A new report released by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways the energy and water use of the nation’s sports venues can be reduced.

The report, "Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues," considers potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make and highlights financial savings leagues and teams are seeing from putting efficiency initiatives into place.

More than 240 million people visit sports venues annually. Total square footage of these facilities easily reaches into the hundreds of millions. Sports teams and clubs employ nearly 60,000 people and generate $22.6 billion in annual revenue. The opportunity for these facility owners to improve the energy and water performance of their venues, reduce operating costs, and engage their communities is enormous.

“This report is a valuable resource for advancing energy and water performance across the sports industry and further making the business case for sustainability,” Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance executive director, said. “Our sports members will benefit from the continued sharing of innovative solutions that emphasize the importance of measuring and tracking energy and water use at sports venues.”

The report looks at progress being made in the nation’s sports venues, challenges to widespread improvement, and opportunities to move forward.

In 2016, the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance began working on this project with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The team looked at existing data, conducted workshops and webinars, launched an industry survey, and interviewed representatives from across the sports industry. More than 125 industry representatives participated in these activities, and an additional 20,000 stakeholders received information on the project. The report compiles that data and sets a path for future implementation.

To download the report, click here.

The Green Sports Alliance will host a webinar to discuss the report on March 15, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. ET. To register, click here.