Report on the greening of sports highlights Portland Trail Blazers, Timbers
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Trail Blazer's sustainability efforts star in a new report released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The Trail Blazers team was one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance when it was launched in 2011. The source of the report, the Natural Resources Defense Council, is also part of the alliance.
More than 80 percent of the arena’s waste is diverted from landfills through the use of recycling stations and a food waste composting program. Game day event waste diversion has more than doubled from less than 40 percent in 2007.
The team is also an active participant in the Lloyd-area ecodistrict project and in April unveiled a living wall to educate fans about the ecodistrict concept.
The Portland Timbers and Jeld-Wen Field were featured in the report for their $40 million effort to overhaul and increase the efficiency of the 86-year-old stadium in Southwest Portland. The Timbers are also working on waste diversion and transportation. The team boasts some 350 bicyclists arriving to each game.
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