Green Gary’s five-year plan for eco-friendly football

Gary Neville will use his Old Trafford testimonial on Tuesday to encourage supporters to consider environmental issues.

Proceeds will be shared between a project to build a supporters’ club centre near Old Trafford and Sustainability in Sport, an organisation the former Manchester United and England right-back has set up to encourage sports clubs to use alternative forms of energy.

Go-ahead: Gary Neville has won a 17-month planning permission battle
Go-ahead: Gary Neville has won a 17-month planning permission battle

Neville, who is building a home on moorland near Bury fuelled entirely by wind and solar power, follows in the footsteps of former England team-mate David James, who hugged a tree to raise awareness of environmental issues.

‘Over the past five years a series of events have made me recognise that I need to make a personal change in my lifestyle,’ said Neville, who retired earlier this year.

‘I’ve changed my car, I’m more aware of locally produced foods and I’m building a zero-carbon home. I still have a lot of changes to make and I’m sure if you followed me you could pick a lot of holes in my life. But it’s a journey I want to make and one I feel we’ll all have to make.

‘I recognised that we had to change our energy consumption and knew that I couldn’t make the difference in one day, so I decided it was going to be a five-year plan and that I would try to be someone who could promote the message, make it more accessible and encourage people to join in.’

Underground bunker: The house will be on the edge of the West Pennine Moors
Underground bunker: The house will be on the edge of the West Pennine Moors

Neville’s partner in Sustainability in Sport is green entrepreneur Dale Vince, a former New Age traveller and founder and managing director of the green energy company Ecotricity, a sponsorship partner for Tuesday’s match against Juventus.

Article excerpted from www.dailymail.co.uk
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Founded in 2008, the Mines Green Circle is the special Green Environmental Unit of Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotel for “Better Environment, Better Health”. It advocates green practices amongst the personnel of the Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotels as well as its guests.

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