When we think about sports, there are many fun things that come to mind… Hot dogs, chili cheese fries, a cold adult beverage in hand, friends gathering to cheer, etc. One thing that probably hasn’t crossed your mind just yet is environmental policies. However, thankful to the Green Sports Alliance, this is rapidly changing.
Sports teams ranging from baseball to racing are working to reduce their impact on the environment. Many sports franchises are slowly getting greener by working to reduce water waste, increase energy efficiency and install renewable energy systems at their stadiums.
Today we are participating in the Green Sports Alliance Summit taken place in Santa Clara, CA. The event provides a place for people involved in the sports industry to gather and unite around one very important issue: Sustainability. From today until Wednesday more than 600 businesses will come together to listen to leaders in the field and engage with their peers – and we will be there!
The summit originated from the non-profit, Green Sports Alliance. This organization’s mission is to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance – and they are making it possible for many of the industry’s remarkable progress. Teams are making green investments not only because it is good for business, but also because they recognize their responsibility to be good citizens. With sports being such a powerful force in American Culture, there is a big opportunity for teams and leagues to educate fans about environmental issues such as the need to recycle and reduce energy and water use. Fans are beginning to notice the changes being made to many stadiums across the US. They are encountering more and more low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, energy efficient light bulbs and even food that are more sustainable.
Thank you Green Sports Alliance for helping to make environmental solutions an ordinary part of everyday life!
P.S: L.A.’s Staples Center in LA produces up to 20 percent of its energy needs with a 1,727-panel solar array that covers 25,000 square feet of the arena’s roof, saving the stadium $55,000 per year. (The Staples Center is one of 18 North American stadiums that now have solar panels onsite.) Read more about our partnership with the Staples Center here.