General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance
Scott Jenkins was appointed to the newly-created position of general manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 24, 2014. He provides insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium.
Jenkins comes to the Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations. He was responsible for all ballpark operations, capital budget planning and construction projects for Safeco Field.
Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles. While with the Eagles, Jenkins opened and managed stadium operations for Lincoln Financial Field and the Novacare Complex that houses all team offices and training facilities. He also previously served as vice president of stadium operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and GM of the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin.
Jenkins is a pioneer in the green building movement in sports and was an inaugural member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization co-founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council dedicated to improving green building practices in sport. He now serves as the president and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance and was honored with the 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Award and the 2012 NW Energy Coalition Conservation Eagle Award.
A native of Kenosha, WI, Jenkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in construction administration. He graduated from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA program in 2009. While an undergraduate at Wisconsin, Scott was a five-time All-American in cross country and track and was a member of the Badgers’ 1982 and 1985 NCAA National Champion Cross Country teams.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Resilience & Sustainability Manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Liza Milagro is the Resilience & Sustainability Manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where she has led the airport’s recycling and zero waste plan since 2013, establishing H-J as one of the “world’s greenest airports.” She holds a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Sustainable Program Management from Boston University.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Captain Planet Foundation
Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Seydel, who will give the closing keynote, inherited her passion for taking care of the planet from her father, Ted Turner, who created the 1990s animated series Captain Planet. She is now Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world to make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.
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