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Climate Champions

42 EpisodesProduced by Sport Ecology GroupWebsite

Climate Champions leverages the public's adoration of sport to delve into conversations about climate change, zero waste, carbon neutrality, energy conservation, climate adaptation, disaster recovery, ocean plastics, and more. The first season was an 11-episode series launched in June 2019. It's fol… read more

42 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Bonus episode - Dr. Tom Carter

December 14th, 2020

31:41

Dr. Thomas Carter is a Reader in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton and the Executive Director of Football for …

Bonus episode - Stephania Ergemlidze

December 14th, 2020

20:39

Stephania Ergemlidze started a one-woman movement in the summer of 2020 when she took her basketball hoop to protest sites around the U.S. to facilitate positive interactions between groups. She joins the podcast to …

SSN 3, EP 16. COFFEY on using running and sport as a venue for protest

October 6th, 2020

35:17

In this last 4-episode segment of The Listening Sessions, we get into the solutions. How to fix environmental and social issues in sport? The fourth …

SSN 3 - EP 15. Charles T. Brown on designing safe and inclusive public spaces for sport

October 6th, 2020

32:13

In this last 4-episode segment of The Listening Sessions, we get into the solutions. How to fix environmental and social issues in sport? The third …

SSN 3, EP 14. The Sport Sustainability Research Collective on partnerships and collaboration

October 6th, 2020

41:01

In this last 4-episode segment of The Listening Sessions, we get into the solutions. How to fix environmental and social issues in sport? The second …

SSN 3, EP 13. Dr. Ann Pegoraro and Dr. Lindsey Darvin on putting women and POC into positions of power

October 6th, 2020

37:36

In this last 4-episode segment of The Listening Sessions, we get into the solutions. How to fix environmental and social issues in sport? The first …

SSN 3 - EP 12. Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams on physical activity among Anishnaabe women

October 6th, 2020

28:02

In episodes 9-12 of The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr addresses the inequities and unique experiences of Indigenous athletes and people working in the Indigenous sport system. Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams joins the show …

SSN 3 - EP 11. Dr. Janice Forsyth on sport in residential schools and Indigenous Sport systems

October 6th, 2020

48:24

In episodes 9-12 of The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr addresses the inequities and unique experiences of Indigenous athletes and people working in the Indigenous sport system. Dr. Forsyth discusses the use of sport …

SSN 3 - EP 10. Kathryn Teneese on the resistance to Jumbo Glacier Resort

October 6th, 2020

39:38

In episodes 9-12 of The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr addresses the inequities and unique experiences of Indigenous athletes and people working in the Indigenous sport system. Kathryn Teneese, chairwoman of the …

SSN 3 - EP 9. Dr. Natalie Welch on mascots and colonialism in college and professional sport

October 6th, 2020

50:40

In episodes 9-12 of The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr addresses the inequities and unique experiences of Indigenous athletes and people working in the Indigenous sport system. This episode, with Dr. Natalie Welch, …

SSN 3 - EP 8. Dr. Becky Beal on skateboarding

October 6th, 2020

31:08

In episodes 5-8, Dr. Maddy Orr digs into the environmental and social issues affecting individual sports. In this episode, Dr. Becky Beal shares her …

SSN 3 - EP. 7. Henri Rivers on skiing

October 6th, 2020

28:21

In episodes 5-8, Dr. Maddy Orr digs into the environmental and social issues affecting individual sports. In this episode, Henri Rivers, the President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, addresses the lack of …

SSN 3 - EP 6. Dr. Asherah Allen on swimming

October 6th, 2020

32:01

In episodes 5-8, Dr. Maddy Orr digs into the environmental and social issues affecting individual sports. In this episode, Dr. Asherah Allen shares her personal experiences and research findings on Black swimmers' …

SSN 3 - EP 5. Rhonda Harper on surfing

October 6th, 2020

48:19

In episodes 5-8, Dr. Maddy Orr digs into the environmental and social issues affecting individual sports, zeroing in on surfing in this episode with Rhonda Harper, founder of Black Girls Surf. 

SSN 3 - EP 4. Alexandra Rickham on what’s missing in the sport sustainability movement

October 6th, 2020

31:22

In this episode of The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr interviews Alexandra Rickham about what's missing in the sport sustainability movement: diverse voices, comprehensive strategy, and long-term positive thinking.

SSN 3 - EP 3. Garry Gilliam on lack of resources and opportunity in Black communities

October 6th, 2020

41:08

In this third episode of Season 3, The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr interviews Garry Gilliam, former NFL player and CEO of The Bridge, about the challenges facing low-income Black communities and how The Bridge is …

SSN 3 - EP 2. Dr. Nick Watanabe on air quality, pollution, and sport

October 6th, 2020

49:02

In this second episode of Season 3, The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr interviews Dr. Nick Watanabe of the University of South Carolina on air …

SSN 3 - EP 1. Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali on Environmental Justice

October 6th, 2020

35:07

In this first episode of Season 3, The Listening Sessions, Dr. Maddy Orr interviews Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali on what environmental justice is, how it …

Ssn 2, Ep 11 - Hattie Park

August 24th, 2020

29:15

In the last episode of Season 2, Hattie Park, Sustainability Manager at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club joins Maddy to discuss sustainable strategy, the importance of biodiversity and natural features to the overall …

Ssn 2, Ep 10 - Jessica Murfree & Laura Stargel

August 17th, 2020

26:36

In this second-last episode of Season 2, Maddy is joined by Jessica Murfree and Laura Stargel, two members of the 2019-2020 cohort for the Grad …

