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Carmelo Anthony and other athletes go ‘green’

Several high-profile athletes are going green. Here is a look at some who have taken action to help improve the environment.

Carmelo Anthony

A superstar on the court for the Knicks, Anthony has become a superstar in the world of environmental protection as well.

He donated $3 million to his alma mater, Syracuse University, which helped launch the Carmelo K. Anthony Center. It opened on Sept. 24, 2009, and is one of the most eco-friendly sports facilities in the country. It’s made from nontoxic and recycled materials, and it also uses 30% less water and 20% less electricity than similar structures.

Lance Armstrong

Regardless of his transgressions in the world of cycling, the seven-time Tour de France winner is serious about environmental protection.

In September 2010, Armstrong became the first owner of the Nissan Leaf, three months before the 100% electric car was released to the public. Armstrong also agreed to be a spokesman for Nissan in a series of commercials for the Leaf, which allows its drivers to roam for about 100 miles on one charge.

Natalie Coughlin

Most people are left to wonder where their chicken comes from, but Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin knows exactly where hers originates. She has five “pet” chickens which she uses to avoid factory-farmed eggs. They are named Tara, Sookie, Lafayette, Madame Croque and Chuck.

Coughlin, who is tied with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for most U.S. Olympic medals for a woman with 12, also keeps herself in shape with an organic vegetable garden.
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