Category: Sports

Climate change poses threat to Winter Olympics: study

Read the full story at The Hill.

The impacts of climate change will restrict where future Winter Olympics can take place in the Northern Hemisphere, a study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has found.

Researchers from Canada, Austria and the U.S. determined that if global greenhouse gas emissions do not dramatically decline, only one of 21 cities that have previously hosted the Winter Olympic Games — Sapporo, Japan — would be able to furnish safe and reliable conditions for snow sports by the 2080s. Six cities would be considered “marginal,” while 14 would be deemed “unreliable.”

N.H.L. partnership with chemical company leaves environmental watchdogs cold

Read the full story in the New York Times.

A new report accuses the league of using its N.H.L. Green program to promote refrigerants that will contribute to global warming.

Soccer fans can now eat their coffee cups

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The cookie-based cups now available at Manchester City’s stadium should stay crispy for half the duration of a soccer game.

How the Olympics ruin cities

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The Olympics are no longer compatible with modern, sustainable development. Even the IOC recognizes this.

Is Tokyo 2020 the greenest Olympics ever or the most greenwashed?

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Organizers say the Tokyo Games have set a new standard for sustainability, but critics beg to differ.

Phoenix Suns go biodegradable with naming-rights deal for arena

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

The Phoenix Suns and Mercury basketball teams are partnering with the plant-based fiber-technology Footprint in a deal to rename their arena and do away with single-use plastic at the facility.

All you need to know about Tokyo 2020 sustainability

Read the full story from the International Olympic Committee.

From the hydrogen-powered cauldron to medals made from recycled mobile phones, from gender balance to the first official Pride House, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are blazing a trail for the future. Here’s everything you need to know about how Tokyo 2020 is helping build a better, more sustainable world through sport.

Sports going solar cuts costs, creates jobs and is climate positive

Read the full story from the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Installing solar panels on major sports stadiums and on the roofs of cricket, soccer and AFL head offices could generate around 20,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy – enough to power 2,890 households, new research has found…

The research was conducted by the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at the University of New South Wales and the Australian PV Institute (APVI).

March Madness uses enough energy to power 2,000 homes for a month. But this year, it’s carbon neutral.

Read the full story in the Indianapolis Star.

In its three-week duration, March Madness is bringing in tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Indianapolis and drawing at least $100 million into the city’s economy. It’s also using significant amounts of energy — enough to power a neighborhood the size of Glendale for a month. 

Normally, an event this size would result in net emissions of more than 5,000 tons of greenhouse gases. But not this year. This year, March Madness is carbon neutral. 

The energy used at all seven of the basketball tournament’s venues will be tracked and then mitigated by renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. The effort, part of a partnership with the NCAA and the Indiana Sports Corp., will result in one of the largest sporting events in the country to make the commitment to carbon neutrality.

Natural Grass Playing Field Case Study: Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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Communities on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts have partnered with a non-profit group called The Field Fund to manage their natural grass playing fields with organic maintenance. The playing fields support the full demands of local youth and adult recreational activities, and increase community access to pesticide-free play spaces. This case study provides information on maintenance practices, costs, use, successes, and challenges for three natural grass field complexes on Martha’s Vineyard: Oak Bluffs School Fields, West Tisbury School Fields, and West Tisbury Town Field.

The maintenance practices highlighted here were created to meet Martha’s Vineyard’s specific conditions and needs, these methods can be adapted to any town, school, or community looking for a cost effective way to maintain their playing fields.

This is the third in a series of case studies created by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), intended to share the experiences of communities that have chosen to invest in organically managed natural grass athletic fields. The first two case studies described the experiences of the City of Springfield and the Town of Marblehead, which show what can be accomplished with use of core organic management techniques. This case study presents how precision technologies can be used alongside core organic management techniques, for those communities that have resources for additional investment.

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