Basketball & the Environment: The NBA "Goes Green" before Playoffs
Written By: John Shimkus
With the NBA playoffs coming up soon, fans are waiting in anticipation to see who will play whom in the 2011 race for the finals. But have you ever been curious about what your favorite basketball teams are doing to “go green”… to become a little more environmentally conscious? With NBA superstars being idolized around the world, setting a precedent for environmental awareness may help spur widespread activism in the green movement.
The NBA has taken steps to green basketball with its “NBA Green” program. The following list outlines the major steps being taken by various teams to reduce energy consumption, recycle, reduce pollution, plant trees, and more importantly, spread this mindset to the millions of fans who look up to the franchise stars.
1. As part of NBA Green Week 2011 (April 3-10), adidas will outfit all players with 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green Logo. Players will also wear NBA Green headbands and wristbands made from 45 percent organic cotton featuring the NBA Green logo during games throughout the week to raise additional environmental awareness.
Additionally, several NBA teams are encouraging fans and providing them with incentives to take public transportation to and from their respective games.
2. The Celtics are organizing a clean up day with local 8th graders throughout the city of Boston.
3. The Chicago Bulls will honor its All Star Green Team comprised of students who excel at getting others to participate in recycling and improving environmental issues at their schools on 'Go Green Night'.
SEE OTHER TOP STORIES IN THE WDM CONTENT NETWORK
Collaboration and Consensus Building for Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas
Beyond Solar Panels: Six Types of Solar Power Plants
The Remote Controlled Mine: Robotic and Virtual Mining Machinery and Equipment
Check out the latest edition of Energy Digital!
4. The Golden State Warriors and Esurance will team up with the non-profit organization 'Urban Releaf' to plant trees in West Oakland to beautify the area and combat pollutants naturally.
5. The Oklahoma City Thunder are taking part in a trash pick-up at a local Boys & Girls Club with the Mayor and City Council.
6. The Orlando Magic is partnering with NBA Toyota Project Rebound and "No Fault" on resurfacing two basketball courts using recycled tires.
7. New Orleans Hornets staff members will work with 'Save the Wetlands' to plant trees along the Gulf Coast and in the marsh areas.
8. The Dallas Mavericks are planning to give away eco-friendly grocery bags in exchange for fans bringing in their plastic bags.
9. The Portland Trail Blazers are rolling out hundreds of new recycling/compost stations at the Rose Garden to eliminate waste, collect compostable materials and keep recyclables from reaching landfills.
10. The Phoenix Suns will provide fans with energy efficient light bulbs upon exit, reusable grocery/tote bags, green wristbands, and magnets with recycling tips.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.