Smarter Business: Greening the Games

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Green Tips

For many years NRDC has provided hundreds of green tips to professional sports teams across the country. Here’s the latest list of tips that professional leagues are distributing to their fans nationwide, encouraging them to save energy, save money and benefit the environment:

Save Energy on the Road

  • Keep your car in good condition - Get your engine tuned up regularly, change the oil, and keep your tires inflated properly. A tune-up could boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4 to 40 percent; a new air filter could get you 10 percent more miles per gallon. When replacing your wheels, opt for the new fuel-efficient tires. Due to new materials in these tires, they use less energy when rolling along the road but maintain excellent wear and traction characteristics. Major tire makers including Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone all offer fuel-efficient models.
  • Commute smarter - Share a ride to work, telecommute or use public transit. If your daily commute is just 10 miles each way (the national average) and you normally drive a 20-mpg vehicle, you would save 236 gallons of gas each year by opting to carpool, telecommute or use transit. If each commuter car carried just one more passenger once a week, we would cut America's gasoline consumption by about 7.7 million gallons. To learn how you can commute smarter and calculate the benefits of alternative transportation check out NRDC’s CO2 Smackdown.
  • Drive smarter (known as hypermiling) – Drive more smoothly, avoid heavy breaking or accelerating and coast to a stop in order to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and save on gas by maximizing miles per gallon. Avoid idling by shutting off the engine for prolonged waits (for the kids at school or at a train crossing). Remove roof racks whenever possible as they can create significant drag. When carrying clamshell storage containers, bikes or other burdens, you reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 5 percent, so take them off the car roof when not needed. Learn more about getting better mileage.
  • Slow down - Ease up on the pedal. Slowing down from 75 to 65 miles per hour will drop your highway gasoline consumption by about 15 percent. That's money in your pocket.
  • Use good motor oil- Choose fuel-efficient motor oil marked with an "Energy Conserving" label by the American Petroleum Institute. Motor oils with additives that reduce friction can increase a vehicle's fuel economy by 3 percent or more.
  • Leave the car at home - When possible, choose alternatives to driving (public transit, biking, walking, carpooling), and bundle your errands together so you'll make fewer trips. Find out if you live in a smart region for transportation in NRDC’s Smarter Cities nationwide transportation study.
  • Encourage streets for bikes and pedestrians - Encourage officials in your community to increase features such as bike lanes and pedestrian malls, and push for traffic-calming techniques like speed bumps, raised crosswalks and extended and widened sidewalks. The more pedestrian- and bike-friendly an area is, the more people will walk and ride and the less they'll drive. This means less congestion, less energy consumption, and less air pollution. Learn about America’s best regions for transportation in NRDC’s Smarter Cities nationwide transportation study and find out how to improve your neighborhood’s transportation options.

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