Why Green Your Sport?

Across the country, teams, fans, event planners and college campuses are saving energy, cutting waste and cleaning up at sporting events to show their commitment to the environment -- a goal that has many benefits.  Read about them here:

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The most basic reason to green sports is to help achieve sustainability. Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability contributes to environmental benefits such as:

  • Conserving natural resources helps to preserve biodiversity
  • Protecting and improving air and water quality
  • Reducing waste streams

The Natural Resources Defense Council notes there are many environmental benefits to greening sportsExit

Climate change

Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation.

Recognize the impact of climate change

How our actions contribute to climate change

This Sports Illustrated cover story "Going, Going Green" — notes that as global warming changes the planet, it is changing the sports world.

Benefits for businesses

Businesses can benefit directly by embracing greener practices and reducing waste:

  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Decrease waste and disposal costs
  • Create and expand markets for green products and services
  • Improve employee safety using greener products

For more information on the benefits to businesses please read Why Should You Care About Preventing Waste? Small Business Guide.

Energy security

  • Purchasing green power can help reduce America’s dependence on foreign fuel sources because green power is a domestic energy source, whereas conventional power is in part produced from imported fossil fuels, such as petroleum or natural gas.
  • Renewable fuels are inexhaustible and can be used so that fossil fuels are kept in reserves for times of need.

For more information on solar power as a source of renewable energy please read the Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena: A guide to help professional and collegiate sports teams and venues develop successful on-site solar power generation Exit.  

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