US Open: Green initiatives

As we head into the Finals weekend of the US Open Tennis I thought these Green initiatives were worth pointing out. It’s great to see the US Open taking these steps and realizing there’s plenty more to do.

It’ll be interesting to hear from local Clubs (not just Tennis) to see what initiatives you are taking.

Impact of the US Open Green Initiatives

Since 2008, over 4,000 tons of waste generated during the US Open has been diverted from landfills, saving over 4,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of 845 passenger cars being driven for a year.

  • All US Open-related printed materials are composed of at least 30% post-consumer waste and enough recycled paper has been used to save over 1,400 trees.
  • Since the program began, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 94,000 metric tons through waste diversion, recycled paper use, and renewable energy certificates.

Composting and Recycling

  • Since the start of the US Open Green program in 2008, over 600 tons of food waste has been converted to nutrient-rich compost for gardens and farms and over 100 tons of food has been donated to local communities.
  • Over 90% off all paper products used at the Open will be made out of recycled and/or compostable materials. Also, during the 2017 US Open, approximately 95% of waste was diverted from landfills.

Green Buildings

There are many fantastic strides being made at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to continue the USTA’s green endeavours.

The lights in all of the stadiums have been replaced with LED lights which will reduce energy use by 50%.