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The example that stadiums offer is telling: If you combine public financing with strict terms about planning and environmental standards you may very well get an incredibly green development.

Solar panels and recycling bins are becoming as common as hot dog vendors for professional sports teams and their venues, according to a report released last week by my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance. The process of putting the industry’s operations on a more sustainable course┬áhas been ongoing for some time, and it is important: not only is the business of big-time sports highly visible in our culture, but it also can use tremendous environmental resources and generate significant emissions (think lighting at night games, air conditioning in domed stadiums, high-volume traffic getting to and fro). When teams, leagues, and stadiums make significant progress in improving their performance, they deserve our applause.

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