Sports Are Winning at Energy Efficiency – Report

In a cultural shift of historic proportions, the US sports industry is now using its influence to advance ecological stewardship. North America’s professional leagues, teams and venues have collectively saved millions of dollars by shifting to more efficient, healthy and ecologically intelligent operations, as illustrated by a new report, Game Changer, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the same time, the sports greening movement has brought important environmental messages to millions of fans worldwide. Sport is a great unifier, transcending political, cultural, religious and socioeconomic barriers.  The new report is a collection of case studies of the sports industry’s most prominent and successful greening initiatives from across North America. Of the 126 professional sports teams in the five major professional North American leagues, about a third of them have shifted to renewable energy for at least some of their operations, while half have energy efficiency programs. All US sports Commissioners have made commitments to environmental stewardship, promoting sustainability in team operations. All leagues educate their fans about environmental issues, especially the need to recycle, and reduce energy and water use.

Join the swelling numbers of voters telling Congress they’ll VOTE for Clean Energy candidates here: then please – spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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