For Green Sports Fans

Team spirit can grow environmental awareness. This page offers tips to help green your team and shows how others are greening their favorite sports -- pass along the ideas.

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How can I help my team?

At the Stadium

Green Grilling Exit -- A tailgater's contribution to the sports greening movement.

Reduce, reuse, recycle -- learn how to help your team, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources.

On Your Way to the Game

By using EPA’s personal emissions calculator, you can estimate your greenhouse gas emissions for many daily activities.

Car free Transportation Alternatives in New England -- Tips on getting around New England on bikes, buses, boats, ride-sharing, subways and trains.

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Did you ever wonder what reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 1 million metric tons means in everyday terms? The greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator can help you understand just that, translating abstract measurements into concrete terms you can understand, such as "equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of 183,000 cars annually."

Household Carbon Footprint CalculatorYou can use this online calculator to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of your personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions (includes a section called "On the Road") and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce your emissions. 

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The largest sources of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions include passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. There are a variety of opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation.

Use Greener Products

EPA Greener Products Portal -- is designed to help the user navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products. It allows users to search for EPA programs related to greener products and answer questions about what makes a product "greener".

EPA's Design for the Environment Program -- helps consumers, businesses and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective, and are safer for the environment.

Everything you buy affects the environment -- You can conserve resources, save energy, and prevent waste by buying products that: are energy efficient; are used or reusable; are made with recycled content or are recyclable; and have no packaging or reduced packaging.

Actions You Can Take

EPA for Citizen Action -- Learn about what you can do and how to make greener choices.

What You Can Do - Climate Change. Driving a car, using electricity to light and heat your home, and throwing away garbage all lead to greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce emissions; this site provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce air pollution, and save money. Take action today! Small steps add up, if we all do our part.

Green Living -- EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint.

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How is my team going green?

NRDC “Game Changer” Report --  shows teams' and leagues' modeling techniques that we can all be doing at home and at work.

Sports Illustrated Cover Story "Going, Going Green" -- As global warming changes the planet, it is changing the sports world.

Baseball

Boston Red Sox: are committed to maintain initiatives, launched during the 2008 season, that reflect the team's commitment to exploring the use of environmentally sustainable habits and technologies.

Cleveland Indians: Since 1994, the home of the Cleveland Indians,Progressive Field has been recycling plastic, cardboard, and aluminum.

Miami Marlins: Marlins Park received 40 points toward LEED Certification, thus becoming the most sustainable stadium in Major League Baseball.

Pittsburgh Pirates: "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green" program integrates greening initiatives, sustainable business practices and educational outreach. The initiatives that are being put in place at PNC Park will have an immediate positive impact and not only make sense for the environment, but business sense as well.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals began the "4 A Greener Game Program" at Busch Stadium during the 2008 season as a two month pilot program. After tremendous success, the program now averages over 25 volunteers per game with numbers increasing year after year.

Seattle Mariners Sustainability: Since 2006, the Mariners have been leaders in sustainable ballpark operations.

Washington Nationals: Nationals Park is the nation's first major professional stadium to become LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project incorporates a variety of sustainable design elements.

Basketball

NBA Green:  The NBA is taking steps to become a more environmentally responsible organization and will continue to explore ways of improving in this area.

Things Teams Are Doing to Go Green: The NBA is taking steps to become a more environmentally responsible organization and plans to continue to explore ways of improving in this area.

Football

Philadelphia Eagles Go GreenLearn about how the Philadelphia Eagles are going green by reducing their environmental footprint, striving to conserve more, recycle more, and consume less.

Hockey

2014 NHL Sustainability Report: The purpose of the 2014 NHL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT is to address recent efforts and the challenges the NHL faces from an environmental perspective.  For a number of years now, the League and Clubs have been working together toward the common goal of greater sustainability.

NHL Green launches Hat Tricks for Trees: NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation, through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees, will donate 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins: CONSOL Energy Center is the first NHL arena to be certified LEED Gold.  From design and construction to operation, this facility has been carefully planned to have a positive impact on our league, region and everyone who spends time in it.