Athletes have long been important role models for kids and adults alike, and now it seems that the rest of the “team” is catching on, at least in the area of environmental responsibility. Professional sports teams across the country are making some drastic changes to go green and reduce their footprint on the environment. Here are a few notable examples.
LEEDS Certifications at NBA Arenas
Over half a dozen professional basketball arenas, including Phillips arena in Atlanta and American Airlines arena in Miami, have received LEEDS certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council. Many arenas are now also installing solar panels.
The Washington Nationals
Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, has really set the bar for major league baseball teams and green efforts. The stadium has new plumbing that helps save 3.6 million gallons of water per year. They also employ emerging conserving field lights, which use 21% less energy than traditional stadium lights. To top it off, 10% of the stadium’s construction comes from recycled material.
The Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field has made some tremendous green strides in the last 10 years. Since 2006 the stadium has revamped its natural gas systems and reduced usage by 40%. Electricity and water conservation has also been put into place, and usage for both utilities is down 25%. In total, Safeco Field has saved almost $2 Million since beginning their conservation efforts.
Marlins Park, home–of course–to the Miami Marlins, is a hot place to play in the summer time, and the stadium has always been a heavy water user. However, the stadium has taken some pretty drastic measures that have resulted in equally drastic results. New plumbing and usage plans have netted a 52% reduction in water usage. New landscaping means that 60% less water is used for irrigation purposes.
With the success these teams have had in the eyes of conservationists, not to mention the financial saving associated with changes, you can bet that professional sports teams across the country will start moving and shaking when it comes to going green.