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If you are anything like us, you have been watching the London 2012 Summer Olympics non stop. Now with the closing ceremony quickly approaching this coming Sunday, we are eager to see the results of the games carbon footprint.
Starting at the beginning of the games, the London Olympics are the first summer games to keep track of their carbon footprint throughout the duration of the games. With this information, future games will be able to focus on the most problematic areas harmful to the environment.
Along with this London has made huge efforts in becoming the greenest Olympics yet. From sustainable transportation with the Olympics Active Travel program and 240 electric and hybrid cars supplied by BMW to compostable/recyclable products and packaging. Creating the rule that all scrap of food and beverage packaging must meet this requirement, Olympic sponsors like Coca-Cola have been highlighting their eco initiatives like PlantBottle.
Thinking beyond the games, Olympic Stadium is the most sustainable ever built. The stadium is also the most lightweight with the roofing constructed from unwanted gas pipelines from a North Sea oil project as well as 40% of the structure’s concrete made of recycled material. The Velodome hosting track and field, was completed last year in 2011 with natural cooling, sunlight reflection to keep cool and has a roof that collects rainwater to be stored for later use.
London currently stands as the most eco-friendly Olympic games yet and has helped pave the way for future games to become even greener. We can’t wait to see what Rio de Janeiro does for the 2016 summer games. We know we’ll be watching.
Thank you to one of our readers, Tim McCarthy, for sending this exciting eco-friendly invention our way. Energy is one of our most important resources and yet 1 in 5 people in the world do not have access to energy. Soccer (or football depending on where you are from) is arguably the most popular sport worldwide and yet not all children have access to a decent soccer ball. Uncharted Play, an organization founded by four undergrad Harvard students, has found an answer to both. After a few years in development, they have come out with the Soccket. It is a soccer ball that generates energy when it is played with.
For the children in third world countries who don’t have a decent soccer ball to play with during the day, and a decent light at home to read with at night, the Soccket is the answer to their problem.
The ball is made of completely recyclable materials and provides clean and off the grid energy. The ball can easily provide enough power to equal four AA batteries, or another way to think of it is 30 minutes of play will provide three hours of light using the light that connects into the ball. The ball isn’t just for wired for lights, you can power anything that can be powered by a headphone jack like a phone charger or speaker or fan. The company is working on implementing a USB plug and also expanding to other sports gear such as basketballs or baseballs. It’s an exciting concept, as it means that there is hope to be able to generate energy from anything that moves.
Want a Soccket? They aren’t quite available in retail stores just yet but will hopefully be available by the holidays. For now, you can donate a Soccket to someone in a third world country via Uncharted Play’s website.
Today is a big day for baseball fans across the country as opening day for the 2012 season begins. To kick off the season the Cleveland Indians installed a revolutionary new wind turbine atop their stadium, Progressive Field, last week just in time for the opening game today against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The wind turbine has a corkscrew design rather than the traditional wind mill and was designed by a college professor from Cleveland State University. The design is revolutionary, as it was designed to optimize capturing wind power in small urban spaces, a space it traditionally would not have been able to.
The Cleveland Indians organization is a leader in the green movement, as they are the first Major League Team to install a wind turbine in their stadium. They also were the first stadium to install solar panels back in 2007. Another interesting feature is you can track how much solar power they obtain through this website.
To help spread awareness to the fans the Cleveland Indians has implemented the campaign “Our tribe is Green”. Every vendor in the stadium has biodegradable retail bags. The silverware and cups at the concessions can be composted after use. The cleaning products used throughout the stadium are Green Seal certified. The paper hand towels, toilet tissue, and facial tissue used in the ballpark is also 100% recycled along with recycle station for trash.
The Cleveland Indians are truly green leaders in professional sports. Good luck today against the Blue Jays!
Photo Courtesy of Corbin-Hillman Communications
The Florida Marlins are creating a lot of waves with their new stadium and the addition of two 20 foot aquariums that are being installed directly behind home plate. The beauty of the aquarium is not something anyone can deny, but the welfare of these creatures is causing debate.
PETA, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, and many other organizations are questioning whether the impact of a wild pitch or the rumbles from thousands of fans has been seriously considered by the owners. Numerous pitch tests and shocks have been installed to protect and lessen impact to the fish, but there is no doubt this unnatural environment will create an unhealthy, stressful, and most likely a short life span for the marine life inside.
What are your thoughts?
Big congrats go out to the new Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants!
The city is already currently underway in planning the celebratory parade for this coming Tuesday, which includes going green.
All buildings lining New York’s famous Canyon of Heroes will be supplied with shredded recycled packing materials.
Now that’s a true celebration!
Photo courtesy of: Fox News
Gearing up for Super Bowl weekend? Remember to think green as you are gathering your supplies. Avoid plastic bags, and please please please avoid anything styrofoam. As for the city of Indianapolis, and the thousands of people descending on the city this weekend… have no worries. The NFL has a large green initiative that helps host cities with waste management during the largest entertainment event of the year. And who knew??? The NFL partners with local green organizations in host cities to plant trees in and around the area. This year the NFL teamed with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to plant 2012 trees to celebrate 2012. In actuality, they exceeded the goal and planted 3000 trees!
Last year, over 111 million people tuned in for the Super Bowl, and this year is expected to be higher. Imagine if each person that watched the Super Bowl were to plant a tree. It has been said that planting 900 trees will offset the annual fossil fuel usage of one US citizen. That means that if everyone watching planted a tree, they would offset the energy waste of 123,333 people. Remember, it only takes one.