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.
A Natural Resources Defense Council report making the case that the sports industry is saving the environment highlights the efforts made by the Portland Trail Blazers and the management of their home at the Rose Garden Arena to enmesh sustainability throughout the organization.
Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers, is also highlighted in the report for its LEED-Silver certification. Jeld-Wen is the oldest stadium to become LEED-certified.
The report, "Game Changer," was released Wednesday, the first day of the Portland-based Green Sports Alliance's Green Sports Summit, held this year in Seattle.
The Trail Blazers star in one of 20 detailed case studies presented in the report.
In 2010, the Blazers' Rose Garden Arena became the first professional sports arena in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification. Over time, the arena has implemented a series of green upgrades including low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, solar panels and electric vehicle chargers.
The Rose Garden also boasts one of the highest transit ridership figures in the country with more than 30 percent of game attendees using transit or arriving on bike. Still, guest commuting makes up the biggest chunk — 58 percent — of the team's carbon footprint, according to the report.
"Being in what is recognized as one of the most sustainable cities on the planet, the Portland Trail Blazers are proud to play a role in Portland’s environmental leadership," said Justin Zeulner, director of sustainability and planning for the team, in a press release. "Ideally, we are playing a role to best represent the core values of our city and surrounding communities."
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