Sporting a greener shade
The color green has always been synonymous with sports of all varieties. The freshly cut crass of a well-manicured outfield… or end zone or the more trampled kind heading into the final rounds of Wimbledon.
Now, thanks to the efforts of the Natural Resources Defense Council, sports at the highest levels across the country are donning a deeper shade of green than they ever have before -- and are leaving quite the impressions on their surrounding communities as a result.
“It’s the overall transformation of a cultural center and that’s what is so powerful in the sports movement. There are few sectors like sports that are as culturally and economically influential,” said Alice Henly, who serves as the coordinator of collegiate sports greening at the NRDC. “And when we can take those cultural icons, like our sports stadiums and arenas and transform them with green building measures, with onsite renewable energy, with more efficient operations, they can be a cultural guide and model for the marketplace. We are seeing this happen across the country.”