Waste Management Phoenix Open Achieves Zero Waste

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has, for the second consecutive year, diverted 100 percent of waste away from landfills amid this year’s record attendance of 563,008 fans.

As part of its Zero Waste Challenge, the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open earned UL Environment’s landfill waste diversion, or Zero Waste to Landfill status, a certification proven through transparent reporting and detailed data.

How collegiate sports can score with sustainability

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At the College Sports Sustainability Summit held in June, the Natural Resources Defense Council released our NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free online guide to greening collegiate athletics and recreation.

This free tool aims to help any college or university interested in greening its sports facilities and operations. NRDC’s guide provides information about implementing environmental initiatives at collegiate athletic and recreation departments. It offers the first compilation of collegiate sports greening resources in one place and showcases a wide variety of success stories, including case studies profiled in the NRDC Collegiate Game Changers report.

Climate policies in the U.S. at the stakeholder level: A case study of the National Football League

Reiche, D. (2013). ” Climate policies in the U.S. at the stakeholder level: A case study of the National Football League.” Energy Policy 60(9), 775-784. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.039

Abstract: This article analyzes how stakeholders are able to influence climate policy-making in the U.S.; emphasis is placed upon the most popular sports league in the United States, the National Football League (NFL). An empirical analysis of the 32 NFL franchises identifies pioneering clubs that have introduced ambitious green programs that include the utilization of renewable energies, the adoption of energy efficiency measures and carbon offsetting policies, as well as the facilitation of public transport and electric cars. Apart from environmental concerns, this paper identifies several drivers for pioneering actions: economic motives, pressure exerted by the local environment, public relations, and political incentives such as the promotion from the federal government’s stimulus package. Finally, this article investigates the role that state actors, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, and non-state actors, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, play in the innovation and diffusion processes of environmental programs in the NFL.

Webinar: Going Abroad: Case Studies of Sports Greening Successes in Europe

Wednesday, June 18, 11 am-noon CDT
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As the green sports movement has taken off in North America, sports venues in Europe and across the world have been making great strides in sustainable operations as well. While things like units of measurement and certifying bodies may vary quite a bit, the general principles of green venue operations are common regardless of locale: reduce/eliminate landfill waste, conserve energy and water and strive for max efficiency, eliminate toxic chemicals from cleaning processes, support alternative transportation options for fans, and seek out cutting-edge solutions like LED lighting, onsite solar, and rainwater harvesting when possible.

On this webinar, the Green Sports Alliance will shine a light on two prominent and very high-performing international venues: the O2 World in Berlin and Aviva Stadium in Dublin. With comprehensive sustainable operations systems in place and incredible results to show, these two venues have a great deal of valuable insights to share with the Green Sports Alliance. We hope you can join us to learn more.

Toxic Chemicals in World Cup Soccer Gear, Greenpeace Says

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Soccer merchandise produced by adidas, Nike and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been found to contain hazardous chemicals, according to an investigation by Greenpeace Germany.

Independent laboratories tested 33 items including shoes, goalkeeper gloves and the official “Brazuca” ball for a range of substances and found hazardous chemicals like perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates and dimethylformamide (DMF) in products from all three companies and purchased across three continents.

Exploring the Social and Environmental Challenges as Brazil Prepares for Two Sports Spectacles

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For the fourth year in a row, a team of graduate and undergraduate communication students at Pace University has created a compelling short documentary focused on efforts to mesh human progress with the environment. (I admit a bias here, given that I co-teach the documentary course that produces these films with Pace Prof. Maria Luskay.)

This year’s film, “Green vs. Gold,” focuses on Brazil’s struggle to manage the social and environmental impacts of preparing for back-to-back international sports spectacles — this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The rising tropical powerhouse has greatly expanded its middle class and seen tourism revenue triple since 2000. But enormous challenges persist.

It’s a brisk 20-minute report so I hope you can find time to watch. We saw substantial growing pains, and some hopeful signs, in three places:

What NASCAR Nation thinks about ‘green’

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There’s a reasonable chance that your response to the headline above is to say, “Hmmmm.” Or worse. That’s a natural reaction for many, especially those with a strong environmental ethic, when it comes to putting auto racing and “green” in the same sentence.

But NASCAR, the stock-car racing organization whose massive events make it America’s largest spectator sport, has been on an unlikely journey over the past few years, one with the potential to make an impact across a broad swath of the U.S. populace. The challenge, as so many other companies and organizations have found in influencing mainstream audiences on environmental topics and behaviors, is how to turn good intentions into good, green actions.

Some NFL Teams Are Going Green

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.

When San Francisco 49ers fans enter the team’s new Levi’s Stadium for the first time later this year, they’ll see green—and not just on the field.

The $1.2 billion stadium will be the first in the National Football League to feature a “living roof,” a canopy of green and flowering plants nestled across the top of an eight-story tower of luxury suites to reduce the building’s energy use and offer other environmental benefits by providing natural insulation.

The 18,000-square-foot living roof is one a number of green features included in the new home of the 49ers, who are at the vanguard of a growing trend: NFL clubs, world famous for their hard knocks on the gridiron, are trying to show a gentler side through emerging green programs to reduce energy emissions. They are using solar panels, wind turbines, electric charging stations and other low-carbon alternatives in America’s most watched sport.

Meet The Russian Environmentalist Standing Up To Putin To Save The Country’s Ecosystem

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Suren Gazaryan tried to keep the Sochi Olympics from being an environmental disaster. After years battling the Russian government, he’s still fighting even though the rest of the world stopped paying attention.