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The past 10 years have seen a boom in new stadium and arena construction in North America and beyond. The sports facilities industry has done a strong job in making sustainability a priority, from construction (LEED certification) to operations (zero-waste games) and much more. But what about the effects of stadium and arena construction and operations, as well as the conduct of mega-events such as the Olympics, on the biodiversity of animal and plant life? That is a topic we have not touched on — until today.
Giulia Carbone is deputy director of the Global Business and Biodiversity Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN. Here, Giulia delves into what is being done to limit the sports industry’s impacts on biodiversity loss.