Hybrid and electric vehicles can save money and reduce emissions of harmful gasses such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Consider providing preferential and/or discounted parking for fans who attend games with a hybrid or electric vehicle and employees who commute in a hybrid or electric vehicle. Also consider working with sponsors or local businesses to partner on other incentives for staff and game attendees who drive hybrid and electric vehicles.
You may also want to consider installing electric-charging stations at your facility for staff and attendees with plug-in vehicles. Even better, partner with sponsors to install solar systems to power electric-charging stations.
Identify and contact any staff on your campus who might help identify opportunities for promoting hybrid and electric vehicle travel to your sports facilities. The departments with knowledgeable staff may include the Transportation, Facilities, and the Sustainability Office, among others.
*HELPS EARN AASHE STARS POINTS*
Promoting environmentally preferable transportation options throughout athletics and recreation can help your institution earn up to 7 points within the “Transportation” subcategory of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Work with sustainability and facilities staff on your campus to support any institutional efforts to attain or improve your institution’s STARS rating. Use the STARS 2.0 Technical Manual to learn more.
COLLEGIATE SPORTS EXAMPLES
The University of North Texas’ LEED Platinum Apogee Stadium reserves parking spots closest to the stadium for electric and hybrid vehicles. To learn more, read the full case study in the NRDC Collegiate Game Changers report.
Yale University’s Bulldog Sustainability team encourages coaches to use hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicles when traveling for recruiting purposes. To learn more, read the full case study in the NRDC Collegiate Game Changers report.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EXAMPLES
The Montreal Canadiens’ LEED Silver Bell Center reserves parking spots closest to the stadium for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field reserves parking spots closest to the stadium for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The National Basketball Association’s annual All-Star Game uses hybrid cars for staff transportation during the event wherever possible.
Major League Baseball uses hybrid buses whenever possible to shuttle fans to around for their annual All-Star Game events.
NRDC: Grasping Green Car Technology
AASHE: Resources on Sustainable Campus Transportation
The University of Vermont: Certification for Sustainability Transportation
EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide