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GSB News and Notes: U of Miami Football to Debut Eco-Conscious Uniforms; University of Louisiana-Lafayette Football Goes Zero-Waste; LA Galaxy and StubHub Center Go Strawless

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

The University of Miami Hurricanes will take the field Sunday at LSU in eco-friendly alternate uniforms, thanks to a partnership with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans (Photo credit: Environmental Leader)

The University of Miami Hurricanes will take the field Sunday at LSU in eco-friendly alternate uniforms, thanks to a partnership with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans (Photo credit: Environmental Leader)

As our US-based GreenSportsBlog readers head out for the Labor Day weekend, we’re offering up a GSB News & Notes for your end-of-summer reading pleasure. The University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes will open their 2018 football season against LSU in Arlington, TX wearing eco-conscious uniforms from Adidas and Parley for the Oceans. But should the Hurricanes also be taking on climate change, given Miami’s vulnerability to it? About 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, the UL-Lafayette is embarking on a journey to host Louisiana’s first Zero-Waste football games. And, MLS’ LA Galaxy and the Stub Hub Center add to the growing number of teams and venues eliminating plastic straws.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HURRICANES DON ECO-FRIENDLY UNIFORMS; WHEN WILL THEY TAKE ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

When the University of Miami Hurricanes take the field Sunday night in their nationally televised season opener against LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, they will do so wearing new, alternate uniforms made from repurposed and upcycled materials, including plastic ocean waste. The uniforms are the result of a partnership between Miami, Adidas and Parley For The Oceans.

While the Hurricanes are the first American football team to partner with Parley for the Oceans and Adidas, they are following in the footsteps of European club soccer giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in wearing the eco-friendly alternate uniforms.

More than 70 percent of the special-edition uniform is fashioned from regenerated Econyl yarn (made by Aquafil of Trento, Italy), a raw material transformed from fishing nets and other nylon waste intercepted in marine environments, and from Parley Ocean Plastic, which also comes from waste that was intercepted from beaches and coastal communities. The result is a “durable, yet breathable fabric that is optimal for Adidas performance apparel,” according to a statement from the Hurricanes. Players will also wear cleats and gloves featuring recycled materials. The statement claims the cleats are the first-ever styles of eco-conscious footwear to be debuted on-field for NCAA football competition.

“Our players and staff are excited to wear the new adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We’re also excited that Adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world.”

Read the full article here.

Forest Green Rovers Club Goes Carbon Neutral

Climate Action

Image source: Climate Action

Image source: Climate Action

A football team in England’s lower leagues is taking bold steps to become truly low-carbon and sustainable.

Forest Green Rovers, currently sitting in the fourth tier of English football, has signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.

The move makes the small football club the first in the world to make such a commitment.

It is the latest in the club’s transition to sustainability following its purchase by Dale Vince, owner of local green energy company Ecotricity.

As chairman, Mr Vince has driven forward a change to an all-vegan menu; building electric vehicle charging points; new solar panels on its stadium roof, and even installing a solar-powered lawnmower.

The club’s radical transformation into a green sports pioneer has not gone unnoticed outside of its hometown of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Last year, The Vegan Society accredited the club with its own trademark and it also beat Manchester United to win a sustainability in sport award from The Climate Coalition.

Read the full story.

FIFA Announce that World Cup Stadia Meet Green Standards

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Image shows the Kazan Arena.

Image shows the Kazan Arena.

All 12 stadia being utilised for the 2018 World Cup have achieved FIFA’s new environment sustainability standards.

Russia 2018 is the first edition of the World Cup to have green building certification as a mandatory requirement for all stadia under construction or renovation.

The aim of this requirement from world football’s governing body is to ensure that the construction and renovation of stadia are carried out in a more sustainable manner, and that their design considers key environmental and social concerns that will allow for more sustainable operation in the long term.

To comply with FIFA stadium requirements and as part of the wider infrastructure project for the 2018 World Cup Russia, a new standard was drawn up in 2016 by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and with the support of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) – RUSO.

The RUSO standard was developed solely for football stadium certification in accordance with the principle of ‘green’ construction.

FIFA said that nine of the 12 World Cup stadia were certified according to this new Russian standard, while the other three complied with the international Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) standard.

The three to have reached this higher standard are the Luzhniki Stadium and Spartak Stadium in Moscow and Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, which was first developed for the 2014 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOC-RUSO’s Head of Sustainability, Milana Verkhunova explained “achieving green certification for all our stadiums will have a big impact on their effective use in the long run, especially in regards to reducing expenditure on water and energy.

“This will be a game changer for sports infrastructure in Russia and a true legacy of the FIFA World Cup here.”

View the article here.

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