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Since the mid-2000s, the sport sector has made fast and widespread improvements in environmentally sustainable practices. They include the adoption of LED lighting and energy-efficiency systems, installation of solar panels, implementation of zero-waste plans, installation of low-flow water system upgrades and local food sourcing, to name a few. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily halted live events and may stymie progress toward sustainability goals.
It is clear that the health risks of the coronavirus must be immediately addressed to avoid exposing fans to unnecessary or additional risks or compromising on safety standards. At the same time, facility managers have a rare opportunity to align pandemic response efforts with sustainability strategies to proactively address climate-related threats, recommitting to the triple bottom line.