What are some of your proudest moments as owner/employee of (your company)?
I’m really proud of the maturation of playNOLA over the past 6 years. In 2009 we began as a small company with only a few sports and now we have over 5,500 registrations per year and maintain a staff of more than 30 employees.
How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impacts?
We try to do that in a few ways. We provide opportunities for our players to recycle as many things as they can at the field… this means we save a ton of water bottles. In addition, we realized that returning players accumulate so many team shirts while participating in our leagues. In 2016 we are hosting a t-shirt buy back party; our players can bring in their old playNOLA shirts and we’ll buy them back. We want to take all take all of those shirts, along with our unused inventory, and donate them to be made into blankets or other recycled items that can be used by homeless shelters or programs focusing on helping the less fortunate.
What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?
We rarely throw anything away. We are always looking at ways to recycle or donate any equipment we may no longer have a use for. Sometimes we buy things we don’t need for our leagues or sports we no longer offer. We understand that throwing away items only creates an issue and many times those items can be reused and repurposed whether it is by playNOLA or by a local school or youth program.
If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other New Orleans businesses to go green, what would that thing be?
Reducing the number of vehicles. I would love to see the city improve the public transportation for all citizens. It reduces the number of vehicles on the road, improves the environment, and of course helps with traffic. Companies can create incentives for carpoolers, shuttles and bike riders which would help go green.
What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their city and state?
Continued education is a major way to help people “go green.” By informing residents and companies of green alternatives, it helps change people’s everyday practices. I think small changes make big improvements in your office and you will begin to see more opportunities to make a sustainable impact.
Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green Businesses such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?
PlayNOLA’s winter leagues will begin in January and this is the perfect time to register a team or join as an individual and we’ll find a team for you. One of our favorite winter sports is bowling at Fulton Alley. This is a great league for those interested in escaping the cold and looking to have fun with their friends and coworkers.