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Bruins Announce Green Up New England Challenge

By Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

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The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today the launch of their Green Up New England Challenge in partnership with Project Green Schools and Walmart. This new initiative aims to develop Green Student Leaders in schools throughout New England.

Schools across New England that enter the challenge will be asked to compete in energy reduction, waste reduction, water reduction, best green school practices, best green community practices, and best green sports practices. Awards will be given for each category.

To participate in the challenge, schools will be asked to complete an online application by March 22, 2017. Apply here.

A team of judges will measure submitted applications on the following: overall concept, environmental impact, creativity, number of participants engaged, and how effective schools were at getting the message out. One grand prize winning school will receive a classroom/sustainability lab makeover from the Boston Bruins and Walmart next fall.

Honorees will be announced on March 28 and will be recognized at the Bruins game on April 1 vs. the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

To enter this challenge, administrators, teachers, and students can fill out the entry form on projectgreenschools.org. For questions regarding the Green Up New England Challenge, contact Project Green Schools at: info@projectgreenschools.org or call (508) 272-9653.

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How Sustainability in Sport Can Reach A Tipping Point in 2016

By Claire Poole, Climate Action

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Sport is a crucial part of our social dynamic; providing a way for people to come together that transcends class and background, and engage in a collective experience.

In short, sport whether partaking or watching is a crucial part of our social infrastructure, and one which will not (and should not) go away any time soon.  However, this €450 billion a year industry (AT Kearney ‘The Sports Market’) has an impact on the environment, and plays its role in contributing to climate change.

How can we even start to calculate this impact?  In short, it’s difficult. Emissions are produced as teams and fans travel to sporting events, as stadiums are built, run and maintained, as sportswear and equipment is produced.  Sport contributes to sectors where emissions are already high; transport, energy, cities, industry, consumer goods and waste.

Putting a global figure on this is impossible, but it’s certainly an area where positive changes can be made – both on the industry itself, but also by engendering behavioural change in the general population, which could have a ripple effect of epic proportions.  As Niall Dunne of BT said last year during the launch of 100 per cent Sport, “When Chelsea played their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day this year, 1.7m BT Sport customers tuned in. Imagine if just 10 per cent of those, a mere fraction of the UK’s football fans, switched to renewable energy.”

Read the full article here.

 

Green Sports Alliance Proclaims October 6th “Green Sports Day”

Today, the Green Sports Alliance proclaims October 6th the inaugural Green Sports Day with support from The White House. President Obama and the Office of Science and Technology Policy announced exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.

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From The White House:
New Actions to Tackle Climate through Sports

Today, on the inaugural Green Sports Day and in line with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ visit to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is announcing a set of exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.

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The White House Washington October 6, 2016 I send greetings to all those marking the inaugural Green Sports Day. America is leading the fight against climate change, and our favorite sports teams, athletes, and their fans have stepped up to the plate—taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprints and educate people about sustainable solutions. On Green Sports Day, we celebrate these efforts and recommit to building a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet for all. While captivating audiences in the thrill of the game, stadiums and venues around our country have become beacons of excellence in sustainability through the use of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies. Athletes have also demonstrated their commitment to shaping a brighter future by speaking out about climate change. The Federal Government is proud to work with America’s sports community to promote sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the National Hockey League is currently the 25th largest user of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Department of Energy has an ongoing partnership with professional sports leagues to support clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing competition and bettering the fan experience ¬¬— including through improving the performance of NASCAR vehicles and track lighting. And the Department of State has been sending former and current professional athletes and coaches around the world to develop green sports events in communities abroad. As we recognize these accomplishments, we rededicate ourselves to seizing the opportunities that will advance clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and increase our resilience to climate change. On this inaugural Green Sports Day, let us rededicate ourselves to safeguarding the one planet we share and strive to encourage sports fans across the globe to do the same. Signed by President Obama

I send greetings to all those marking the inaugural Green Sports Day.

America is leading the fight against climate change, and our favorite sports teams, athletes, and their fans have stepped up to the plate—taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprints and educate people about sustainable solutions. On Green Sports Day, we celebrate these efforts and recommit to building a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet for all.

While captivating audiences in the thrill of the game, stadiums and venues around our country have become beacons of excellence in sustainability through the use of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies. Athletes have also demonstrated their commitment to shaping a brighter future by speaking out about climate change.

The Federal Government is proud to work with America’s sports community to promote sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the National Hockey League is currently the 25th largest user of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Department of Energy has an ongoing partnership with professional sports leagues to support clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing competition and bettering the fan experience — including through improving the performance of NASCAR vehicles and track lighting. And the Department of State has been sending former and current professional athletes and coaches around the world to develop green sports events in communities abroad.

As we recognize these accomplishments, we rededicate ourselves to seizing the opportunities that will advance clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and increase our resilience to climate change. On this inaugural Green Sports Day, let us rededicate ourselves to safeguarding the one planet we share and strive to encourage sports fans across the globe to do the same.

— President Obama

 

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