My team, the Wisconsin Badgers, is playing Florida State on Friday in Boise, Idaho. Yes, Idaho. There does not appear to be any concern by the tournament's organizers about the carbon footprint generated when teams from Wisconsin and Florida are sent all the way to Boise, and back. I enjoy this event and am pleased that my team gets to participate, but so much chasing around across the country seems a bit too rich in this day and age.
When planning which teams will play at what location, tournament organizers should be encouraged to consider the environmental impact of travel. The colleges and universities that participate should demand steps be taken to reduce the tournament's carbon footprint. Let's be gentle on the Earth when we can, folks.
Perhaps some resourceful environmentalist can calculate the carbon emissions generated by sending these teams, their fans and families, and local press, all on a round trip to Idaho. Here is a link to one carbon calculator by the ICAO.
Environmental concerns notwithstanding, GO BADGERS!
"Badgers? Huh? Are you talkin' to me? We're on board with the green thing."