HEAT, AmericanAirlines Arena Featured As Leader In “Sports Greening”

AmericanAirlines Arena
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MIAMI – AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the 2012 NBA Champion Miami HEAT, has been recognized by the National Resources Defense Council as a North American leader in “sports greening” for its environmentally responsible practices and its continued commitment to ecological stewardship.

Earlier today, the National Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance, released Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment, which provides a collection of case studies of the sports industry’s most prominent and successful greening initiatives from across North America. The report highlights The HEAT Group’s greening efforts, led by Operations Coordinator Jackie Ventura, for investments in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, renewable energy, safer chemicals and fan engagement focused on remedying some of our most pressing environmental problems. In July, Ventura represented the franchise as a panelist during the White House Conference on Sports and the Environment.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists working since 1970 to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment.

“A cultural shift in environmental awareness is needed in order for us to address the serious ecological problems we face, and the sports industry, through its own innovative actions, has chosen to lead the way,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, director of NRDC’s green sports project. Pro sports are showing that smart energy, water and recycling practices make sense. They save money and prevent waste. That’s as mainstream and non-partisan as it comes.”

“At AmericanAirlines Arena, we’re very committed to environmentally responsible operations,” said Eric Woolworth, President of The HEAT Group’s Business Operations. “We hope to inspire businesses of all kinds to think green and make a positive impact on our earth.”

The Miami HEAT case study is available online at: http://www.nrdc.org/greenbusiness/guides/sports/files/Heat-Case-Study.pdf.

The complete report is available online at: www.nrdc.org/game-changer.