This is a bit of semi-recent news, but still a big development: 2 sports teams – one NFL, one NBA – are making efforts in becoming carbon neutral. First, the New Jersey Nets are aiming to be the first carbon-neutral NBA team:
The New Jersey Nets have tipped off a new sustainability program with the goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral team in the NBA.
The CarbonNeutral Company is completing the overall CO2 emissions assessment for the Nets front office and Nets team flights for all away games.
Proposed green efforts include increasing energy and water efficiency, boosting recycling rates, improving indoor environmental quality, and establishing green procurement policies for paper and cleaning supplies.
Specific goals will be unveiled in conjunction with six planned “Green Nights” games, at which the Nets will make announcements offering tips on waste reduction.
Secondly, did you know that the 2007 Thanksgiving Day game between the The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers was the first 100% carbon neutral NFL game? Well, neither did I.
Ford Field’s carbon neutral event will offset 1,866,000 pounds of
GHG/CO2 emissions in one day, including:
– Removing CO2 emissions from 28,260 cars for one-day travel to the event
– Removing CO2 emissions from one 747 jet of fans for the one-day event
– Removing CO2 emissions from 255,675 KWh of electricity usage from the
Ford Field event
– Reducing a total of 933/tons of GHG, CO2 emissions for the one-day
Carbon Neutral Journal has a great writeup on both of these.
Again, awareness of such possibilities is key for adoption. Sports franchises are businesses, and good businesses understand cost benefits in addition to positive promotion.
That said, sports teams aren’t often the most progressive. Neither are they (usually) the center of open-minded ideas. And I say this as a huge baseball fan.
We’d love to see more of these. Again, grassroots moves like emailing team officials, marketing departments and venue offices would be a great way to start. I plan on emailing a contact with my favorite team to propose hosting a carbon neutral event.