Environmental Resources Management (ERM) the world’s leading environmental consultancy has been working with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to develop their Sustainability Strategy. ERM reviewed operations at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, and recommended wide-ranging initiatives to support USTA’s sustainability goals, including improved waste and energy management programs. These green initiatives were launched last week at the start of this year’s US Tennis Open.
ERM spokesperson commented “by investing in developing a long-term sustainability strategy, the USTA is leading the way for other great sporting organizations on how to best manage their waste and energy – not only minimizing costs and reducing their carbon footprint, but raising awareness amongst the millions of sporting fans. We will continue to work with USTA to develop ongoing initiatives to further reduce the US Open’s carbon footprint and overall ecological impact.”
Jane Brown Grimes, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA, said “we feel a deep responsibility to make measureable changes not only at the US Open and National Tennis Center, but also in the minds of our worldwide audience. We have the opportunity to showcase this highly-attended sport in a way that encourages our fans to alter their approach in their own lives. In the end, it is this collective action that will truly make a difference.”
For more than 30 years, ERM has provided environmental, health and safety consulting services to its clients around the world. ERM is the world’s leading environmental consulting firm (No 1 All Environmental Firm Engineering News Record July 2007) ERM has 145 offices in 41 countries and employs over 3,500 staff. ERM delivers innovative solutions for leading business and government clients, assisting them in managing their environmental and related risks. The company generated net revenues of around US$445 million for the fiscal year ended March 2008.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to www.usta.com.
For more information, contact: Rita Garza, Director, Public Relations, USTA; (914) 697-2223; Garza@usta.com
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