports will host a blue-ribbon group of long-time industry partners for a roundtable discussion: “NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship: Collaboration of Event Sustainability and Partnerships” on Wednesday, July 23 at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit.

The event will be held in the UPS Logistics Lounge in Santa Clara, CA at the Santa Clara Convention Center from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. local time. Joining Connor Sports’ Director of Sustainability Jason Gasperich for the roundtable will be representatives from UPS, the Forest Stewardship Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. Confer Connor ence attendees will learn how a concerted, collaborative strategy led to the most environmentally-conscious NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the event’s storied history.

“Connor Sports had the unique opportunity to be a part of a tremendously effective partnership with the NCAA and UPS and others to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship culminating with the Final Four in Atlanta,” said Jason Gasperich, Connor Sports’ Director of Sustainability. “From a creative partnership with our delivery and logistics partner UPS to employing our industry-leading sustainability program at our mill in Amasa MI, we were pleased to play a role in supporting the NCAA and their sustainability directive for the 2013 Men’s Basketball Championship.”

Connor Sports as the Official Floor for the NCAA, has provided and installed all of the competitive playing surfaces for the Men’s Basketball Tournament since 2006.

Connor Sports Environmental Responsibility

  •     In 2009 an independent environmental engineering firm audited and designated Connor Sports a “Zero Waste Company.”
  •     As a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association, Connor adheres to the strict grading and quality standards of that organization.
  •     Maple hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year.
  •     Connor recycles 99% of its waste material and offers wood that is Forest Stewardship Council-certified. The FSC mark represents products from well-managed forests.
  •     Connor was the first MFMA member to be certified by the Rainforest Alliance, and is the only independently certified Zero Waste sports flooring manufacturer.

About Connor Sport Court International / http://www.connorsports.com
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court International surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Founded in 1872, Connor Sport Court International has established themselves as the standard for professional and collegiate sports. Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court International is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and fully ISO 9001:2008 certified.

About UPS / http://www.ups.com    
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at http://www.ups.com ® and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

About the Forest Stewardship Council / http://www.fsc.org
The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to provide environmentally sound socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. Our vision is that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.

About the U.S. Green Building Council / http://www.usgbc.org
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.


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