Sports venues in America have tremendous potential to reduce their environmental impact by greening operations and engaging fans in green initiatives. 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 help teams, venues, and leagues improve their environmental and economic performance. To assist these efforts, PPRC provides technical assistance and resources such as:
Explore the first-ever concise and comprehensive Directory of local, regional, and national contacts to help sports facility managers green their operations. The directory includes dozens of metropolitan regions throughout the country, and we will be adding more throughout 2015.
The fifth annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit was held June 24-26, 2015, at Purdue University, in Indiana. The Summit offered attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country. Click here to see PDF versions of presentations from the event. Presentations cover a variety of ways that athletic and sports programs can engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.
Sports facilities often maintain lots of hard surfaces – parking lots, sidewalks, stadiums, and even fields. These surfaces collect pollutants that precipitation runoff carries directly into our waterways.
We created a manual to help sports facilities reduce their impacts on surrounding water bodies:
As part of the above manual, Individual Best Management Practices (BMPs) address different aspects of managing stormwater. Individual BMP Topics can be found here:
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.
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 Little League to the pros – can join 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):
The Vancouver Canucks, a founding member 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 successes and challenges of the arena’s Zero Waste program, which started in 2012. See the report HERE.
This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.
Through the Summit, we are creating an open and equal platform for inter-departmental collaboration. Representatives from student groups and athletic, recreation, sustainability, facilities, food service, and recycling departments are welcome.
The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 800 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans.