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The White House hosts first sports sustainability conference

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Last Thursday, the White House played host to the first-ever “Sports and Sustainability” conference to celebrate and discuss the ongoing progress in green and sustainable initiatives across the sports industry.

As reported by, representatives from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and more gathered with government officials and environmental groups at the White House in “celebrating the sports industry’s successes in saving energy, reducing waste and adopting sustainable practices at sports facilities as part of the Better Buildings Challenge,” according to the Department of Energy. Created by President Obama, the Better Buildings Challenge is intended “to encourage major corporations, universities, and state and local governments to pledge and lead the way to saving energy, money, and showcasing the best energy saving strategies for buildings and their results.”


NBA All-Star Game helps clean up Orlando

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Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers is among the all-stars heading to Orlando this weekend.

Much like Hollywood making green amends during the week leading up to the Academy Awards, the National Basketball Association is maximizing their time in Orlando, FL, the host city for this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

With the game itself happening this Sunday, it was last weekend that the NBA teamed up with Sprint and city of Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful and Creative Recycling to present the All-Star E-Recycling event. As reported by Earth 911, the NBA set up shop last Saturday at Orlando Festival Park to collect electronic waste, including TVs, computers, mobile devices and more. The big draw was that for every car dropping off e-recyclables was given a free pair of tickets to the four-day NBA All-Star Jam Session, a massive interactive event happening this weekend. It’s where fans can participate in a wide variety of activities and meet NBA stars in town for the big game.