In recent years, sports organizations have made a more concerted effort toward sustainability and green living in response to economic crisis, consumer interest, and unstable energy costs. A 2008 survey found that about three-quarters of professional sports teams were implementing, developing, or actively planning a sustainability plan for their team and/or stadium. Both Chicago and Tokyo included comprehensive sustainability plans in their unsuccessful bids to host the 2016 Olympics, further demonstrating the growing interest in sustainability in the sporting and athletic world. One especially intriguing part of Chicago's plan was to recycle stadium seats, after the close of the Olympics, into wheelchair seats—a plan that could certainly be adopted by other parts of the sporting world.

As of 2009, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, ...

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