MLS WORKS Greener Goals helps to identify ways to reduce the League’s greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint and raise awareness about environmental issues throughout the soccer community. The greening of our game will encourage MLS clubs, players, partners and fans to create a cleaner, healthier environment.
Week of Service
MLS WORKS hosted the 4th annual Greener Goals Week of Service from April 11th to the 22nd. MLS club and League office staff volunteered their time and gave back in partnership with local charitable organizations leading up to Earth Day (Monday, April 22).
Parley for the Oceans
MLS collaborated with adidas to support Parley for the Oceans, encouraging fans to decrease their use of plastics and reinforcing the importance of changing human attitude and behavior towards plastic pollution. MLS players wore special adidas eco-friendly kits during Earth Day weekend (April 19-21), built of technical yarns made using Parley Ocean Plastic™ as a part of the global adidas Parley initiative. Each jersey was upcycled from plastic waste intercepted by Parley from remote islands, shorelines, waters and in coastal communities. MLS adidas Parley jerseys were available for purchase exclusively at adidas.com, MLSstore.com/Club and stadium shops.
Ahead of Earth Day, MLS announced it will be offsetting emissions associated with club travel for the entire 2019 MLS regular season including flights, ground transportation and accommodation, totaling approximately 14,500 tons of CO2e. In 2018, MLS compensated 5,400 tons of CO2e associated with hotel accommodations, ground transportation, staff, player, executive and MLS guest travel, and stadium operations as part of MLS All-Star Week and MLS Cup in Atlanta, in addition to player travel during the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
MLS is partnering with South Pole and Sport and Sustainability International to offset its CO2e by investing in high-quality carbon credits issued from the distribution of emissions-reducing, life-improving cookstoves throughout communities in Kenya.
To date, MLS' investment has created tangible, constructive impacts for local communities that were generated by the distribution of 4,407 improved cookstoves in rural communities in Kenya. As of October 2018, the use of these cookstoves are estimated to have positively impacted the lives and well-being of 14,000 women and children.