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→
Alice Henly, Resource Specialist & College Sports Greening Coordinator, 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, 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.
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 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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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