JILL SAVERY, Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup Authority, 2013 YachtWorld Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero?

Jill Savery, Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup Event Authority, recently succeeded at making the 34th America’s Cup a sustainable event, setting the standard for all future America’s Cup events and other marine-related events worldwide. Jill is a Gold Medal Olympian (1996 Synchronized Swimming), earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, and leveraged both experiences to put her in the position she’s in today.

How has your Nominees efforts made a difference for the better?

She was responsible for making the event zero waste, carbon neutral and environmentally sustainable. For example, she and her colleagues kept event waste largely out of landfills (85% diversion rate) and plastics out of the San Francisco Bay (no single use plastics were sold or distributed by the organizers). Most of all, Savery has made environmental responsibility integral to the sport of big-time sailing, which, if one thinks about it, it should be.

How will being recognized as a YachtWorld Hero further your nominee’s cause?

Savery is on the leading edge of a vital trend: World sporting events and large corporations are gradually becoming the vanguard in sustainability programs. More and more these are genuine efforts, and because of their notoriety can have an impact that few governments or environmental groups can match.

Please share any website or online articles about your nominee’s activities.

http://www.americascup.com/en/news/3/news/18544/34th-americas-cup-earns-highest-level-clean-regattas-certification

http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1049-saving-the-oceans-are-ocean-conservation-efforts-finally-starting-to-make-headway

http://www.americascup.com/en/sustainability

http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/images/stories/web/releases/sailors1023.pdf

Jill Savery was nominated by Kurt M. Hoehne, Navigator at nwyachting.com in the category Defending our Oceans.

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