Vegan soccer club is now carbon neutral

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Vegan soccer club is now carbon neutral
In this Monday, July 30, 2018 photo, players training at The New Lawn, Forest Green Rovers’ football ground, in Nailsworth, England. An English soccer club has become the first professional sports team in the world to be certified as carbon neutral by the United Nations. (AP Photo/James Brook)

NAILSWORTH, England (AP) — An English soccer team has become the first professional sports team in the world to be certified carbon-neutral by the United Nations.

Forest Green Rovers, which plays in English soccer’s fourth tier, has adopted a number of environmentally-friendly measures, from using electric vehicles, to vegan-only meals for players, staff and fans.

The club’s 2,000-seat stadium in the quiet town of Nailsworth, England, is powered entirely by renewable energy, about 20 percent of which by solar panels.

Chairman Dale Vince, who also owns a renewable energy company, took control of the club in 2010 and quickly set to reshaping its policies.

“Football clubs can influence society to create change,” he said. “And to do that, they’ve got to set a good example.”