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The word “green” in sports refers to more than the color of the field. Today that word has come to represent a new dedication by sports teams and venues to be more sustainable and better stewards of the environment.

Look up your favorite sports team, and you may find that they are member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization that brings together professional sports teams — such as the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Boston Red Sox (MLB), the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and the Anaheim Ducks (NHL) — and environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help the sports world understand and reduce its impact on the environment.

Since March, more than 50 sports teams and venues have joined the Green Sports Alliance, so chances are your favorite team will be a member. If not, don’t discount it as being un-green. Several teams, including the New York Yankees, have committed to having Zero Waste stadiums by offering attendees options for recycling and composting. Even NASCAR has joined the green movement by using more ethanol (corn) fuel in its vehicles.

And for you college sports fans, being green is big at such schools as Ohio State, University of California Davis and Colorado University.

Make going to the game more sustainable with these easy steps from your favorite raging ecoist:

  • Take public transportation to get to the game — Many cities accommodate those traveling during sporting events by offering expanded service to venues.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle — While many venues have policies prohibiting outside food and drink, take advantage of the ones that don’t by bringing in your own reusable bottle to help cut back on all those plastic water bottles floating around.
  • Take advantage of receptacles for recycling and composting — If your favorite team has gone through the trouble of offering ways for you to recycle or compost your trash, use them! You will be showing your team that you support their efforts to be greener.
  • Buy in bulk — I’m not saying chow down on a large order of nachos by yourself, but if you are at the game with a few friends, consider sharing a few larger orders of snacks rather than each getting your own individual portions. Doing so will help cut down on waste.

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