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Greening Sports


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PPRC’s “Greening Sports” project is designed to complement efforts by the Green Sports Alliance, U.S. EPA, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and others to assist sports teams, venues, and leagues to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their economic performance. PPRC provides technical assistance and resources to assist these efforts.

Greening Sports Directory

Explore the first-ever concise and comprehensive Directory of local, regional, and national contacts to help sports facility managers “green” their operations.

E-Waste Directory

Sports facilities and teams offer great forums for electronic waste (e-waste) collection drives. As the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) says in its E-Waste Playbook, an e-waste drive, “offers a useful service to communities, prevents hazardous materials from being improperly disposed of, and provides an opportunity to engage with sponsors and fans in a meaningful way.” But where to start?

PPRC helped compile a comprehensive E-Waste Directory of resources that can help your sports team or venue host a successful collection drive. The directory lists e-steward certified recyclers and haulers in all 50 states. Also, the directory lists local government contacts that can help you deal with any red tape or take advantage of financial incentives. Sports teams large and small – from the pros to Little League – can join in the action and make a positive difference in the way our e-waste is recycled.

The Directory is also searchable by professional sport (and surrounding metro areas):

Upcoming Events

Collegiate Sport Sustainability SummitJune 25-27, 2014

Held at Folsom Field, on the campus of University of Colorado – Boulder, this Summit aims to promote ways in which athletic programs can join forces with green campus movements. Attendees have the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country to make investments in programs and activities that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. Check out this year’s Agenda.

Green Sports Alliance Annual SummitJuly 21-23, 2014

Held in Santa Clara, CA, this Summit serves as the ultimate platform for the sports community “to unite around sustainability,” says the GSA website. It will bring together more than 600 industry stakeholders and 80+ industry leaders, “to engage peers in meaningful dialogue around better environmental practices and proven solutions that help to advance the green sports movement.” This year’s program will “cover the day’s most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening via a dynamic mix of workshops, case studies, roundtables, leadership plenaries, keynotes and venue tours.”

Greening Sports Rapid Response Service

PPRC is pleased to expand our Rapid Response service to cover questions relating to any environmental challenges experienced at your sports facilities, as you work to develop greener operations. We will provide free and confidential research to help you make the right decisions.

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The Vancouver Canucks, one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, are one of many organizations making great strides to green their facilities. The team’s home, Rogers Arena, has accomplished tremendous reductions in waste as well as emissions from fan transportation. PPRC compiled a report on the success and challenges of the Arena’s Zero Waste program, which started in 2012. See the report HERE.

To see more success stories, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Game Changer page. The NRDC is collecting reports on the North American sport’s industry’s most successful greening initiatives. The reports, it says, “celebrate the sport’s industry’s growing embrace of environmental stewardship.” Also, they provide a great resource for other facilities looking for successful greening models.

New EPA Web Resource Guide: Green Sports

All in one place, for the first time ever, EPA has created a Green Sports web page guiding users to dozens of EPA programs and resources that help sports teams, facilities, fans, and leagues green their sports operations. The web page also showcases green sports benefits, success stories, calculators, recognition programs, and additional resources. Take a look; we’re sure you’ll get a lot out of it!

New Solar Electric Guide for Stadiums and Arenas

The Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena is a clear guide to developing on-site solar power generation at professional and collegiate sports stadiums and arenas. Updated in August 2013, the Guide offers steps to take, tips to succeed, case studies, and more – including a searchable list of state financial incentives (grants, loans, rebates, tax credits, and more) relevant to any athletic facility considering solar.

The guide is authored by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Green Sports Alliance (GSA). PPRC provided research support, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Learn more about the guide in this blog post.

Funding for this project provided by USEPA         

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