Green Sports Alliance & USGBC team up to advance sports greening | U.S. Green Building Council
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USGBC's Rachel Gutter joins Beth Heider, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Martin Tull of the Green Sports Alliance

In the early summer of this year, the Green Sports Alliance officially teamed up with the U.S. Green Building Council in an effort to advance the development and promotion of green building initiatives in professional and collegiate sports. The partnership with USGBC allows the Alliance to continue its undertaking to accelerate the green sports movement – co-developing valuable resources for member teams, venues and leagues, and connecting with them around engagement opportunities including the LEED green building rating system and Green Apple Day of Service. Each organization is committed to featuring the work of the other and increasing mutually beneficial engagement opportunities.

The Alliance highlights USGBC initiatives at professional and collegiate sports venues through member resources including webinars, toolkits, best practice sharing and social media events like the #GreenSports Twitter Chat. Alliance partners also help spread the word through reports such as the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Game Changer Report,

Last August, Alliance members the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders and Storm collaborated to build momentum towards the inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, expanding a garden at a Seattle-area school. The Green Sports Alliance Green Apple Day of Service project was the first such collaboration of its kind in the sports industry and an inspirational kick-off for the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service.

Building on this energy, USGBC and the Green Sports Alliance joined forces to release the Green Apple Toolkit for sports teams, venues and leagues. The toolkit is focused on advancing green schools through sports and encourages sports organizations to engage their communities in environmental stewardship by supporting Green Apple through a local project or promotion. The partnership provides a national platform to increase the impact and visibility of the team and venue initiatives. The Green Apple Toolkit includes an overview of the Green Apple initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the USGBC, six project and promotion ideas to get teams and venues involved, and contacts to help them every step of the way. Collaborative 2013 Green Apple Day of Service projects are currently being planned by sports teams in markets such as San Francisco, Kansas City, Seattle and Philadelphia, host of the 2013 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in November, where the Alliance will have a presence in the Center for Green Schools booth.

To continue engaging the sports industry around its programs, USGBC will be joining the Green Sports Alliance at the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit in NYC, August 26-28.

The Green Sports Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with the USGBC and local chapters to help advance the sports greening movement through green building initiatives.

To learn more about USGBC's efforts with sports arenas becoming LEED certified, visit the GBIG site to see a collection of professional sports venues, explore individual projects, find the most recent certifications or see a map of projects.

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