Since its launch in 2015, the Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) has set about highlighting best practice in reducing sport’s impact on the environment and increasing the sustainability of community infrastructure for clubs, local governments and facility managers.
The not-for-profit membership organisation that provides guidance to the sports industry on how to become more environmentally aware and take action to reduce impact has three alliances around the world – in the UK, North America and Australasia.
SEA can cite a range of examples of positive action, including clubs in the National Football League in the US replacing lighting at their major stadiums with LED lighting – drastically reducing emissions and also slashing operating costs while, locally, the MCG is well advanced in its environmental efficiency, recycling water for irrigation and composting food waste.
SEA is also looking at grassroots sport with feedback from local clubs indicating that many have limited awareness of their environmental impact, or the steps they can take to reduce it.
Examples cited include things as simple as turning off the lights as soon as training is finished, changing watering patterns during the year when grass is dormant, installing an automatic sprinkler system to increase efficiency by watering overnight, or replacing a turf bowling green with modern low-maintenance synthetic turf.