Our courts may be blue, but we continue to think GREEN! The US Open’s green initiative is nearly a decade old and during this time has significantly impacted the environmental footprint of the toughest two weeks in tennis. From recycling to composting to energy management the 2016 US Open plans to be the most eco-friendly in the event’s history. Working in conjunction with eco evolutions llc, an expert in the field of sustainability, and the Green Sports Alliance, a unique collaboration between sports leagues, venues, and teams, the USTA has expanded upon the US Open’s green program each year – and 2016 is no exception!
As the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center undergoes its transformation, the USTA is focused on making sustainable construction and building decisions. Fans can feel good walking through the new Grandstand stadium knowing that during its construction, more than 80% of the waste generated was recycled or that its white roof reflects heat and keeps fans cooler while watching some of the hottest tennis of the summer.
Entertaining over 700,000 fans during the two-week event requires significant resources and another opportunity for the USTA to do something good for our environment. Champion Energy Services, the US Open’s energy provider, will supply Green-e certified renewable energy certificates to match the electricity consumption generated during the 2016 US Open. In addition, tennis is being played throughout the site under LED lights helping to decrease our energy consumption. The elite players traveling to the US Open to battle for the most coveted prize in tennis need not worry about the impact their flight or car travel might have on the environment; the US Open has offset the carbon emissions generated by their arrival to New York with Green-e certified carbon offsets.
Many of the other elements of the US Open green initiatives are much more tangible and fans are encouraged to explore the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to see them all including water refill stations, sustainable food options, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
We encourage everyone – players and fans alike – to reduce, reuse, recycle and help us turn the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world into the most environmentally conscious.