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Green Sports Success Stories

Find out what stadiums, teams and colleges are doing to green sports. Clicking on a topic in the top row will bring related articles to the top of the list of titles.
EPA Success Stories
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Title Stadiums, Venues, Events Professional Leagues Collegiate Type of Sport
11 Sports Teams and Leagues That Have Gone Green [Blog entry]. January 27, 2015. * * n General
Once Upon a Time NASCAR Went Green With Al Gore and the EPA [Blog entry]. September 13, 2013. * * n Motorsport
Greening Sports to Combat Climate Change [Blog entry]. August 26, 2013. * * n General
New York Mets - Citi Field Environmental Assessment: MOU Annual Report (PDF) (7 pp, 347 K, About PDF) [Case study]. August 28, 2015. * * n Baseball
MetLife Stadium (formerly New Meadowlands Stadium) Environmental Assessment: MOU Annual Report [Case study]. March 20, 2013. * * n Football
NHL Green launches Hat Tricks for Trees [Press release]. January 22, 2013. n * n Hockey
Three Boston-area Businesses Honored for Food Waste Recycling Efforts on America Recycles Day [Press Release]. November 15, 2012. * n n General
Sports and a Sustainable Future [Blog entry]. It's Our Environment. September 7, 2012. * * n General
The Greening of America's Favorite Pastime [Blog entry]. Greening the Apple. August 22, 2012. * n n Baseball
NASCAR and EPA Partner on Green Initiatives [Press Release]. May 21, 2012. n * n Motorsport
Inspired by The NFL: It's Our Environment [Blog entry]. April 15, 2012. n * n Football
Brandon's Blog: A Sustainable Future [Blog entry]. March 6, 2012. n n * General
Sustainability Report 2011 Women's Final Four Basketball Tournament [Case study]. 2012. * n n Basketball
EPA Celebrates Successful Food Recycling Efforts by National Hockey League's Boston Bruins and N.J. Devils  [Press Release]. November 15, 2011. n * n Hockey
The field isn't the only thing green at the Nationals' Stadium [Blog entry]. Healthy Waters for EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region. November 11, 2011. * * n Baseball
The Keystone State’s Sustainable Sports [Blog entry]. Healthy Waters for EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region. March 17, 2011. n * n Football
Nation's first LEED Platinum designation for collegiate stadium goes to UNT's Apogee Stadium [Press release]. October 20, 2011. n n * General
Sustainability Report 2010 Men's Final Four Basketball Tournament [Case study]. 2011. n n * Basketball
State College, Pennsylvania: Beaver Stadium [Case study]. November 2009. n n * General
Whitmoyer Laboratories: Jackson Township, PA Soccer Fields from Superfund Sites (PDF) (1 pg, 128 K, About PDF). September 2009. * n n Soccer
EPA, New York Giants and New York Jets Team Up to Make New Meadowlands Stadium a Beacon of “Green” [Press Release]. June 1, 2012. * n n Football
Colorado's marquee sports and entertainment facilities join EPA "Greener Venues" partnership [Press Release].  March 19, 2009. * * n General
Take Me Out to the "Green" Ballpark: Greenversations [Blog entry]. April 22, 2008.  * * n Baseball
A Greener Green [Case study]. * n n Golf
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Other Success Stories
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Title Stadiums, Venues, Events Professional Leagues Collegiate Type of Sport
NASCAR Green – An Industry Effort. Examples of what NASCAR teams, drivers and tracks are doing to be as environmentally responsible as possible. January 26, 2017. * n n Motorsport
How Sports Stadiums are Changing the Waste Game. PPRC Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice, delivered a TEDx talk on how sports stadiums are leading the way toward Zero Waste. December 7, 2016. * n n General
Bring in the fans – reflections from the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit [Article]. July 12, 2016. *      
Tackling Climate Through Sports [Whitehouse Announcement]. July 11, 2016. * * * General
Green movement must tap into power of athletes [Article]. July 11, 2016. n * n General
The Highest-Tech Stadium in Sports Is Pretty Much a Giant Tesla [Article]. June 16, 2016. *     Basketball
"Green" survey results [Article]. June 6, 2016. *      
NHL, prospects join Sabres alumni to improve Buffalo. [Press Release]. June 3, 2016. n * n Hockey
GreenDrop Recycling Stations Join the Pittsburgh Pirates in their "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green." Campaign [Press Release]. June 1, 2016 * n n Baseball
Baltimore Ravens, Constellation “flip the switch” on solar power facility at team’s HQ [Article]. May 27, 2016 * n n Football
Padres earn kudos for sustainability upgrades at Petco Park [Article]. May 17, 2016 * n n Football
Virtue Field House Receives LEED Gold Certification [Article]. May 11, 2016 n n * General
Taking Green Action On The Mountain [Article]. April 27, 2016 * n n Skiing
The Greening Of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game [Article]. April 23, 2016 n * n Baseball
Surrounded by green, Pocono Raceway utilizing the sun to power the racetrack [Article]. April 19, 2016 * n n Motorsport
EPA administrator 'incredibly proud' of NHL Green [Article]. March 16, 2016 n * n Hockey
Greening the Playing Fields [Article]. March 14, 2016 * * n Baseball
Duke Football Goes Zero Waste [Article]. December 8, 2015. * n * Football
Ben Gordon, Magic Help Celebrate NBA Green Week 2015 [Article]. March 23, 2015. n * n Basketball
