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Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance: An Interleague Partnership to Support the Environment

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In 2010, NRDC helped to create the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), an inter-league collaboration among several professional sports teams and stadiums based in the Pacific Northwest. NRDC serves as a founding member on the GSA Board, and the group currently encompasses teams from eight major league sports. Other founding members of the GSA include MLB’s Seattle Mariners, NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, WNBA’s Seattle Storm and MLS’ Seattle Sounders Football Club.  Members of the GSA representing sporting facilities include Safeco Field (Seattle), Qwest Field and Qwest Field Event Center (Seattle), KeyArena at Seattle Center (Seattle), the Rose Garden (Portland) and Rogers Arena (Vancouver).  More than thirty professional teams have joined the GSA and the National Lacrosse League is also a GSA member.

These organizations work in close partnership with the NRDC, the U.S. EPA, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and other partners to identify and adopt innovative environmental initiatives and share information about better practices and opportunities to measure and reduce their impact on the environment.

"The commitment by more than thirty professional teams, from eight different leagues, to enhance their environmental profile in a meaningful and public way marks a watershed in the history of professional sports," said Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist for NRDC and environmental advisor for professional sports. "This type of inter-league collaboration is unprecedented. The Green Sports Alliance is showing its commitment to making real environmental progress by systematically evaluating their members’ green impacts -- just like sports stats. All professional leagues should follow their lead."

With public endorsements from the Commissioners of eight professional Leagues, and from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the foundation of the Green Sports Alliance marks the first time that teams from all eight professional sports leagues in North America have collaborated on a common agenda to reduce their impact on the environment. By publicizing the savings achieved through environmental initiatives, and sharing details of successful environmental initiatives, the group aims to provide an advanced environmental model for sports facilities and operations across the country. 

NRDC and the GSA are hosting an inaugural Green Sports Summit in August 2011, a conference designed to gather facility managers, marketing directors, and other sports leaders from around the country to discuss the importance of greening sports and to share better practices.

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