Last week the White House celebrated the first Green Sports Day on Oct. 6 with the White House launching a number of new actions with these partners to help green sports. Sports, professional, collegiate and even at younger peeves provide a high-visibility, important arena to showcase reasons for adopting green technologies like solar power.
To celebrate the day President Obama invited the last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins’, and other former winning teams to the White House. At the celebration Obama issued a statement about the efforts, saying: “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.”
With almost all sports originating outdoors, it’s no wonder they should be worried about the impacts of climate change. Particularly winter sports. So perhaps it’s surprise that the coldest of the US’s major sports leagues, the National Hockey League, has already taken serious action to reduce its impact on the climate. In 2014 the NHL partnered with Constellation Energy to purchase enough renewable energy credits to offset all of the carbon emission from its estimated use during a hockey season. Indeed, in a statement, President Obama said: “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.”
“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,” Obama continued.
Among other actions that the government will take to help expand clean energy among sports teams and leagues, the Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Green Sports Alliance and the National Institute of Building Sciences is convening a November workshop at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The workshop will bring together sports stadium and arena owners and operators, building professionals, and others to examine and identify the opportunities and challenges in advancing the design, construction and operation of high-performance sports facilities, the White House said.
Other entities, including the Green Sports Alliance, will increase their efforts as well. The alliance will launch Measure It! in January 2017, to increase the number of sports teams, leagues, and venues that measure and report their energy, waste, and water-reduction efforts. The alliance represents more than 400 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries.Tweet