Sports

Audubon to protest bird ‘death trap’ stadium design

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

The Minneapolis chapter of the Audubon Society is organizing a protest at the new Vikings stadium this weekend calling on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings to change the design of the new billion dollar stadium.

The stadium’s open interior and lights may attract birds, who can be killed or injured when they fly into the transparent glass.

European Golf Federations Unite for Sustainability

Read the full story at The Golf Environment.

As a leading example of sustainability in sport and golf’s strengthening voluntary responsibility for nature, resources and communities, the game’s leading administrative bodies have launched a pioneering initiative that will help ensure the sport of golf delivers the greatest combined economic, social and environmental value in the years ahead.

Lions QBs to wear green practice jerseys made out of recycled bottles

Read the full story from the Detroit News.

Lions quarterbacks are going green Wednesday.

Matthew Stafford and the other Detroit quarterbacks will wear green jerseys made from REPREVE, a fiber made out of plastic bottles, during practice Wednesday as part of the team’s new partnership with the manufacturer.

A Proud Day To Be A Hockey Fan: NHL Releases First Sustainability Report

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Growing up as a hockey-obsessed kid in a small New York suburb, there was no single event to which I looked forward more than The Day the Lake Froze Over.

For most of my hockey-playing years, I had the great fortune of living across the street from a large lake (Lake Mahopac), and a short drive from a smaller pond (Teakettle Spout), the latter of which attracted a disproportionate amount of pickup hockey talent.  I still remember rushing out the front door on Saturday mornings to check the integrity of the ice — “Solid enough to skate on?” — or waiting for the inevitable phone call imploring me to get down to Teakettle because a game about to get underway.  None of us who gathered on those lakes and ponds took for granted the free ice-time we were afforded, but I don’t think any of us considered that these opportunities might, some day, disappear.

This same spirit — that of the eager kid entertaining his or her professional hockey playing fantasies on the local lake or pond — animates much of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) first Sustainability Report, which was released last week.  The NHL’s report is the first of its kind in major professional sports, and its scope and ambition are impressive.  Hopefully, the work the NHL did on its inaugural report will set the tone for the rest of professional sports and encourage the other major leagues — the MLB, NBA and NFL — to follow-suit.

San Jose’s New High-Tech Water Purification Plant to Expand Recycled Water Use

Read the full story in FutureStructure.

When the San Francisco 49ers’ stadium opens next month in Santa Clara, almost all of it will be new except for one thing: the water used to irrigate the field and flush the toilets.