August 5, 2013
How Sports Can Go Green
Athletes are still as popular as entertainment celebrities. What this means exactly is that sport teams have the ability to sway public thinking as well as influence a whole new generation in a positive way. Instead of inspiring young athletes to drink Gatorade or shop at Nike, athletes can inspire the next generation to be better Earth stewards. By this, I mean athletic celebrities can voice their opinions on the importance of recycling, ecological wellbeing and how to shop for green goods. In this light, this would produce an immensely positive effect for the green movement.
The Influence That Athletes Have On Green Thought And Technology
The real challenge comes down to money. Major corporations support athletes in order to sponsor specific products. For instance, athletes represent Reebok, Nike, Gatorade, Powerade and other companies that are linked to sport teams. However, if athletes begin to bring attention to the powerful world of green technology and thought, then we will see a drastic overturn in political policy. In this light, the more people that are inspired, concerned and active within the green movement, the better this will be for changing public policy.
July 12, 2013
On the heels of our last post, we stumbled across this brilliant infographic from www.texaselectricityproviders.com
. It essentially draws inspiration from some of the stadiums we referenced June 4, to create the ultimate green stadium. It doesn't take a fortune teller to see that green is the way to go. This new path doesn't necessarily mean we have to sacrifice the luxuries to which we've grown accustomed – in this case, stadium sports and other events.
Stadiums leave a huge carbon footprint from the land they consume to the waste they produce. Cleaning them up could actually save stadium owners money as well as reduce the environmental strain stadiums cause. From designing stadiums from recycled materials and with green goals in mind to siting stadiums within walking distance of public transportation, there are lots of ways to build a greener stadium. Check out the infographic to learn more!
June 4, 2013
All across the country, people are starting to implement eco-friendly ideas to save energy and help the environment. American football arenas have even begun to follow the popular trend of living eco-friendly. Here are some of the American football areas that use green technology on their premises.
TCF Bank Stadium
The University of Minnesota's football stadium definitely qualifies as an eco-friendly football stadium. Instead of using a new material, TCF Bank Stadium was engineered by using 97 percent recycled steel. The stadium will also eventually use a light transit system to connect with other local sites.Additional information can be found at http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/56270/closer-look-tcf-bank-stadium-agreement
Lincoln Financial Field
In the future, the Philadelphia Eagle's football stadium will derive all of its power from the use of solar panels and wind turbines. All of the power will be developed right within the grounds of the stadium. The further promote an eco-friendly environment; all of the tickets and programs will be made of recycled paper.
Not only are the New England Patriots winning on the field, but they also have one of the greenest football stadiums in the country. The stadium recycles the water that is used to promote efficiency. The stadium also uses one of the biggest solar panel systems in the NFL.
June 2, 2013
How Soccer Supports Green Energy Initiatives With Every Game
The Benefits of Going Green On The Soccer Field
Soccer is leading the world of sports on issues concerning ecological awareness. Many players have been taking a stance against global warming and climate change. In addition, there have been a number of ecological fundraisers to help bring awareness and raise money for environmental causes. More than ever before, professional soccer players are leading the way towards forward-thinking and eco-friendly initiatives at a drastic rate. Moreover, many professional soccer teams around the world are playing with ecologically sustainable uniforms and playing gear.
How Soccer Is Leading The World of Sports With Ecological Initiative
Have you heard of MLS Greener Goals? MLS Greener Goals is an ecologically minded agency that is actively raising awareness about reducing the world's global footprint through soccer. Further, it is one of the leading figures in the green movement that brings environmental concerns to the forefront of the MLS. The way MLS Green Goals works is by helping soccer fans and patrons learn more about environmental stewardship through actively engaging in soccer. In other words, MLS Green Goals is using the immense following of soccer in order to spread more information about ways players and fans can reduce their energy consumption and waste.
May 31, 2013
These days, it seems as if everyone is trying to get on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Quite a few sports arenas are even using green energy to supply their power. Here are some notable basketball stadiums that can be labeled as being eco-friendly.
Frank Erwin Center
The University of Texas's basketball stadium has definitely reaped the benefits of being eco-friendly. Not only is the stadium helping the environment, but it has also been able to slash its energy bill. The most influential aspect of the stadium is its use of an electronic metering system. This has enabled the Frank Erwin Center to decrease its use of unnecessary items such as idle computers and needless lights. University officials have also implemented a better plan to handle the heating and cooling needs of the stadium.
The Atlanta Hawk's basketball stadium is making a big splash with its purchase of green energy. Phillips Area will be able to use green energy to supply power for all of the team's 41 home games. Hopefully more stadiums will follow the great example set forth by the Hawk's organization. Georgia Power's special green energy program is both innovative and efficient.
May 27, 2013
Sports stadiums take up a tremendous amount of energy. The lights used to illuminate the playing surfaces along with the large screens and scoreboards could power a small town. However, some sports organizations around the world are trying to use more sustainable energy sources to power their stadiums.
One of the teams most committed to sustainable energy production is the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have installed solar panels and wind turbines around Lincoln Financial Field. Currently, the field uses nearly 11,000 solar panels and over a dozen wind turbines.
The teams that play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles are also committed to using sustainable sources of energy. The Staples Center has installed a number of solar panels on the roof of the building in order to reduce its carbon footprint.
The World Cup is scheduled to be held in Brazil in 2014. Brazil is going to utilize solar energy at all twelve of the stadiums used in the tournament. The new Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia will be certified LEED Platinum. This will be the highest rating for any soccer field in the world.
In England, Manchester City has proposed using a large wind turbine to generate energy at its stadium. This project is still in the planning stages.
May 25, 2013
There is nothing more important in the world right now than saving energy consumption through green energy initiatives. While everyone in the world should consider switching to some sort of green energy, there is no one that needs to make the move more than sports teams.
The amount of energy sports teams are using is far too much to not take notice. It takes a drastic amount of energy to power sports stadiums for just one game, but there are millions of sporting events being held throughout the world every year. When you add in the amount of gasoline used to fly the team to their road games, then it gets even worse.
The biggest drawback to green energy is that it is expensive, but sports teams can easily afford to switch to green energy. They have all the means necessary to switch to any green energy alternative they choose. While it would probably be impossible for a sports team to entirely switch over to green energy, any potential energy they can save is well worth the cost.
There are already several sports teams that have jumped on the green energy bandwagon, but there are still far too many people ignoring our energy consumption problems in this world.