Sports and sustainability have been getting on the same team in recent years. What drives sports teams and sports-related organizations to support sustainability may differ from case to case. For example, teams and leagues may:
- Want to offset the climate impact from their operations or fan activities;
- Desire to educate and inspire, realizing that they have the potential to reach large audiences;
- Feel driven to address environmental issues because they are some of the most pressing issues of our time; or
- Realize that environmental degradation may impact their sport directly, such as by limiting the number of opportunities available for sports enthusiasts (e.g., heat waves limiting time outside; natural infrastructure essential to a sport is being degraded or destroyed).
In all of these cases, the goal is to do well – and to do good. Verra can help teams and leagues excel in doing good.
Verra develops and manages standards that help countries, the private sector and civil society achieve their sustainable development and climate action goals.
Our standards ensure that projects using our certification have real, measurable and permanent impacts that are audited by third parties and are listed in a transparent registry that can be viewed by anyone.
Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is the world’s leading voluntary greenhouse gas (or carbon credit) program. 1,495 projects are certified to this standard and collectively have issued 339 million VCUs, which is the equivalent of taking 72 million cars off the road for a year.
Forest conservation projects:
Mangrove restoration projects: