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NRDC pioneered the sports greening movement in 2004 and is a principal environmental advisor to all major North American professional sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the National Football League, and the US Tennis Association. The NRDC Sports Project partners collaboratively with these leagues, scores of professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, sponsors and organizations like the Green Sports Alliance (which NRDC co-founded) and the Stadium Managers Association. NRDC works with these organizations to help green facility operations, procurement and the sports industry's global supply chain, while educating millions of sports fans about environmental stewardship.

NRDC's work has helped the U.S. sports industry -- leagues, teams and sponsors -- shift to ecologically preferable operations, while also saving these organizations millions of dollars. NRDC helps leverage the unique cultural and market influence of sports to reach diverse stakeholders and audiences about the importance of environmental stewardship. Thanks to NRDC's free technical resources and outreach, the sports industry is helping to address the serious ecological issues we face and build more sustainable communities.

Sports Project Initiatives

Professional Sports

NRDC provides high quality greening resources and outreach tools at no cost to professional leagues or teams to help improve the ecological profile of sports operations, procurement and fan education. NRDC also advises all leagues on their championship and All-Star "Jewel events". NRDC's technical and market guidance is focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, healthy food, safer chemicals and the procurement of environmentally preferable paper products, as well as other products and services. This work has helped avoid millions of pounds of carbon emissions, conserve millions of gallons of water, and capture thousands of tons of materials for recycling. It has also saved professional sports venues millions of dollars. Read more

Collegiate Sports

NRDC provides high quality greening resources and outreach tools at no cost to collegiate athletic facility operators and event coordinators to help improve the ecological profile of their operations, procurement and student outreach. NRDC provides online technical resources and case studies to help collegiate sports teams across the nation implement greening programs while reducing operational costs and activating students, fans, and sponsors. Read more

Greening Advisor for Operations & Procurement

The NRDC Greening Advisor, which earned the U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award -- is a comprehensive and free online greening guide that helps professional and collegiate sports teams and leagues implement environmentally intelligent practices, from energy efficiency to purchasing to waste management. This valuable tool helps sports industry professionals implement greener, business savvy initiatives focused on protecting public health, promoting clean air and water, and preserving biodiversity. Read more

Greening Sports Fans

NRDC has produced Public Service Announcements promoting environmental stewardship for use in stadiums and arenas as well as on broadcast TV for Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and the US Tennis Association. These PSAs have been viewed by tens of millions of fans. NRDC also supplies all leagues with fan education "Eco-Tips." Join your favorite teams and be part of the sports greening movement by using NRDC's everyday tips to help green your lifestyle and community. Read more

Green Sports Alliance

NRDC co-founded the Green Sports Alliance, an inter-league greening collaboration among sports teams and venues that includes over 170 teams and venues from across 16 leagues. NRDC serves on the Board and as a technical advisor to the Alliance, which is an independent non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Read more

Greening Sports Videos from NRDC

Watch more Public Service Announcements from the NRDC Sports Project

Our Team

Allen Hershkowitz

Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at NRDC and Director of the NRDC Sports Project, specializing in issues related to sustainable development, supply chain management, industrial ecology, the paper industry, solid waste management and recycling. He coordinates some of the world's most prominent institutional greening initiatives with diverse institutions throughout the world of sports and entertainment.

Alice Henly

Alice Henly is a Resource Specialist at NRDC and Coordinator of the Collegiate Sports Project. Alice helps manage NRDC's sustainability initiatives with professional and collegiate sports organizations, as well as leading entertainment groups. Alice is also the principal environmental advisor to the Ivy League and is an advisor to the Green Sports Alliance and the Broadway Green Alliance.

Darby Hoover

Darby Hoover is a Senior Resource Specialist at NRDC. She specializes in issues related to the paper industry, solid waste management, and recycling, and helps manage NRDC's sustainability initiatives with sports and entertainment organizations, Darby is also a co-coordinator of NRDC's marine plastics initiative.

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