Game Changer: How the Sports Industry Is Saving the Environment

The professional sports industry includes some of the world's most iconic, inspirational and influential organizations. In a cultural shift of historic proportions, the sports industry is now using its influence to advance ecological stewardship. North America's professional leagues, teams and venues have collectively saved millions of dollars by shifting to more efficient, healthy and ecologically intelligent operations.

At the same time, the sports greening movement has brought important environmental messages to millions of fans worldwide. Sport is a great unifier, transcending political, cultural, religious and socioeconomic barriers. It also wields a uniquely powerful influence, both cultural and economic, that provides much-needed leadership in sustainable practices and, in so doing, promotes a nonpolitical public commitment to environmental protection.

This report provides a collection of never-before-assembled case studies of the sports industry's most prominent and successful greening initiatives from across North America. In compiling this information, our goal is to celebrate the sports industry's growing embrace of environmental stewardship as more and more sports leagues, teams and venues invest in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, renewable energy, safer chemicals and fan engagement focused on remedying some of our most pressing environmental problems.


Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment - Report (PDF) Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment - Executive Summary (PDF) Air Canada Centre, Home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors - Case Study (PDF) Bell Centre, Home of the Montreal Canadiens - Case Study (PDF) Busch Stadium, Home of the St. Louis Cardinals - Case Study (PDF) CenturyLink Field, Home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC - Case Study (PDF) Lincoln Financial Field, Home of the Philadelphia Eagles - Case Study (PDF) AT&T Park, Home of the San Francisco Giants - Case Study (PDF) Philips Arena, Home of the Atlanta Hawks - Case Study (PDF) AmericanAirlines Arena, Home of the Miami Heat - Case Study (PDF) Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians - Case Study (PDF) Major League Baseball All-Star Game - Case Study (PDF) Amway Center, Home of the Orlando Magic - Case Study (PDF) Safeco Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners - Case Study (PDF) National Basketball Association All-Star Game and Green Week - Case Study (PDF) National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four - Case Study (PDF) National Hockey League All-Star Game, The Winter Classic and The NHL Draft - Case Study (PDF) Toyota Center, Home of the Houston Rockets - Case Study (PDF) STAPLES Center, Home of the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles KINGS, and Los Angeles Sparks - Case Study (PDF) Rose Garden Arena, Home of the Portland Trail Blazers - Case Study (PDF) Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins - Case Study (PDF) United States Tennis Association US Open Tennis Championship - Case Study (PDF)