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

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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.

The Greening Of Sports — And Where We’re All Headed Next

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I’ve always been passionate about the preservation of natural resources and the protection of wildlife, but I’d never connected that personal interest to my professional life as a sports journalist until I got involved with the Green Sports Alliance.

The GSA works to promote environmentally preferable practices (think renewable energy, healthy food, water conservation, safer chemicals, recycling and so forth) to preserve healthy, sustainable communities. Two weeks ago, I moderated a panel at the GSA’s fifth annual summit, a three-day event featuring more than 800 athletes, teams, vendors and venue representatives. I was shocked to discover how much the sports world has embraced the green movement and just how much I’d been missing. Here’s what I learned.

The Urban Farming Trend That’s Taking Over Major League Baseball

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In May of 2001, Boston Red Sox’ coach John Cumberland planted beefsteak tomato plants in the team’s bullpen — 18 of them, to represent the last time that the team had won the World Series in 1918.

“I’m trying to change the karma,” Cumberland, the bullpen coach, told the Boston Herald. “There’s been bad soil here. Hopefully now it’s good soil.”

Cumberland’s tomato plants no longer grace Fenway’s bullpen (though the team finally got their World Series win in 2004), but in the fifteen years since beefsteak tomatoes took root in America’s oldest ballpark, the idea of growing food in a baseball stadium has transitioned from a whimsical attempt at disrupting bad karma to a growing trend embraced by teams across the country. Today, five major league teams have installed urban farms and gardens within their baseball stadiums — and those involved with the projects say that the fans are eating it up.

Donald Trump and the Environmental Cost of Luxury Golf

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

More than two billion gallons of water are used every day to irrigate golf courses across the country, according to a 2009 report by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Just 12 percent of courses use recycled water as an irrigation source and less than half are required to report their water usage to a state or local governing body; those that do often reveal that they’re paying discounted water rates. In 2013, Lake Las Vegas paid $1.41 per 1,000 gallons, while residents of Henderson paid up to $4.00 for the same amount.

On the other side of the country, at Donald Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, it’s a similar story. An average family of four in America uses 400 gallons of water a day. Bedminster uses 312,000 gallons per day—and pays a heavily discounted rate for that privilege.