The big green ball orchard

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Yankee Stadium is, arguably, the most iconic sports stadium in the world (the British might vote for Wembley Stadium in London.) The House That Ruth Built opened in 1923 and the Yanks won their first World Series that season. The new stadium opened its doors across the street from the original in 2009 and the Yanks won their 27th World Series that year.

Sustainability was a key facet of the design process and is an integral part the new ballpark’s operational DNA. GreenSportsBlog visited with Doug Behar, the Yankees’ VP of stadium operations, at his offices in Yankee Stadium to discuss the many sustainable aspects of the Big (Green) Ball Orchard in the South Bronx.

Chicago stadiums shift toward making concessions greener

Read the full story in Redeye.

Save for maybe Thanksgiving and the movie theater, there are few places people like to chow down more than ballparks, arenas and stadiums. Sports fans love to eat. It’s tradition.

But when 22,000 Blackhawks fans gather for a game at the United Center, perhaps the furthest thing from their minds is what’s in that Polish sausage or double bacon cheeseburger, and where the waste it creates is headed afterward.

As it turns out, the answers to those questions have changed a lot in recent years, as sports venues nationwide have made greener concessions processes a key piece of their sustainability efforts.

Last Flag of the 2015 Green Racing Season

Read the full post at the EERE Blog.

The Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance racecar competition held annually at the beginning of October, is known for being difficult, long, and (since 2006) “green.” It is also the culmination of the annual International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, which determines the winner of the Green Racing Cup.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and SAE International, Green Racing recognizes racecar teams that go the farthest and fastest with the smallest environmental footprint. Together they use the racetrack to promote, develop, and test cleaner fuels and more efficient vehicle technologies that manufacturers can transfer to consumer vehicles. Green Racing scores are based on vehicle efficiency, the oil used, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted, and the time in which cars complete the race. Much like golf, the lower the score, the better.

Students study compost as alternate fertilizer for campus recreation fields

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A grassroots composting effort from NC State students and staff is strengthening literal grass roots on the university’s recreation fields at Centennial Campus.

In fall 2014, University Recreation and Grounds Management partnered to study the viability of using compost instead of traditional fertilizer to maintain the health of grass on the university’s recreation fields. With the help of students Morgan Malone and Lindsay Edwards, two recreational fields on Centennial Campus were included in a study that compared the soil health of a field receiving compost versus a field receiving traditional fertilizer.

After students conducted initial soil and compaction tests, the field receiving the compost was aerated and topdressed with a quarter inch of compost, which was blended into the turf with a drag mat. The students later conducted follow up testing to monitor turf and soil health over time.

Greening Game Day, and Every Day in Between

Read the full story in Sierra Magazine.

Nationwide, more than 460,000 college-student athletes compete across 23 sports annually. All those games draw a lot of spectators, a fact that CU-Boulder Environmental Center director Dave Newport is keenly aware of. “The power of sports to influence fans’ behavior is profound,” he says, and is one reason he’s worked to extend university-wide green initiatives into the athletic department.

Why the outdoor industry needs to climb Mount Sustainability

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It helps people fall in love with the natural world, and the sector is known for several sustainability stars, but the entire sector can do more.

How Adidas is pioneering open-source sustainability for sports

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Adidas is among the most admired companies in the world, especially when it comes to sustainability.

In January, Corporate Knights, “the magazine for clean capitalism,” ranked the sporting goods and apparel giant No. 3 on its list of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.” In fact, Adidas was the only textile, apparel or luxury good company that made the list.

That raises the question of what makes the company tick so consistently when it comes to sustainability, despite the financial pressures of the athletic apparel marketplace. It uses an approach most commonly associated with the tech world: Open source innovation.