Monthly Archives: November 2013

Winners of the 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge

As the season winds down in college football, the 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge has declared its champions in five categories. From September to November, 88 schools competed in the categories of waste minimization, diversion rate, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, and organics reduction. Among all challengers, the schools involved 6.4 million fans at their stadiums in diverting over 1.4 million pounds of waste and prevented more than 1900 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

The champions in each category are as follows:

  • Waste Minimization: Central Connecticut State University
  • Diversion Rate: Ohio State University
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Franklin College
  • Recycling: Franklin College
  • Organics Reduction: The University of Akron

To see the full results and learn more about the challenge, follow the link to the Gameday Recycling Challenge page.

Sports Leagues Address Climate Change at U.S. Congress

On November 21, representatives from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and the U.S. Olympic Committee addressed a closed-door meeting of the Congressional Bicameral Committee on Climate Change. For the first time in history, senior sports officials testified before Congress about the risks that escalating climate change pose toward the future of sport.

“Your leagues are great cultural institutions that embody the American spirit,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in response to the leagues’ testimony. “You are exhibiting clear public leadership by your statements and activities… I believe that sports can help us break through the barrage of special interests fighting action on climate change.”

Throughout the hearing the message was clear from each of the league representatives. Their actions have shown that ecologically responsible stadium operations and event management can have a beneficial impact both on the environment and on the economic bottom line. Now that addressing sustainability issues and climate change are on the radar of major professional sports organizations, the groundswell of support from sports has helped to shift the cultural attitudes toward the subject. As Adolpho A. Birch III of the NFL said at the session, “Sensible environmental policies are not only good for the environment but are good for our business.”

Read more about the Congressional Bicameral Committee on Climate Change here.

Eagles & Ravens Receive LEED Certification Just in Time for Greenbuild Conference

The US Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo kicked off this week in Philadelphia with the announcement of two new LEED certifications for existing buildings in the sports industry. On the field at Sunday night’s game, USGBC awarded LEED Silver status to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. And, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority, the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were awarded LEED Gold status for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of M&T Bank Stadium.

As the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, USGBC’s LEED green building certification system rewards the sustainability efforts of facility operators to decrease the environmental impacts of their buildings.

“Earning LEED certification was a true team effort that required a great deal of commitment from our organization at all levels,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski about the announcement. “But what started with a blue recycling bin under each employee’s desk in 2003 has evolved into a comprehensive Go Green program that would not be possible without the innovation of our partners and participation of our fans.”

“I’m pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Gold designation with our World Champions,” said Maryland governor Martin O’Malley about the announcement. “Working together, we’re meeting some of the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation, fostering innovation and job creation that will lead to a better, more sustainable future for our children.”

At Greenbuild 2013, the USGBC also launched the newest version of their LEED green building rating system, LEED v4. Building on the fundamentals of earlier versions of LEED, LEED v4 helps prepare sustainability projects to perform at a higher level and provides a suite of new time-saving support tools designed to help streamline the certification process.

Read more about the Philadelphia Eagles’ LEED Certification here.

Read more about the Baltimore Ravens’ LEED Certification here.


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