Pac-12 Team Green Virtual Event Series | November 1, 3 & 4, 2021

The Pac-12 Team Green Virtual Event Series continues with a focus on mental health, student-athlete engagement, and returning to re-use on Game Day and beyond with three one-hour sessions taking place over three afternoons November 1, 3 and 4 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm PST.

Monday, November 1st, 2021

George Kliavkoff | Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference

The emotional weight of the pandemic and an intensified reckoning with the structural injustices of our society have only intensified stress and anxiety, particularly in those already experiencing them. This session brings together people who have been actively working to bring attention to, and help support people through, climate anxiety and positive mental health as it relates to the existential stressors of our times. Listen, learn and engage as our experts describe the positive actions and strategies we can take, and the importance of giving space to these often overlooked aspects of tackling the climate crisis and social injustice.

Moderator: Suki H. Hoagland, PhD | Lecturer, Earth Systems Program, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
LaUra Schmidt | Founding Director, Good Grief Network
Robin Scholefield, PhD | Senior Associate Athletic Director, USC, Pac-12 Mental Health Task Force
Fred Harvey | Director, Cross Country and Track and Field, University of Arizona
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

The NCAA-mandated #AllVoteNoPlay day of civic education and engagement on November 2, 2021 offers a historic moment for coaches to help their athletes become passionate leaders, engaged citizens, and community members.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Join us and learn how Stanford created a new course on the intersection of environmental sustainability and athletics. Athletic teams and organizations provide a unique lens to analyze environmental sustainability due to their global reach, enormous fan bases and widely recognized sport icons. The athletics industry produces an enormous environmental footprint with its travel, gear, competitive fueling, events, venue construction and maintenance. Because of this position, the sports industry has the opportunity and responsibility to create meaningful change in support of a sustainable future. Stanford student athletes will share their expertise, vision and advice on how they helped students develop an understanding for the current state of athletic sustainability as well as future directions for the industry in this space.

Moderator: Suki H. Hoagland, PhD | Lecturer, Earth Systems Program, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
Emalia Eichelberger | Women's Water Polo, Stanford University
Rachel Miller | Women's Rowing, Student Athletes for Sustainability, Stanford University

A showcase of Pac-12 student athletes that have taken the lead on driving action around social justice, anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movements.

Moderator: Melissa Chun | NCAA Rowing Official
Kevin Hambly | Director and Head Coach, Women's Volleyball, Stanford University
Eden Hardy | Women's Soccer, University of Oregon
Sirena Linton | Gymnast, University of Arizona
Thursday, November 4th, 2021

How will we update our game day zero waste strategies as in-person games return? Join us for a renewed look at reuse, recycling, composting and working with partners to drive impactful changes on game day and beyond. This session will examine successful partnerships between campus sustainability, athletic departments, facilities operations and green athletics initiatives that showcase a commitment to zero waste and sustainability in the current state of affairs and what we can expect moving forward.

Moderator: David Fridland | Sustainability Maven, Eco-Products
Jose Eskenzi | Associate Athletic Director, University of Southern California
Mary Leciejewski | Zero Waste Manager, Ohio State
Teddy Lhoutellier | Sustainability Manager, University of Miami
Malory Monson | Assistant Athletic Director of Events, Facilities, and Operations, University of Utah


Melissa Chun

As a way to give back to student-athletes and coaches, Melissa joined the US Rowing Referee Corps in 2012. Highlights in her referee career includes Chief Official at the 2021 Pac-12 Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma and upcoming Chief Official at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship in Sarasota, Florida. She is a recipient of the Joan Zandbergen "Mama Z" Award in 2016 and acquired her international FISA Umpiring license in 2019. She feels honored to continue to serve athletes.

Jose Eskenzi

Prior to USC, Jose spent five years (1998-2003) at the Los Angeles Times, as a Project Manager working on the launch of and was promoted to Department Manager of Consumer Events in March 2000. His team produced events such as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books among others...Before that he spent nearly 5 years (1994-1998) with Nike, inc., first as the Nike campus representative for USC...later became a project manager for Nike Sports Entertainment where he was involved in producing global sporting events like the Tiger Woods Invitational, The Brazil World Tour and Nike Hoop Heroes. He received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from USC in 1995. He received a certificate from the Sports Management Institute in 2004.

David Fridland

As part of his role, David coordinates the Eco-Products' Product and Zero Waste Specialist team who focus on working with large food waste generators to implement a fully compostable bundle and divert food waste and compostable packaging from the landfill, as well as building relationships with the compost manufacturing industry. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder and his master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Denver, where he wrote his final thesis on electronics recycling in Colorado. Prior to his work at Eco-Products, he spent a number of years working on community campaigns and Zero Waste events at Eco-Cycle.

Fred Harvey

Mary Leciejewski

Teddy Lhoutellier

The office of sustainability's team he manages help initiate, monitor, track, promote, and advertise sustainability initiatives across divisions, schools and campuses. Green U, as the office is commonly known, is spreading sustainable development values everyday among UM community members. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He also holds a LEED Green Associate and a Project Management Professional certificate. He worked for four years as an Environmental Science and Environmental Policy Instructor at Florida International University, and was the Outreach Coordinator for a Miami based Solar Panel Distributor. He's an active member of various environmental organizations in Miami Dade.

