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Our Green Mission

 

Inspired by previous Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s commitment to the development of environmentally friendly initiatives, such as the Chicago Climate Action Plan, and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s continued support of these efforts, the GREY GOOSE® Beach Polo World Cup is proud to bring to Chicago a more sustainable event.

 

The GREY GOOSE® Chicago Beach Polo World Cup presents a great opportunity to make a significant difference by designing a “Do More” sustainable model for a temporary event that reduces costs, enhances lifestyle, raises awareness across socioeconomic factors, and leaves a legacy for future events. Please continue to follow us here as we develop the plan to be more socially, environmentally, and economically more responsible.

 

The GREY GOOSE® Chicago Beach Polo World Cup will work towards improving its environmental effect on such areas as:

 

  • Waste reduction, recycling, and electronic alternatives
  • Energy reduction
  • Green House Gas reduction
  • Water usage
  • Transportation, and
  • Environmentally friendly purchasing

 

In addition to following the Chicago Park District’s Green Event Guidelines, we will be implementing standards from the following organizations:

 

  • The Accepted Practices Exchange from the Convention Industry Council; and
  • The Green Meetings Standards in conjunction with the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)

 

We have assembled a Green Team to implement these protocols and manage the process working with select partners to ensure accuracy and integrity throughout the event.

 

 

Our Green Team

 

Sue Tinnish

Ms. Tinnish has spent 13 years in the meeting, travel, and hospitality industry. As a consultant, she works for Convention Industry Council on their efforts to create green meeting standards.  She is the chair of the ASTM Sustainability Committee (E60.02) for the Hospitality Industry, a group developing standards for the greening of meetings and events.  Ms. Tinnish also heads the US Delegation for the development of ISO 20121, an event management sustainability standard under development.  She is also a faculty member at Kendall College in Chicago.  Ms. Tinnish teaches Sustainable Tourism where she focuses on the operations, marketing and development of economic, sociocultural and environmentally sensitive destinations. She is a former President of the Meeting Professional International’s Chicago Chapter (2004-2005).  She is well recognized within the meeting and hospitality industry and is a frequent speaker.

Ms. Tinnish holds a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University.  She has a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. 

 

 

Lora Gartner

Ms. Gartner has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental areas of water and wastewater working with many clients including the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Since 2006 she has been charged with leading a global water company’s Corporate Responsibility Program with a focus on the development and implementation of sustainable strategies such as climate change adaptation, supply chain management, and community involvement by working directly with relevant parts of the worldwide organization to gain buy in. She has been successful in leading programs to reduce carbon footprint by facilitating the development of Site Energy Management Plans for major plants across the US. Ms. Gartner has been certified in the Lead Auditor Course for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and has implemented 14001 programs for clients such as General Motors.

Ms. Gartner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University and is completing a graduate certificate program in Leadership in Sustainability Management at the University of Chicago.

 

Fred Paul

As a former architect and consultant Mr. Paul is leveraging his business experience and sustainability knowledge to work side by side with organizations to provide straightforward and objective advice in assessing the business risks of sustainability while at the same time identifying opportunities for innovation.  Prior to this, Mr. Paul spent many years in the computer industry as a Channel Sales professional at Sybase and IBM engaging with global system integrators in solving customers’ Information Management problems.  Mr. Paul also has experience as a consultant developing business systems for a wide variety of companies.

Mr. Paul is a LEED-AP, active with the Illinois USGBC Chapter as well as serving on the Village of Northbrook’s Environmental Quality Commission.

Mr. Paul holds a Masters in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and Bachelors in Architecture from Iowa State University. He is currently completing the Leadership in Sustainability Program at the University of Chicago.

 

Lou Vasta

Mr. Vasta, a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) and Certified in Meeting Management (CMM) by Meeting Professionals International, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of special events.  He is President and Founder of Vasta & Associates, Inc., a special events company that specializes in organizing meetings and events world-wide since 1994 (vasta.com).

A former project engineer with "Fortune 500" construction and mining company, Kiewit & Sons (Omaha, NE), and a former member of the "Advance" teams of President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore, Mr. Vasta has over 20 years of professional experience.  Mr. Vasta has consulted, or been on staff, on three Presidential Inauguration Committees, has worked on 7 Olympic Games, as well as held the following positions: Deputy CEO and Director of Operations for the 2000 Democratic National Convention; Director of Operations for the 1997 “G8” Summit of World Leaders; and Manager of Transportation for the 1994 World Cup. Mr. Vasta has also spent the last three years consulting on the bid for the Chicago 2016 Olympics, and the USA Bid for the 2018 & 2022 World Cups.

Mr. Vasta was born and raised in Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, a Professional Career Certificate in Meeting & Event Planning from The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas, NV, the Nonprofit CEO’s Certification from North Park University, and currently completing the Career Certificate in Leadership in Sustainability Management from the University of Chicago.