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