May 21, 2012

Sun Devils noted for environmental performance

Posted: May 21, 2012
Wells Fargo Arena solar panels
The nearly 500-kilowatt installation atop Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus is a shining example of Arizona State University's growing solar program.

It's not often that you hear about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teaming up with the Boston Red Sox, but that is the goal of the Green Sports Alliance – a nonprofit with a "mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance." The alliance's mission is stated on their website, where the Arizona State Sun Devils are the featured team this month.

The Sun Devils were selected as the featured team for their commitment to offer "a better way to play," evident in their expansive solar installments and their public transportation partnerships.

"Sun Devil Power comes from 57 projects across Arizona State University's four campuses: Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West," the alliance writes. "Sun Devil Athletics facilities host more than 3.5 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic energy systems of ASU's total 15.3 MW. … And fans arrive at Sun Devil games on the METRO light rail."

The Green Sports Alliance works with sports teams and environmental experts to improve the fan experience and the way in which sports facilities operate in the United States. They write: "Professional sports has been supporting socially responsible causes for decades. Now our environment will benefit from that good work."

To see ASU featured on the website, and learn more about how the alliance is working to sustain our planet – and Fenway Park – visit greensportsalliance.org.

Britt Lewis, britt.lewis@asu.edu
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