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Alice Henly, Resource Specialist & College Sports Greening Coordinator, New York

Alice Henly

I was born on the upper-west side and spent most of my spare time playing in central park until I moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of nine. There I got a crash course in the world’s most beautiful beaches, rowing, sunburns and the sweetest mangoes.

I returned to the U.S. to attend to Yale University and had the opportunity to work for the Yale Office of Sustainability on athletics sustainability. As a former college athlete -- winning three NCAA national rowing championship titles -- I am particularly passionate about the greening of sports, society’s great equalizer. Upon graduating I came back to New York City to join NRDC’s corporate greening team.

I now work primarily on and write about more efficient, cost-saving and environmentally preferable business choices. I help enhance the environmental profile of America’s most iconic sports and entertainment organizations by addressing the ecological impacts of their operations and supply chains. Whether it’s at the college or professional level, wherever efficiency, sustainability and sports overlap, I’m there.

Recent Posts

NRDC Releases Guide for Greening Collegiate Sports

Posted June 26, 2014 by Alice Henly in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today, at the 2014 College Sports Sustainability Summit, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released the NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free online guide to greening collegiate athletics and recreation. This free tool aims to help any college or university...continued

CU-Boulder Basketball Launches "Sustainable Gamedays"

Posted February 24, 2014 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) continues to grow its leading “zero waste” sports practices by establishing a new partnership with sponsor company BASF to host a series of eight “Sustainable Gamedays” during men’s and women’s home basketball games.  During the...continued

Australian Open Greening Wins

Posted January 25, 2014 by Alice Henly in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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At last, it’s finals weekend of the Australian Open tennis championships, held at Melbourne Park since 1988, just ten minutes walk from the heart of Melbourne. As two weeks of dramatic upsets of top-seeded players, record-breaking heat, and unforgettable tennis...continued

Major League Baseball Announces 2013 MLB Green Glove Award Winner

Posted December 6, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Major League Baseball has announced the San Francisco Giants as the winner of the 2013 Green Glove Award. The Giants had the highest recycling rate in Major League Baseball and diverted the most waste from landfills. They have achieved a...continued

"The Next Play" National College Sustainability in Sports Initiative

Posted November 20, 2013 by Alice Henly in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today, Davidson College launched a national initiative, entitled The Next Play, which aims to use the wide-reaching influence of sports to inspire progress around sustainability. The Next Play initiative is comprised of two flagship events at the national scale: a...continued

College Sports Follow the Lead of NHL Green

Posted November 4, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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The NHL has one of the strongest environmental programs of any sports organization worldwide, and its uniquely powerful cultural influence provides much-needed business leadership in ecologically sustainable practices.  NHL Green’s many environment-related accomplishments to date include: Gallons for Goals water restoration program Recycle...continued

College Sports Score Big by Saving Resources

Posted August 26, 2013 by Alice Henly in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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As college campuses prepare for the new school year and the college football season kicks off, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)  has released a new report profiling sustainability efforts at collegiate sports departments. Over 200 college sports programs across the U.S., including...continued

Major League Baseball Continues Its Green Legacy at the 84th All-Star Game

Posted July 16, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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Tonight is the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. As part of MLB's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, the league has partnered again with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) this year to...continued

Penn State Grows Green Sports Program

Posted April 25, 2013 by Alice Henly in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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This week Penn State University hosted NRDC and the Green Sports Alliance as part of their Earth Week celebrations, which coincided with the annual Blue-White spring football game.  It was the perfect opportunity to talk green sports.  Since 1995,...continued

NBA Launches Environmental Data System During Green Week 2013

Posted April 4, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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Today, in conjunction with opening day of NBA Green Week 2013, the National Basketball Association is launching a league-wide online tool designed to measure their environmental impact. In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Renewable Choice Energy, this “Mosaic”...continued

NBA Teams Play Green In Celebration of Green Week 2013

Posted April 4, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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The NBA stands alone as the only major professional sports league in the world to host an annual weeklong celebration of environmental stewardship—NBA Green Week, April 4th to 12th. The league and many of its teams are embracing this opportunity...continued

Bowdoin College Growing Their Green Athletes Program with NRDC

Posted March 5, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Bowdoin College has long worked to incorporate sustainability efforts into its sports operations, including building the first hockey arena in the U.S. to be awarded LEED certification for New Construction. Now, Bowdoin’s student-athletes are championing sustainability throughout their teams and...continued

Bates Sustainable Athletes Group Hosts Sports Greening Event Featuring NRDC

Posted March 4, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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Last week, the Bates Sustainable Athletes group hosted their first sports green event. Sustainable Athletes is a newly formed student group with a mission to “bring awareness to and reduce the ecological impact of sports at Bates.”  The group was...continued

Cornell Holds Zero Landfill Game and Eco-Panel Featuring NFL Star Ovie Mughelli and NRDC

Posted February 26, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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It was a big weekend for sports greening at Cornell. The University hosted two impressive events to advance Cornell’s work in athletics sustainability. First, the University held a panel discussion featuring two-time Pro Bowl NFL player and eco athlete Ovie...continued

NBA Celebrates Greener All-Star Game At LEED Silver Certified Toyota Center

Posted February 19, 2013 by Alice Henly in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment

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This year the NBA All-Star weekend featured greener game-day practices and was hosted by the Houston Rockets at their LEED Silver certified Toyota Center. It was awesome—from the Saturday night dunk contest to the high-scoring “East vs. West” game on...continued

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