Super Bowl Helping Arizona Stay Green (PDF) (3 pp, 165 K, About PDF) Exit [Press Release]. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 * * n Football
NBA Green - Things Teams Are Doing to "Go Green" [Web page]. 2015. n * n Basketball
The Green Sports Blog Interview: Neill Duffy, Sustainability Advisor, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee [Blog entry]. December 19, 2014 * * n Football
Waste Management Phoenix Open 2014 Sustainability Report (PDF) (59 pp, 3.1M) [Report]. December 2014 * * n Golf
Meet Justin Zeulner and the group making sports sustainable [Article]. December 19, 2014 * * * General
Can sports make sustainability mainstream? [Article]. November 7, 2014 * * n General
How collegiate sports can score with sustainability [Article]. June 30, 2014 * n * General
What NASCAR Nation thinks about 'green' [Article]. May 19, 2014. * n n Motorsport
2014 NHL Sustainability Report [Report]. 2014. * * n Hockey
The Canuck's Greening Story: Motivations, Challenges and Lessons from the Field (PDF)(4 pp, 230 K, About PDF)
 [Case Study]. November 2013
* * n Hockey
London's 2012 legacy lives on [Press release]. July 31, 2013. * n n General
Philly sports aim to hit waste out of the park [Article]. July 9, 2013. * n n General
NASCAR charged up about latest addition to green partner roster [Article]. July 1, 2013. n * n Motorsport
NASCAR has completed nearly 4 million miles of racing on 15% American Ethanol [Infographic]. July 2013. * * n Motorsport
2013 NCAA® Men’s Final Four Sustainability Impact Report: The Road to Atlanta is Paved Green (PDF) (27 pp, 8.3 M, About PDF) [Report]. May 2013. * n * Basketball
Philadelphia Eagles Continue to Lead the Way in Energy Efficiency [Article]. April 23, 2013. * * n Football
Pocono Raceway: Go Green, It's Not that Tricky [Press release]. April 7, 2013. * n n Motorsport
Sporting a greener shade. Brooklyn's Barclays Center [Article]. March 7, 2013. * n n General
‘Greenest’ Super Bowl Offsets 3.8m Pounds CO2 [Article]. February 6, 2013. * n n Football
5 Reasons Super Bowl XLVII Will Be The Greenest Yet [Article]. January 27, 2013 * n n Football
Seattle Mariners Sustainability [Web page]. 2013. * * n Baseball
Olympism in Action - Sport and Environment [Web page]. 2013. * n n General
National Ski Areas Association - The Environment [Web page]. 2013. * n n Skiing
For a Greener Game -- St. Louis Cardinals. [Web page]. 2013. n * n Baseball
Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green [Web page]. The Philadelphia Pirates. 2013. n * n Baseball
Philadelphia Eagles Go Green! [Web page]. 2013. * * n Football
Sustainable Stadium - MetLife Stadium [Web page]. 2013. * n n Football
NRDC Game Changer Report: How the Sports Industry Is Saving the Environment [Report]. September 2012. * * * General
Philips Arena, Home of the Atlanta Hawks [Case study]. September 2012. * * n Basketball
Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians [Case study]. September 2012. * * n Baseball
NFL Green News [Web page]. July 26, 2012.  n * n Football
One Team, One Campus, One Planet: Connecting Athletics and Sustainability [Blog entry]. June 11, 2012. n n * General
U.S. Open -- Green Initiatives [Web page]. 2012. * n n Tennis
Sustainable Slopes: Environmental Charter for Ski Areas. Reports on results are issued annually. [Case study]. 2012. * n n Skiing
American Airlines Arena Awarded Prestigious Leed® Green Building Certification [Web page]. 2012. * n n Basketball
NHL Green Winner of Sport for the Environment Award [Press Release]. December 8, 2011. * * n Hockey
Yingli Green Energy Becomes the First Official Renewable Energy Partner of U.S. Soccer [Press Release]. Aug. 10, 2011. n * n Soccer
NASCAR Expands Tree Planting Program [Press release]. July 2, 2011.  n * n Motorsport
NHL Tries to Give Back the Water [Blog entry]. Green: A Blog About Energy and the Environment, New York Times. June 22, 2011. * * n Hockey
Greening the NHL Playoffs [Blog entry]. SustainableWritings. April 25, 2011. * * n Hockey
Amway Center - LEED Gold Certification [Web page]. April 7, 2011 * n n General
Red Sox - Fenway Greening [Web page]. 2011. * * n Baseball
Sustainability in athletics began at Middlebury with a 2005 student classroom project [Web page]. August 25, 2010. n n * General
Packers Green Team Announces 'First Downs For Trees' [Press Release]. June 30, 2010. n * n Football
Spectrum Center making changes [Web page]. 2019. * n n General
Mariners going green for Earth Day - Seattle to play host to first carbon-neutral game Tuesday [Press release]. April 18, 2008. * * n Baseball
Baseball makes pitch to go green - MLB, NRDC team up to create Team Greening Program [Web page]. March 11, 2008. * * n Baseball
Sustainable Soccer: How Green Projects at International Sporting Events Benefit the Fans, the Global Climate, and Local Populations (PDF) [Article]. James Mitchell in Sustainable Development Law & Policy. Winter 2007. * * n Soccer
New Soccer Stadium Sets Goals in Sustainable Waste Management [Article]. BioCycle. February 2005, Vol. 46, No. 2, p. 58. * n n Soccer
Greening Your Ski Area -- Pollution Prevention Handbook [Case study]. January 2002. * n n Skiing
Indian Wells, California: Indian Wells Tennis Center (PDF). (13 pp, 100 K, About PDF). Explanation of Indian Wells Tennis Center recycling program. 2001. * n n Tennis
How Sports Stadiums are Changing the Waste Game.  PPRC Executive Director, Paula Del Giudice, delivered a TEDx talk on how sports stadiums are leading the way toward Zero Waste. December 7, 2016.   * n n General