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My Radicle Climate Smart Journey - Sportlogiq
Becoming Radicle Climate Smart Certified is a journey. It is a journey to discovering and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a journey to cost savings, and a journey that helps businesses realize that every organization can make a difference to the planet’s well-being, no matter their size or industry.
So what is the Climate Smart Journey like? We asked trailblazing businesses a few questions about the process and what it’s like to become a sustainability leader through the Climate Smart program.
Let’s dive in with Kristian van Doran, Team Lead at Sportlogiq.
Sportlogiq is a cutting-edge AI company. They provide advanced analytics to professional sports organizations and broadcast companies. Sportlogiq was founded by Craig Buntin, an Olympic Athlete, and Mehrsan Javan, a Ph.D. in computer vision and machine learning, with the support of the TandemLaunch incubator and investor Mark Cuban. As an Olympic athlete and 7-time Canadian national team member, Craig recognized the need for advanced analytics in sports, something that would have completely changed the way he trained and performed. He retired from professional sports and partnered with Mehrsan who, at the time, was specializing in statistical modelling with more than 10 years of experience in algorithm development for intelligent systems.
What made you decide on Climate Smart?
“Greta Thunberg had just done her parade here in Montreal and a lot of people from Sportlogiq had attended the event. It really opened our eyes to the impacts we could have on the environment so we started looking for solutions. When we began looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we were referred to Radicle Climate Smart by a former colleague of Craig's.”
What was your Climate Smart experience like?
“The training sessions were fun and interactive. I learned a lot from them. The Climate Smart program showed us information about carbon footprinting and sustainability that I use in my day-to-day life, not just at work. Working with our advisors, Geoff and Steven for the past two years was a great experience and they were both great to have on our side!”
What was your biggest win with Climate Smart?
“Hitting the Carbon Neutral mark!
I would say it's been quite the success story. After two inventories with Climate Smart, we were able to become Carbon Neutral. It has been great to highlight this milestone and success with our investors and employees, but it’s also been a source of pride while speaking with other Montreal startups.”
What would you say was the biggest challenge you faced?
“Covid was the biggest issue. Both the inventories we completed were during Covid, therefore trying to get access to some of the data was pretty tough. We had to get creative and do some experiments to try and get accurate data.”
What was the most surprising outcome of Climate Smart training?
“We learned so much. Being exposed to all the information during the training, was eye-opening. The Climate Smart training program provides a lot of information that most people wouldn’t have unless they really went looking for it. I was impressed at how much information the Radicle team was able to provide us with.”
What impact has your training had on your community and in your day-to-day life?
“I have had the opportunity to teach what we learned during the program to a number of people at Sportlogiq. Climate change is a broad and complex issue, so it has been good to see our team better understand the issue and how we can be a part of the solution.”
Sportlogiq's Climate Smart journey has only just begun, and we’re inspired by their determination and drive to make planet-positive changes.
If you’re ready to start your organization on its own Climate Smart journey and transform your business into a climate leader, our experts are ready to help you cut carbon, cut costs, and make a difference to the planet’s well-being.