SOUNDERS FC: A LEADER IN SUSTAINABILITY
We are proud to be a carbon neutral club. In 2019, we announced that we were the first carbon neutral professional soccer team in North America and the first carbon neutral sports franchise in the United States. We are committed to measuring and offsetting our footprint annually while continuously striving to lower our environmental impact.
MEASURING & OFFSETTING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Sounders FC works in collaboration with Seattle-based Sustainable Business Consulting to calculate its Greenhouse Gas emissions and identify opportunities to reduce our impacts wherever possible.
OFFSETTING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Sounders FC partner with Forterra to offset 100% of the carbon emissions we are not able to reduce ourselves. Our team, staff, and fans plant trees in our local RAVE Foundation communities to help improve the air and water quality where we live, work and play.
While we cannot reduce our team’s air travel, we continue to work aggressively to lower our environmental impact integrating sustainable behavior in our Font Office through our cross-departmental Green Team. Our Green Team’s ongoing efforts include installing compost bins at our Front Office and team training facilities, educating our organization on energy and waste reduction, and influencing commuting habits.
For detailed information about our carbon offset program, please visit our FAQ.
PLANTING FOR A GREENER TOMORROW
TREE PLANTING VOLUNTEER EVENT
Join us on Sunday, February 23 to plant over 450 trees to help us offset our carbon footprint along the Green-Duwamish River in Tukwila. To volunteer with Sounders FC players and staff please click on the registration link below. Spots are limited, and all ages are welcome!
To learn more about our tree planting site, please visit our FAQ.
EMPOWER YOUTH TO LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
RAVE GREEN CERTIFICATION
In partnership with WA Green Schools we created Rave Green Certification. Schools who are Rave Green certified are eligible to win Sounders FC prizes, match tickets, and experiences. We believe that educating youth about environmental sustainability empowers them to make impactful sustainable changes in their local communities. Learn more about our Rave Green Certification.
SAMMY THE SOUNDER
Sounders FC mascot, Sammy the Sounder teaches kids about living sustainably, how to sort waste and how build a better, greener world. To learn more about Sammy the Sounder visit www.soundersfc.com/mascot.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND HELP US REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Go mobile by utilizing the Sounders FC app to enhance your matchday experience with mobile ticketing, rewards, man of the match voting, SeatGeek integration and digital access to Sounders Monthly.
To learn more about digital matchday tickets visit our, How to Manage Tickets page.
Reduce our CO2e by taking alternative transportation on matchdays. Check out our Transportation Guide for the below.
- Free Bike Valet
Waste Reduction Program
Did you know CenturyLink Field was honored as a national award with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?
Learn more about CenturyLink’s “WasteWise” award-winning results and their effort in making their facility a sustainability leader here.
YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Carbon Footprint Calculator
You know the club calculates and offsets its’ carbon emissions every year, but did you know you could also calculate your carbon footprint as an individual? Use this carbon footprint calculator to see what it would take offset your individual emissions!
An Offset reduces, avoids, or sequesters the equivalent of one ton of CO2e in one place to “offset” of an equal amount of CO2e somewhere else in the world. Sounders FC is purchasing carbon offsets to offset those greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that it cannot reduce internally. It is purchasing enough offsets to account for 100% of its carbon emissions.
Benefits of this type of financial support
- Allows Sounders FC to lower its climate impact beyond what can currently be achieved through internal efforts
- Funds emissions reduction projects in our local community by planting trees that will sequester carbon and help clean the water and air in Puget Sound, while keeping the money here locally with a community non-profit.
We chose Forterra for a few reasons. Their mission is aligned with Sounders FC sustainability goals as their mission is to secure land for a sustainable future.
Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Program helps area companies and households take positive action on the climate crisis by offsetting their carbon emissions through tree-planting.
They are the leading provider here in the Puget Sound for carbon offset projects. Sounders FC will actually be able to put trees into the ground that will sequester enough carbon to fully offset all of our emissions and clean up the air and water in the Puget Sound, while supporting a local non-profit that will put money into the pockets of local people, and offer us a project where our staff, team, fans, and partners can participate.
The Green-Duwamish River provides important ecological, social, and economic resources for people in and around King County, WA. The River flows over 93 miles from the Cascade Mountain range to Elliott Bay, through the traditional territories of the Muckleshoot, Squamish, Duwamish, Upper Puyallup, and Puget Sound Salish peoples. The River provides critical habitat for endangered Puget Sound Chinook salmon1 as well as three other species of salmon. It has also been identified as the 4th most threatened river in the United States by American Rivers. High water temperatures are one of the main issues affecting Chinook salmon populations, especially in the Green Duwamish River watershed, primarily from lack of trees and shrubs and the shade they provide. High water temperatures affect salmon health in all life stages and sends ripple effects throughout the watershed, including decreased health and food supply for Orca whales and other wildlife. One of the main actions to support Chinook populations is to “keep streams shaded.” Planting and maintaining trees and shrubs in priority planting areas along the riparian corridor will provide shade and protect cool water as well as create habitat for native fish, pollinators, and other wildlife. Intact riparian corridors also provide significant ecosystem services for local communities, such as reduction of heat and air pollution and filtration of stormwater.
Sourcing, administering, maintaining and verifying projects costs money. The amount that Sounders FC pays covers this and the offsets, with these administrative costs in line or lower than what most non-profits take as overhead for charitable donations.
No. Sounders FC has been and will continue to make strides to reduce its own operational emissions. We view offsets as an intermediate step. We shall first look to reduce where we can, and for those areas where we presently cannot, use offsets as part of our overall strategy for lowering our environmental impact.
Sounders FC had the ability to choose the specific projects we wanted to support and will actually be able to put the trees in the ground themselves. Forterra will keep track of the trees throughout their growth to make sure they don’t die and continue to sequester the carbon they are designed to do.
Greenwashing is a term used to describe a false or exaggerated claim, where a company tries to make itself sound better than it is performing. Sounders FC is not doing this as we are being transparent about how this is an intermediate step while we identify how we can directly reduce our emissions.
No. Sounders FC has made a leadership commitment not only in MLS, but in the local and global sports scene by becoming the first professional soccer team in North America to become carbon neutral, and one of less than five teams in the world.
Sounders FC has been and continues to find solutions for efficiency and conservation across the globe, but the path to emissions reductions is long and we do not have direct control over all emissions sources (MLS schedule, air travel plans related to tournaments, league matches, Concacaf matches, US Open Cup, etc.). While we work towards the direct reductions needed, Sounders FC has identified offsets as the best interim course of action.
We leave this decision up to each individual. Sounders FC shall not be offsetting employees’ personal offsets. If you are interested, there are several websites and offset providers that provide this service.