Recently sports teams have become more environmentally conscious, but what are some of the unique ideas they have implemented?
Last year the Minnesota Twins started a project to recycle trash by composting tens of thousands of beer cups and nacho trays. The project was an outstanding success with over 300 tonnes of trash being turned into fertile soil. Due to the success of the project, the Twins are repeating the project again this year, which got me thinking; what are other sports teams doing to become more environmentally friendly?
Our first stop is the National Hockey League (NHL), who is attempting to distance themselves from traditional forms of powering stadiums to more renewable sources. One of the dilemmas they faced was using renewable energy to keep the ice at an optimum temperature, and what better way than using the sun? Using solar panels, some stadiums in the NHL use the energy produced from the 5,505°C (9,941°F) ball of gas and plasma to cool their ice rinks to the optimal temperature of -4°C (24°F).
The next stop is Nailsworth, England, to the future stadium of the Forest Green Rovers. The Forest Green Rovers currently play their games at their New Lawn Stadium, which was the world’s first organic pitch, but are currently going one step further by building a stadium made out of wood. Although this may seem a bit old-fashioned, the wood is specially treated to avoid catching fire as well as having minimal environmental impact.
For the final innovation, we head to Brazil’s most famous city, Rio de Janeiro. The Morro da Mineira football pitch was opened by Pelè three years ago and is completely human powered. The pitch uses underground kinetic tiles to gather the energy players use as they run, and the power is then used to charge the pitches flood lights. Not only does this provide a renewable source of energy for people playing there, but it also encourages the high work rate and energetic playing style that Brazilians are famous for.
New, environmentally friendly stadiums are being built and designs constantly, and the above examples prove that when it comes to renewable energy, some ideas are crazy enough to work.
University Student studying International Business at Richmond, The American International University in London and Intern at WePlay Digital Sports Agency.