Date of release: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Russell SeymourThe links between sport and environmental impact will be explored during an event at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 15 February.

Russell Seymour, Sustainability Manager for the world-famous MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), the organisation that owns and runs Lord's cricket ground, will be speaking in an event which is open to all. He will discuss how sport is addressing its environmental responsibilities, and whether it could be doing more.

"There are parallels between sport and sustainable development," Russell says. "Sport provides a common space for all to participate irrespective of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other defining feature. Each sport has clear rules or laws, together with the implied contract of 'being a good sport', whereby these rules are adhered to in the spirit of fairness and respect for others.

"In many ways this reflects the goals and aims of sustainable development – to provide a human society where all can contribute actively and positively, enhancing rather than destroying the functioning ecosystem services that support all life. Sport has a proven track record of delivering positive social outcomes. However, it seems that sport may be ten to fifteen years behind other business sectors in addressing environmental issues."

In his role, Russell develops sustainability strategies that affect the management and operation of the Lord's cricket ground, including international and domestic cricket matches.

He was presented with a London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award for his contribution towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was actively involved in British American football as a player, coach and manager for over two decades.

The talk, Can Sport Save the Environment?, is the latest in the university's popular Big Picture seminar series. It takes place in the Stephen Lawrence Building, Room 101, Greenwich Campus at 5pm. Registration is not required.  All attendees will be admitted into the seminar on a first come first served basis.  No entry will be allowed after 5.15pm.

Run by the Business School, the Big Picture events give high-profile speakers a chance to share their expert insights with staff, students and the public. Subjects include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the economy and the media.

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