The NBA is taking steps to become a more environmentally responsible organization and will continue to explore ways of improving in this area.
“The NBA’s commitment to reduce its ecological impact and to help educate basketball fans worldwide about the importance of environmental protection confirms why this league is regarded as one of the world’s most responsible sports organizations,” said NRDC Senior Scientist Allen Hershkowitz, who coordinated the organization’s development of this work. “Besides the tangible public health benefits that this initiative will advance, having the NBA embrace ecological criteria in its operations represents a watershed in our nation’s movement toward environmental progress.”
From April 4-12, 2014 the NBA will partner will the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the fifth NBA Green Week presented by Sprint in an effort to generate awareness and funds for protecting the environment. NBA Green Week is just one of the ways the league, its teams and players are taking steps to be more environmentally friendly. Throughout the week the NBA will highlight league, team and player environmental initiatives including in-arena awareness nights, recycling programs and hands-on service projects.
As part of NBA Green Week 2013, all 30 NBA teams will wear adidas shooting shirts made from 100% organic cotton. Official adidas NBA jerseys are made from 60% recycled materials.
Charlotte Bobcats players Josh McRoberts and Ramon Sessions along with Bobcats staff members visited J.M. Alexander Middle School to assist with the construction of an outdoor reading area for students.
- The Denver Nuggets visited the Botanic Gardens teaching school children about gardening and the environment. Second graders from Dora Moore School also learned how to plant a garden.
- The Houston Rockets hosted a “Rockets Recycle Tour”, with stops at a recycling station and corporate partner locations, encouraging fans via social media to come and drop off recyclable items, and rewarding them with vouchers to an upcoming game.
- On April 3, the Toronto Raptors hosted NBA Green Night presented by Toronto Hydro.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves are teaming up with a “My 29” to create a statewide “Think Green” School competition, where schools submit their plan of who is making the effort of Going Green.
- On April 7, the Portland Trail Blazers will host their annual “Bike to Blazers” event during their Green Awareness Game. The team is encouraging fans to meet at a specified location downtown and bike a predetermined route to the game wearing their Trail Blazers colors.
- Five NBA team arenas – Philips Arena (Atlanta Hawks), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami Heat), Rose Garden Arena (Portland Trail Blazers), Toyota Center (Houston Rockets), and Amway Center (Orlando Magic) – have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Rose Garden Arena and Amway Center received Gold certifications and the Toyota Center received Silver certification. Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic, opened in October 2010 and is the first NBA facility to earn LEED new construction certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Three NBA teams have installed solar panels on their arenas, garages, or practice facilities. Installed in 2010, the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland, Calif. features more than 500 solar panels on its roof. The garage at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz. has an 18,000-square-foot solar array, made up of 1,110 panels, installed in 2009. In 2008, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. completed installation of 1,727 solar panels, covering about 25,000 square feet, or half of the total roof area.
- In March 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers unveiled 10 electric vehicle charging stations housed within two of the Rose Garden parking garages, making the Rose Quarter the largest single site for electric vehicle charging in the region.
- The STAPLES Center has installed 1,727 solar panels providing up to 20% of the building’s energy.
- The Green Sports Alliance launched in 2011 and is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of professional sports and to inspire fans to join in these efforts. The founding members of the Alliance are from six different professional sports leagues – a collaboration that is unprecedented. NBA/WNBA participants include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Storm, Toronto Raptors and the NBA league office.