Ssn 2, Ep 9 - Dr. Walker Ross and Jamee Pelcher

August 14th, 2020

33:19

Dr. Walker Ross, an assistant professor of sport management at Florida Southern College, and Jamee Pelcher, a doctoral student at University of …

Ssn 2, Ep 8 - Joie Leigh

August 10th, 2020

28:51

Joie 'Jo' Leigh was a member of the Great Britain field hockey team that won the Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016. Following her retirement from the …

Ssn 2, Ep 7 - Introducing EcoAthletes

August 3rd, 2020

33:13

EcoAthletes is a new international non-profit that offers athletes the resources and coaching they need to feel confident speaking out about climate change. In this episode, Maddy is joined by EcoAthletes founder Lew …

Ssn 2, Ep 6 - Adam Kreek

July 29th, 2020

33:17

Adam Kreek is an Olympic Gold Medallist, best-selling author, and leadership consultant who also runs a start-up focused on making carbon offsets …

Ssn 2, Ep 5 - Chris Dickerson

July 27th, 2020

32:33

Chris Dickerson, former MLB player and founder of Players for the Planet, joins the podcast to discuss growing up in LA, his time in the minor league when he activated his first sustainability initiative, taking public …

Ssn 2, Ep 4 - Dr. Sheila Nguyen

July 22nd, 2020

27:24

Dr. Sheila Nguyen is the Executive Director of Sports Environment Alliance and joins the show to discuss her career trajectory, the work happening in Australia and New Zealand to make sport organizations more resilient …

Ssn 2, Ep 3 - Katie Rood

July 20th, 2020

26:44

Katie Rood, a professional footballer from New Zealand, currently in the UK playing for Lewes Ferns, joined Maddy on this episode to discuss her childhood and early exposure to sport, her experience playing in Italy, …

Ssn 2 Ep 2, Dr. Cyrus Wadia

July 15th, 2020

20:43

Dr. Cyrus Wadia is the Head of Sustainable Product at Amazon. Previously, he worked in sustainability leadership roles at Nike and the White House …

Ssn2 Ep 1 - Dr. Brian McCullough

July 13th, 2020

24:30

Brian McCullough is the Co-Director of The Sport Ecology Group and an Associate Professor of Sport Management at Texas A&M University. He joins …

Season 2 INTRO

July 9th, 2020

16:45

It's been a year since Season 1 was released and in that time, a LOT has changed. 

Season 2 will be launched with episodes released weekly through the summer of 2020. At the end of Season 2, Season 3 titled the …

Season 1 INTRO

June 9th, 2019

2:04

This 2 minute episode offers an overview of the Climate Champions Podcast.

Ssn 1 Ep 11 - Aubrey McCormick (Retired LPGA golfer)

June 4th, 2019

25:50

Aubrey McCormick, retired LPGA golfer and sustainability consultant to the golf industry, joins Maddy Orr to discuss strategies for addressing …

Ssn 1 Ep 10 - Linda Gancitano (How Low Can You Go Challenge)

June 4th, 2019

22:18

Linda Gancitano, member of the original USWNT for soccer and Founder of the How Low Can You Go Challenge, joins Maddy Orr to discuss energy use reductions, galvanizing the energy of youth, 

Ssn 1 Ep 09 - Dee Caffari (6x Circumnavigator)

June 4th, 2019

20:16

Dee Caffari, 6x Circumnavigator and Chair of the World Sailing Trust, joins Maddy Orr to discuss the role of sport participants and athletes as …

Ssn 1 Ep 08 - Joey McColm (NASCAR Driver)

June 4th, 2019

24:42

Joey McColm, Professional NASCAR driver and ambassador for Earth Day Canada, joins Maddy Orr to chat about sustainability in the automotive industry, …

Ssn 1 Ep 07 - Ovie Mughelli (Former NFL Fullback)

June 4th, 2019

20:42

Ovie Mughelli, former NFL Fullback and Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, joins Maddy Orr to discuss the importance of including marginalized …

Ssn 1 Ep 06 - Caroline Gleich (Pro Skier & Mountaineer)

June 4th, 2019

20:58

Caroline Gleich, professional skier and mountaineer and Founder of the Big Mountain Dreams Foundation, joins Maddy Orr to discuss her experiences …

Ssn 1 Ep 05 - Monica Rowand (UL - Lafayette)

June 4th, 2019

18:19

Monica Rowand, Sustainability Manager at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, joins Maddy Orr to discuss zero waste, green transportation, and the importance of aligning values to get people on board with …

Ssn 1 Ep 04 - Dave Newport (CU Boulder)

June 4th, 2019

23:50

Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Centre at CU Boulder and Chief Sustainability Officer at Phase 3 Sport, joins Maddy Orr to discuss …

Ssn 1 Ep 03 - Lew Blaustein (GreenSportsBlog.com)

June 4th, 2019

18:36

Lew Blaustein, Founder and Chief Blogger at the Green Sports Blog, joins Maddy Orr to discuss jobs in the green sport movement, the historical significance of climate change action, and strategies for getting people to …

Ssn 1 Ep 02 - Dr. Daniel Scott (UWaterloo)

June 4th, 2019

27:26

Dr. Daniel Scott, Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo, joins Maddy Orr to discuss the difference between weather and climate, how climate change is …

Ssn 1 Ep 01 - The Green Sports Alliance

June 4th, 2019

25:36

Erik Distler and Garrett Wong of the Green Sports Alliance join Maddy Orr to discuss the first ten years of the GSA, the awesome initiatives of their …

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