Oct 25, 2011 • 4 min read
When the St. Louis Cardinals played the Texas Rangers last week in Games 1 and 2 of the 2011 World Series, there were a lot of ‘green’ things at Busch Stadium other than the grass on the field. A member of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), the not-for-profit brainchild of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Paul Allen (owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Seattle Seahawks, and co-owner of the Seattle Sounders), the Cardinals are one of 20+ professional sports teams to commit to making tangible changes in their facilities to conserve energy and promote sustainability. These efforts include installing lighting occupancy sensors, adding solar panels, introducing in-stadium recycling programs, reducing water consumption and energy usage, and even handing out compost bags as giveaways!
But you don’t have to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance or part of a professional sports team to make a difference in your neighborhood and our overall environment. Many youth sports leagues across the country have begun introducing and supporting sustainability initiatives to help keep their communities cleaner and teach players about their impact on the environment
Here are some things your team — or league — can do to be ‘greener’ and help our planet.
Do you have any other ideas on how your team or league can be more ‘green’? Let us know.
Oh, and by the way, don’t print this blog….save a tree!