August 2008 - The U.S. Open professional tennis tournament was powered with wind energy for the first time in 2008. Under an agreement with Constellation NewEnergy, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) purchased an estimated 2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of Green-e certified wind renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity consumption for the duration of the U.S. Open, from August 25 through September 7, 2008. The purchase marks a first in professional U.S. tennis, following recent purchases of green energy or carbon offsets by professional sports franchises, venues, and events in U.S. professional baseball, football, and golf, among others.
In addition to the wind energy purchase, the USTA has also partnered with the National Resources Defense Council to distribute 100,000 wallet cards containing "Eco-Tips" on environmentally friendly practices. The USTA has also sponsored public service announcements concerning the environment on video boards at the event and on the U.S. Open website. They are also using a newly-designed U.S. Open green logo reminding fans to reduce, reuse, and recycle and have implemented a reuse and recycling program for waste at the event.
News Release - Constellation Energy Serves Up Wind Power for the 2008 US Open
News Story - U.S. Open Tennis "Goes Green"
Constellation Energy Contact: Jennifer Wood or Lawrence McDonnell, (410) 470-7433