Welcome to the NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free guide to greening athletics and recreation. Click “Get Started” for tips on how to use this guide.

The games we love today were born outdoors and are still enjoyed on fields and outdoor courts, in parks, on mountainsides, and on rivers and lakes. Collegiate sports greening helps address urgent environmental pressures that threaten the future of sports and the communities in which sports are played. To engage in or simply enjoy the sports we love, we need clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

NRDC has teamed up with leaders of the collegiate sports greening movement from campuses across the country to create this collegiate edition of NRDC’s award-winning Greening Advisor—a guide to help collegiate sports teams and departments implement environmentally intelligent practices on their campuses.

By promoting energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and other smart operations, athletics and recreation facilities can help educate their students and communities while keeping our nation’s air and water clean, helping to mitigate global warming and reducing operating costs. The following stats are just a snapshot of the greening accomplishments at athletics and recreation departments across the country:

Collegiate Sports Greening Program Survey 2013

*Infographic data above as of August 2013. Check out the full survey of athletics and recreation departments pursuing greener practices as featured in chapter two of NRDC’s Collegiate Game Changers report.

Since 2004, the Natural Resources Defense Council has been a leader in the greening of professional and collegiate sports. NRDC is one of two co-creators of the Green Sports Alliance. NRDC is principal environmental advisor to Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the United States Tennis Association, NASCAR, and the Ivy League, and is one of the advisors to the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletics Association. NRDC’s work greening the North American sports industry is the most comprehensive and successful in the world.

Check out NRDC’s other free sports greening resources (click on each to view):