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
Each year, MLS club and League office staff volunteer their time and give back in partnership with local charitable organizations leading up to Earth Day. This year, the 5th annual Greener Goals Week of Service did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a number of MLS clubs showcased their commitment to the environment Greener Goals, while social distancing at home.
Carbon Offset Investments
Since 2018, MLS has compensated 24,216 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 addition to player travel during the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. MLS also offset emissions associated with club travel for the entire 2019 MLS regular season including flights, ground transportation and accommodations.
This is the equivalent to the emissions generated from 19,327 road trips from Vancouver to Miami or 36,143 commercial one-way flights from San Jose to Montreal and corresponds to the volume of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by over 3.5 million Pine Trees in one year, which would cover more than 4,600 soccer stadium pitches.
MLS partners 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 Africa.
To date, the League’s investment has created tangible, constructive impacts for local communities that were generated by the distribution of over 4,400 cookstoves, positively impacting the lives and well-being of 14,000 women and children.