RCB Wins Special Award for its Green Initiatives at the Green Globe Foundation Awards
The year 2012 has begun with a bang for RCB ahead of the IPL auction with our green initiatives winning a special award at the 4th edition of the Panasonic Green Globe Foundation Awards that took place at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012, Taj Palace in Delhi on the 2nd of February, 2012.
Presenting the award to RCB was none other than Dr. Pachauri, Chairperson, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize for 2007). The Awards have been instituted as a salutation to the efforts of organizations and individuals fighting climate change through their work in environment preservation and regeneration and is an initiative by Wizcraft International and is partnered by distinguished knowledge partners, including The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The other winners of this award included Abhishek Bachchan, Amul and IndusInd Bank. Previous winners include Naina Lal Kidwai, Dia Mirza, ITC Gardenia amongst others.
RCB’s green initiatives began in 2010 with the IPL-3 with unique initiatives like carpooling solutions for fans coming to the stadium, waste segregation at stadium and effective disposal through recycling and composting, collaboration with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation for additional buses to and fro stadium, carbon footprint calculator on the RCB website and many others. Continuing on its green journey, RCB tookup an ambitious first of its kind initiative to become the first carbon neutral cricket team in the world without the purchase of carbon credits but through democratic fan initiatives where individual RCB fans brought about small environment friendly changes in their regular lifestyle and pledged their emission reductions to RCB.
RCB designed this unique campaign with the intention to achieve long term impact and generate the much needed awareness on environment issues through the medium of cricket, which is a religion in India. RCB is extremely thankful to its fans for their immense support and enthusiastic participation in all the green initiatives, be it planting trees, switchover to energy efficient lighting, using renewable energy, switching over to public transport etc. As always RCB would like to reiterate that our green initiatives are truly of the fans, for the fans and by the fans in every way. Last IPL, as a token of acknowledgement and appreciation of the green efforts by the RCB Fans, the RCB players wore a Green Jersey instead of the red RCB Jersey for the IPL match on May 8th 2011.
This is not a destination for us, but the first step, in our journey of bringing environmental awareness and lifestyle change in the daily activities of the masses. Awards such as these encourage us and our Fans to take up greater initiatives and work harder towards achieving a greener planet for all.