Blazers among founders of Green Sports Alliance
By Erik Siemers, Business Journal staff writer
Business Journal staff writer
The Green Sports Alliance just doubled its national footprint with inclusion of AEG as a founding partner.
In a rare collaboration, teams from six major professional sports leagues have joined forces to create a new Portland-based nonprofit group to promote environmental stewardship in pro sports.
The formation of the Green Sports Alliance — announced during an event Monday at Safeco Field in Seattle — was led by Pacific Northwest representatives from each league: the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
The Green Sports Alliance aims to help leagues, teams and stadiums use and share measurable, science-based environmental programs to reduce energy and emissions, conserve water, and promote renewable energy and alternative transportation initiatives.
It is led Portland by executive director Martin Tull, a former director of sustainable technology at Vancouver, Wash.-based software firm Formos.
“The sports industry represents a vast opportunity to make meaningful strides towards environmental responsibility and sustainability,” Tull said in a news release. “The founding members of the Green Sports Alliance have already implemented programs and policies that have significantly reduced their environmental impact and enhanced the experience for fans.”
The founding members of the alliance are working together with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Portland State University to adopt sustainability initiatives and share information on measuring their environmental impact.
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