By Lew Blaustein
Ohio State is one of the gold standard programs in college football. With a national championship last year, the team is the closest thing to a unifying force in sports in the state. And with more than 106,000 fans filling the Horseshoe every home game, with more than 500,000 living alumni and with millions following the Buckeyes on TV, radio and online, the impact of Ohio State football is massive.
Fans expect Ohio State sports to be green
Given the huge fan base and audience, the potential impacts of Ohio State’s zero waste home football games — the school is in the process of completing its third straight zero waste season — are also massive. Zero waste events are defined as diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill via recycling, composting or repurposing. The Buckeyes diverted an incredible 95.2 percent of in-stadium waste in 2014.
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The NFL and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee teamed to develop a series of initiatives reducing environmental impact of Super Bowl activities and to leave a “green” legacy throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Verizon has also joined as a key partner in several of these projects including the Super Kids – Super Sharing Book and Sports Equipment donation project, the Super Bowl 50 Urban Forestry Project and a public E-Waste Recycling Rally.
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A series of environmental projects, funded by Verizon, the NFL and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, will take place throughout the Bay Area during the month of January.
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Ten thousand miles from his current location in Sydney, Australia, Ken Read, the skipper of the 100-foot super maxi Comanche, maintains a morning routine at his home in Newport, R.I. He walks on Gooseberry Beach with his dog Toby. The walk doubles as a morning cleanup mission.
“I get an armful of garbage off the same exact beach in the same exact place every morning, and frankly it’s just shocking,” Read said.
Phil Harmer of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing checked the keel for debris in the Bay of Plenty near New Zealand during the Volvo Ocean Race. Credit Getty Images AsiaPac, via Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Ocean health is front and center in the sailing world amid concerns over pollution and debris at next year’s Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro.
It was also a point of contention during the most recent Volvo Ocean Race. And with another Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race set to start on Saturday, no sport seems better positioned to lead the way in illuminating the huge environmental challenges the ocean is bearing.
The question is whether sailors are using that bully pulpit frequently and effectively enough.
“I do think we’re the ideal messengers, but I don’t think we are doing enough,” said Lisa Blair, an Australian skipper and activist who will be taking part in the Sydney-Hobart race in a recently purchased boat she has named Climate Action Now. “There are certainly lots of individuals trying to do work with it and raise awareness, with beach cleanup days and harbor cleanup days. There is a lot going on, but a lot of smaller things. There needs to be a great change towards just the products we are using and the things that we do that have a direct relationship with our environment and the quality of our oceans.”