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Green Education Foundation Announces I Play Green Campaign

Nationwide campaign is enlisting an army of “Green-keeping Athletes” to green their sports by 2012.

Boston, MA, January 24, 2009 --( The Green Education Foundation is mobilizing one million athletes to enlist their sports organizations to Play Green. According to the Container Recycling Institute, an incredible 200 billion disposable drink containers are trashed annually. Many of these contaminate our playing fields, landfills, and oceans. The I Play Green campaign is combating these alarming statistics by mobilizing sports organizations and athletes to go green by September 2012 to coincide with the next Olympic Games.

Playing green is simple. However, when replicated nationwide, it has the potential to both significantly reduce the tons of plastic polluting our country and oceans and save millions of dollars in waste-removal fees. The Green Education Foundation is seeking the support of coaches, community leaders, and sports organizations to promote the use of reusable drink containers for all games and practices, create recycling opportunities at fields, utilize eco-friendly field management products, and advocate for installation of water fountains, if not currently available. Green Education Foundation would also like to call upon all athletes to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by making a concerted effort to carpool whenever possible and safe.

“Athletes understand that their success is dependent on the availability of clean unpolluted air, nutritious organic food and safe, chemical-free playing fields. By participating in I Play Green, athletes can help to ensure that there’s a clean planet for generations to come,” commented James Johnson, a three-time national champion in wrestling, USA trainer and clinical & sports nutritionist.

“Given the significant hydration needs of athletes, it is critical that sports associations promote reusable containers for all drinks during practices and games,” says Victoria Waters, President Green Education Foundation. Once these athletes realize how easy and important this issue is, we are confident that they will opt to use them for all their activities”, says Waters.

The Green Education Foundation will track the number of organizations, teams and athletes, who pledge to utilize reusable bottles and carpool on its website. The goal is to eliminate one billion disposable drink containers by the 2012 Summer Olympics. For more information on this campaign as well as the details on how to sign up your sports organization to be an I Play Green team, please visit

All athletes are also encouraged to enroll their schools in National Green Week, an environmental public awareness campaign mobilizing one million students that is scheduled to begin the week of February 2-8, 2009 and will run through Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Participating schools can plan their green week anytime between these dates. National Green Week will prove that students, parents and communities by working together can institute personal and systemic environmentally-sound practices that have measurable and sustainable impact on global environmental issues. Enroll your school or organization today at:

About Green Education Foundation
The Green Education Foundation provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green behaviors in children, families and communities. We believe that children are in the best position to change the future with consistent and learned green behaviors. Green Education Foundation guides this younger generation through its programs and tools by effectively linking hands-on activities with academics. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-668-2298.

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