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."


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