The Green Sports Alliance launched the first Green Sports Day on October 6th with support from The White House.
President Obama and the Office of Science and Technology Policy used the day to announce exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organisations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.
Among other things, the Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Green Sports Alliance and the National Institute of Building Sciences, will convene a workshop in November at the M&T Bank Stadium.
The workshop will bring together sport stadium and arena owners and operators, building professionals, and other sports-industry stakeholders to examine and identify the opportunities and challenges in advancing the design, construction and operation of high-performance sport facilities.
The workshop will focus on developing a strategic vision and roadmap for delivering better facilities that are built and operated to incorporate energy efficient strategies and technologies that help accelerate adoption of clean energy, protect the environment, increase resilience, save money, and inspire sports fans.
The DOE will release a report following the workshop that identifies existing resources, assesses the current state of the facilities, showcases best practices and case studies, and identifies a solutions-oriented path toward more sustainable sport stadiums and venues.
Meanwhile, the Green Sports Alliance will in January 2017 launch Measure It!, a new initiative designed to increase the number of sports teams, leagues, and venues who measure and report their energy, waste, and water-reduction efforts.
The Alliance will aggregate these data for future industry benchmarking to create new, more ambitious targets for all Alliance members, representing more than 400 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries.
In June, at the 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Sacramento, the Alliance will invite members to help design new industry goals for teams, leagues, venues, and higher education using baseline data aggregated in the intervening five months.
The campaign has been supported by President Obama who sent a letter of support. In it he said:
I send greetings to all those marking the inaugural Green Sports Day.
America is leading the fight against climate change, and our favorite sports teams, athletes, and their fans have stepped up to the plate—taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprints and educate people about sustainable solutions. On Green Sports Day, we celebrate these efforts and recommit to building a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet for all.
While captivating audiences in the thrill of the game, stadiums and venues around our country have become beacons of excellence in sustainability through the use of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies. Athletes have also demonstrated their commitment to shaping a brighter future by speaking out about climate change.
The Federal Government is proud to work with America’s sports community to promote sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the National Hockey League is currently the 25th largest user of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Department of Energy has an ongoing partnership with professional sports leagues to support clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing competition and bettering the fan experience — including through improving the performance of NASCAR vehicles and track lighting. And the Department of State has been sending former and current professional athletes and coaches around the world to develop green sports events in communities abroad.
As we recognize these accomplishments, we rededicate ourselves to seizing the opportunities that will advance clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and increase our resilience to climate change. On this inaugural Green Sports Day, let us rededicate ourselves to safeguarding the one planet we share and strive to encourage sports fans across the globe to do the same.
— President Obama
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