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→
Alice Henly, Research Fellow, New York
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, meat pies, strict school uniforms and rowing.
I came back to the U.S. to go to Yale University where I 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 returned 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-friendly business choices. I help enhance the environmental profile of America’s most iconic sports and entertainment groups by addressing the ecological impacts of their operations and supply chains. Whether it’s at the collegiate or professional level, wherever efficiency, sustainability and sports overlap, I’m there.
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→
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 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→
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→
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→
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→
Last week the University of Pennsylvania held a kickoff event for their newly formed Athletics Eco-Reps team in collaboration with Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The celebration was a big success, with...continued→
Today the Green Sports Alliance announced that their third annual Summit will be held in New York City, from August 26th to 28th 2013. It may be tough to top the epic launch of the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership...continued→
Dressed to match their team’s finest, grillers across the country sear and flip their way through millions of burgers, hotdogs, cuts of chicken, and fish fillets at sports tailgates every year. While grilling will remain the heart of the best...continued→
“Environmental stewardship resonates with all of us who love baseball and seeing it played on green grass and under blue skies. As we strive to fulfill our social responsibilities, the national pastime will continue to protect our natural resources for...continued→
The 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals are accustomed to winning. With a total of 11 World Series titles under their belt—second only to the Yankees—it’s no surprise that they set the bar high for all aspects of their game,...continued→
Yesterday was a historic day for the Ivy League, in more ways than one. The League launched the inaugural Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship with a very successful regatta full of intense racing. The hard-fought competition peaked with a breathtaking...continued→
Over the past few years sports greening has taken the U.S. by storm. All major professional leagues have joined forces with NRDC to make commitments to environmental stewardship, and have already achieved impressive environmental accomplishments to boot. But this...continued→
Remember how Major League Soccer (MLS) made a commitment to install solar panels at a local school in the city of the MLS Cup champion? And then the LA Galaxy won. Well, today MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative,...continued→
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