Monthly Archives: April 2015

Green Sports Alliance Members Celebrate World Water Day, Earth Hour & Earth Day

Green Sports Alliance members are making a significant effort this year to engage internal staff, athletes and fans in this year’s Earth Day celebrations. On April 22, 2015 teams across a variety of sports leagues will host green games, community recycling events, in-arena activities for fans, tree plantings and many other activities to honor Earth Day.

The Houston Dynamo are set to amplify their daily commitment to the environment with the Dynamo Recycles Day at BBVA Compass Stadium for Earth Day.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco GiantsSt.Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners are leading the way alongside MLB by hosting Green Games and fan engagement activities on Earth Day.

The NHL continued their water restoration efforts this year with the Gallons for Goals program, as well as several clubs’ participation in Change the Course to encourage fans to pledge to reduce their water consumption. These efforts, combined with the individual NHL Club’s Earth Day activities such as the MN Wild and Xcel Energy Center’s Adopt-a-River engagement and the San Jose Sharks’ SAP Center water efficient toilet retrofit reveal are gaining recognition across the nation. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy penned a post featured on NHL Green Slapshots Blog highlighting the importance of water conversation and the leadership of NHL in green sports.

Not only are teams participating in events on Earth Day, they have been leading efforts around environmental stewardship for the past few months, participating in World Water Day on March 22nd, Earth Hour on March 28th, and several other green events that teams have established.

47 AEG Facilities-Affiliated Venues went dark on March 28th, joining the global awareness-raising Earth Hour campaign in support of the environment.

The NBA hosted their annual Green Week starting on March 24, where the vast majority of teams made specific efforts to educate fans about the sustainable operations at their arenas. Some teams even hosted multiple events and engaged sponsors in environmentally-focused fan activations.

The Miami HEAT, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks worked alongside their communities and schools, generating environmental awareness by constructing or restoring natural habitats to enhance the local environment and native wildlife.

Other teams, such as the Detroit Lions, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs, educated fans about the importance of recycling. Many teams involved the local business communities as well. The Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies have hosted various forums, panels or events focused on connecting sustainably-minded businesses, community organizations and fans.

Extending environmental engagements beyond Earth Month, MLB is planning a number of green sports initiatives around 2015 MLB All-Star Game activities in Cincinnati this summer.

The number of events and the leagues, teams and venues participating in Earth Month-related activities is so great, it has become too expansive to properly summarize and honor in a brief blog posting. In addition to the growing participation, sports entities are increasingly leading their own efforts and becoming champions of environmental stewardship every day, greatly helping to advance the green sports movement.

Follow along on Twitter at @SportsAlliance and #GreenSports to stay up-to-date on all the green sports action!

New Rooftop Garden to Provide Homegrown Produce for Fenway Park Concessions

As part of offseason renovations that added 174 seats and enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, Fenway Park announced last week that it had also installed a rooftop garden at the 103-year-old ballpark. The garden, Fenway Farms, will provide seasonally rotating produce for concessions as well as a space to educate local youth on both healthy diets and environmental preservation.

The garden expands upon the pilot tomato-growing project in the bullpen that the Boston Red Sox initiated in 2008. Fenway Farms came into existence through a collaborative effort with Recover Green Roofs, which installed the planters and irrigation system for the garden, and Green City Growers, which has taken the lead on planting and maintenance of the garden space.

Fenway Farms provides another example of the ways in which even the nation’s oldest operational ballpark can commit to sustainable integration into its urban landscape. Most importantly for fans, the produce sourced on site “will not affect pricing throughout the ballpark,” according to team spokesperson Zineb Curran.

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Detroit’s Potential for Sustainable Sport

As Detroit evaluates the plans for a new arena for the NHL’s Red Wings, the city and its sports franchises have an opportunity to create a sustainable entertainment district in the heart of the city. The $450 million venue, which is designed to integrate with the MLB Tigers’ Comerica Park and the NFL Lions’ Ford Field. The plan is estimated to create $1.8 billion in total economic impact while creating over 8,000 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent positions after completion.

The Ilitch family, owners of the Tigers and Red Wings, has broken ground on a project that affords more than economic collaboration between the stadiums and teams. The proximity of the venues to one another presents opportunities for living roof spaces or the large-scale installment of photovoltaic panels for solar energy generation. At a time when many franchises are departing downtown corridors for suburban stadiums, Detroit’s model offers the potential to provide a blueprint for urban regeneration projects in other cities.

Rendering of the Atlanta Braves' new Cobb County Stadium

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