Malory Monson

Since entering the profession she has worked with all 20 sports programs at Utah, whether running game-day operations, maintaining a program's daily facility functions or supervising special projects. As Assistant Athletics Director of Events, Facilities, and Operations, Monson also has been involved in a number of department-wide initiatives, including preparations for the opening of the Ken Garff Red Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Fall 2021, assembling the men's lacrosse application to join the ASUN Conference, and engaging with the Faculty Athletics Representative. Monson serves on the department's senior staff, currently oversees football as the program's primary event manager, and is the designated director of NCAA Championships at Utah. Most recently, she and her staff successfully executed the 2021 Women's Gymnastics Regional at the Maverik Center and has had several of her NCAA bids accepted for future hosting. Monson is an active member of CEFMA in the mentorship program, is a committee member of the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention, and represents Utah on the Pac-12 Sustainability Committee. Currently, she serves as sport supervisor for the 2021 National Championship Ski program. Monson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Utah. She completed her Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington in June 2021. Monson is previously a State of Utah certified American Sign Language interpreter. Malory and her wife, Megan, spend their free time traveling and caring for their dogs, Kit and Kuma.

Robin Scholefield

She is the Associate Director, Student Counseling Services, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, KECK School of Medicine. For the past 24 years she has overseen counseling, performance enhancement, and team services. She provides consultation to administration and coaches regarding the management of student athletes with mental health or behavioral issues as well as team performance. She has co-authored articles on the developmental life cycle of elite athletes, working with male student athletes, and approaches to sport psychology in the collegiate setting. She is the Chair of the Pac-12 Mental Health Task Force. She has a Ph.D. and Master's in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California. She won a Bronze Medal in the 4x100 Medley Relay at the 1976 Olympic Games.

Emalia Eichelberger

Away from the pool, Emalia served as Co-President for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sustainability group during the 2020-2021 academic year, where she worked alongside fellow committee members to develop a student-initiated course called Sustainability in Athletics taught in the Spring Quarter 2021. Over this past summer, following a restructuring of the SAAC program, she oversaw the transition of the SAAC Sustainability group into its own autonomous student organization Student Athletes for Sustainability (SAS), where she now serves as an alumni advisor. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Emalia enjoys hiking, swimming, and cooking in her free time. She is currently taking a graduate quarter to finish her master's capstone work remotely from Rome, Italy, where she has just started her first professional water polo season for Serie A1 team SIS Roma.

Kevin Hambly

Additionally, Hambly has mentored two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer, as well as, four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. In just his second season at Stanford, the Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific North Region Coach of the Year won his first NCAA title in 2018. The championship gave the Cardinal its eighth in school history. Stanford's near perfect 2018 campaign consisted of a 34-1 overall record and Hambly's second straight Pac-12 title. The Cardinal became the first Pac-12 school in 15 years to go undefeated in conference play (20-0). Stanford closed out the 2018 season on a 32-match winning streak - a school record.

Eden Hardy

Suki H. Hoagland

She was formerly the Director of the Master's in Development Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. While managing this nascent program, she taught core courses in food and water security, data analysis, and ethics. Suki earned her master's degree in the School's Center for Teaching International Relations and serves on its Social Science Foundation Board of Directors. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Stanford University's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources. She was a Senior Lecturer in that program and in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. From 1989 to 2000, Dr. Hoagland was Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University where she created the International Environment and Development Semester, which included three-week field practicums in East Africa and Central America. Suki earned her BA in government from Wesleyan University and her PhD in International Relations from American University. She was a national silver medalist in Pairs Figure Skating, and earned 10 varsity letters in field hockey, springboard diving and lacrosse in college. The Suki Hoagland Award is given annually to the athlete who made the most significant contribution to womens sports. She was the only girl on the boys lacrosse team in high school, pushing the district to offer more sports for girls. And at Wesleyan, which had just gone co-ed, dove on the Men's Swim Team for two years until the womens team was fully formed. She is married with two wonderful sons.

George Kliavkoff

MGM Resorts is one of the largest live events companies in the world, with offerings that include five Cirque du Soleil shows, hundreds of A-list concerts, magic and comedy shows every year, and traditional sporting events including boxing, UFC, college basketball multiple team events and conference championships, rodeo and the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces. Kliavkoff also provided strategic leadership and execution for BetMGM, a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings PLC focused on sports betting and online gaming in the U.S. Kliavkoff served on the Board of BetMGM and oversaw the trading function at MGM Resorts' 13 domestic race and sports books. Kliavkoff joined MGM Resorts with more than 20 years of experience in executive roles within media and sports. He previously served as the CEO of Jaunt XR, an augmented and virtual reality start-up, and in executive roles with top media companies, including serving as co-president at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, president of Hearst Ventures, chief digital officer at NBCUniversal Media and executive vice president of business for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Kliavkoff holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Sirena Linton

Rachel Miller

She is excited by the opportunity athletes and athletic organizations have to model sustainable systems and behaviors. Rachel is in her junior year at Stanford majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Human and Planetary Health and is planning to pursue a masters in Sustainability Science and Practice. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and enjoys hiking, camping and swimming.

Teddy Lhoutellier

LaUra is a truth-seeker, community-builder, and grief-worker. She is also the granddaughter of a holocaust survivor. LaUra and her wife have a written a book on their unique 10-Step program they run through Good Grief Network, which is expected out in Fall 2022 from Shambhala Publications.

View details from our October 29th webinar here.