Greening of the US Open Tennis Event

August 26, 2008

A few years ago, the famed US Open Tennis Grand Slam resurfaced the courts and made them blue. This year the tournament is going green. The USTA is putting into place a series of “green” initiatives. Their goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the US Open while at the same time, educating tennis fans about the benefits of being more eco-friendly. As they mentioned in the press release, "More than 700,000 fans annually visit the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the two weeks of the US Open, so if everyone lends a hand, these initiatives can potentiallymake a real difference."

Some highlights of the steps they are taking to Greenify the event include:

  • Constellation Energy (who also happens to be the official REC partner of Green Business Alliance), the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's electricity supplier, will supply Green-e Certified wind Renewable Energy Certificates to offset the electricity consumption during the 2008 US Open
  • Recycling the tennis ball cans and the tennis balls after the tournament
  • Purchasing 2.4 million 90% post-consumer waste napkins to be used in the food pavillion
  • Implementing an aluminum and plastic bottle recycling program on the grounds
  • Reducing the numbers of computer servers being used throughout the tournament

As they say at the bottom of their Green web page, "Please do your part. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It would be great if everyone could leave the 2008 US Open with golden memories—and an appreciation for all things green."


Green School Building

August 22, 2008

The first day of school is always exciting. This year, for some of our local kids there was an added bonus - a Green School Year. A new lower school building that is LEED certified. Brand new construction, brand new LEED Certifcation! Exciting.

What does this really mean for the kids? As the head of the lower school noted in an email (note...not a paper flier in the backpack), "In line with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards the new music floor will be sealed with a water based finish. Indeed there have been no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) used during the construction. In addition, the natural light from the solar tubes and the excellent air quality provided by the 100% fresh air drawn in by our main roof top A/C units will provide an exceptionally healthy environment."

The floors on the main entry have river rock and recycled colored glass mixed in the polished concrete. In addition, the toilets have a 'special' flush according to my youngest child. The great news is that this seems to be a trend across the country...more schools are planning on building LEED certified when planning their expansions and current building projects. As the kids say, the new school year has begun. As a parent I think, the new Green school year has begun!


Green Celebs

August 15, 2008

I was browsing the internet the other day and came across something that caught my attention. A video clip entitled Green Celebs. I clicked on it to see who is be touted as a green celeb this week. There were 3 mentioned...Moby, Jack Johnson and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Moby (the singer) was highlighted for being very green for quite some time. He eats green and lives green (a green architect redesigned his home).

Jack Johnson (another singer/songwriter) was heralded for his recording studio, his home and his tour buses and trucks. He has even stated that if you don't like his cd - you can reuse it as a coaster for your drink!

Last but not least on this particular list of celebs who have Greenified was none other than the star of Sex and the City. Sarah was highlighted for her child's clothing. He wears hand-me-downs. In addition, she has arrived for appearances in a chaffeur driven prius rather than a gas-guzzling Town Car.

It's nice to see celebrities making headlines for green behavior rather than gossipy incidents!


Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Disclosure

August 11, 2008

Have you heard that 30 US Cities around the country are going to join together with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability to voluntarily report their greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change-relevant data? Cities are actually going to be publicly measured and disclose their "green-ness" as it relates to GHGs (Greenhouse Gas Emissions).

Thus far, 21 cities have been announced as participants. There are still 9 other cities pending announcement. The cities who publicly announced their intent to participate are: Albany, NY, Albuquerque, NM, Anchorage, AK, Arlington, VA, Burlington, VT, Denver, CO, Dubuque, IA, Edina, MN, Fairfield, IA, Haverford, PA, Las Vegas, NV, New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, North Little Rock, AR, Pacific Grove, CA, Park City, UT, Portland, OR, Rohnert Park, CA, St. Paul, MN, Washougal, WA, and West Palm Beach, FL. 

There is hope for a more sustainable future. If cities across the US are thinking in terms of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and how to Greenify Today for a Better Tomorrow, shouldn't you be doing the same at home and at work?!


Did you know this Green fact?

August 5, 2008

I recently received an inquiry from someone who was trying to Greenify his office. He wanted to know how much paper is made from one tree. Do you have a guess? How many pounds of paper are made from one tree?

The answer is about 118 pounds. So for every 118 pounds of paper you print, copy, throw-out, scribble on or even eat and drink from (as in paper plates and cups), one tree has to be chopped down.

Just a little Tuesday trivia for you. Think twice before using paper products at home or printing documents unnecessarily. Trees are much more aesthetic in the forest rather than in white sheets on your desk!


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