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Green Sports Alliance Update 2018

By Marsha W. Johnston, BioCycle

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As the Green Sports Alliance (Alliance) enters its ninth year, the sports greening movement is experiencing increased international collaboration, domestic expansion and new practices and products that could make sporting operations intrinsically sustainable. Among the most recent examples is the establishment of its first international sister organization, in Japan. Although the Alliance’s membership already included teams, leagues and venues and individuals from 14 countries, Green Sports Alliance Japan is the first nation-member — and helps lay the groundwork for more global collaborations.

“There are countries and regions that are advanced well beyond America when it comes to climate change,” says Alliance Executive Director Justin Zeulner, noting that the nations party to the Paris climate accords have adopted more advanced laws and standards, and some have similar sports greening organizations. They use those organizations, such as the U.K.’s British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) and Australia’s Sports & Environment Alliance, he adds, “to connect people” to those laws and standards. With establishment of Alliance Japan, he adds, “there may be a chance to establish other sister organizations in Korea and India. The EU Sports Commission is interested in a Green Sports Alliance Europe, as is the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).”

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Arizona Diamondbacks Given Green Sports Alliance Award

By James Billington, Stadia Magazine

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The Green Sports Alliance has recognized 10 individuals and organizations with its Environmental Innovators of the Year award and among those included for their sustainability efforts is Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-Backs received the award as a result of initiatives such as adding 200 new recycling bins, increasing recycling tonnage by 170% (314 tons recycled per year), and introducing eco-friendly hand dryers that replaced 350 miles of paper towels and low-flush toilets and urinals to reduce water use by 50%.

In addition, the D-Backs partnered with Levy Restaurants to donate 9 tons of food to a local shelter and teamed up with UnitedHealthcare to develop a vertical garden on the exterior of the ballpark, donating fresh produce to Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit organization that aims to eliminate child hunger.

The awards, which are now in their seventh year, celebrate the sports greening movement, and the other nine organizations that were given the coveted accolade were: Aramark, BASF, Hampton Farms and the Kansas City Chiefs; Greg Martin of Martin Design Partnership; Melbourne Cricket Club; Raka 7s Rugby Tournament; Sacramento Running Association; US Bank Stadium; University of Texas Austin; University of Washington Department of Athletics; and Vegan Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Park.

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MCC Recognized as ‘Innovator of the Year’ at International Green Sports Alliance Awards

By Australian Leisure Management

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The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has been recognised for its achievements in sustainability, receiving an ‘Innovator of the Year’ award from the Green Sports Alliance.

Now in its seventh year, the global Green Sports Alliance awards recognise and applaud the best in sports and sustainability, and those leading the sports greening movement.

The MCC, stadium manager of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, has invested heavily in recycling and waste management systems at the iconic sporting stadium.

In 2018 the MCG became the first sporting venue to close the loop on organics recycling, with waste produced at the stadium treated in-house via an organics dehydrator.

Comprised largely of food and turf materials, the waste is repurposed into a soil-additive that is being used to sustain the heritage-listed Yarra Park which surrounds the stadium, as well as being donated to local community gardens and charitable groups.

Not only does the dehydrator allow the MCC to take pressure off local waste treatment facilities and avoid the CO2 emissions associated with transportation, it is also helping build the soil profile and sustain the health of Yarra Park so it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Having been advised of the upcoming presentation of the Award, MCC Chief Executive Stuart Fox said the club was thrilled to be recognised for its efforts, commenting “the MCC has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to operating the MCG in an environmentally responsible manner. 10 years ago we were recycling around 15% of waste produced at the stadium – happily that figure is now above 83% and growing.

“We take our role as an environmental stadium seriously and are increasingly prepared to try new things for, hopefully, the benefit of the wider sports and venue industry.”

“It is an honour to be recognised alongside other global leaders in sports sustainability, and we look forward to continuing to improve our environmental performance, as well as helping support others venues to do similar.”

The official award presentation for the Green Sports Alliance awards will take place on 26th June at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, USA.

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