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How The U.S. Open Leads By Example In Going Green

By Desirée Kaplan

The US Open Tennis Championships is the largest-attended sporting event in the world. Every September, New York City prepares for this annual event which draws over 700,000 fans over the course of two weeks. Needless to say, things can get messy with that many people in one place. Back in 2007, the event was generating significant waste and not one recycling bin could be found on the property. 

That is until Billie Jean King stepped onto the scene. King has broken records on the court as an athlete and off the court as an environmentalist. In 2006, she turned her attention to the National Tennis Center when it was renamed as the US Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. King, never one to take responsibilities lightly, stepped up and wanted to find a way to make the US Open an environmentally responsible event. 

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