In recognition of the San Jose Sharks’ reduced waste and increased redistribution of food to the community via their participation in the Food Recovery Challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the NHL franchise a Certificate of Achievement for their successes. The Food Recovery Challenge, part of the EPA’s National Sustainable Materials Management Program, encourages participants to reduce food waste as much as possible at their facilities.
Since 2010, when the Sharks began participating in the program, the team has donated over 20,000 pounds of food – increasing the landfill waste diversion rate at the SAP Center to over 90 percent in connection with recycling and composting programs, while preventing the release of over 16,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and over 14,000 pounds of methane emissions.
San Jose’s participation in the Food Recovery Challenge is part of a broader sustainability effort undertaken by the team. Other efforts include the installation of Bloom Energy Servers, making the SAP Center the first multipurpose sports and entertainment facility to supplement electricity with fuel cell technology; an electronics recycling program that has diverted over 100,000 pounds of electronic waste from landfills since 2010; and participation in community cleanup projects on the Guadalupe River.
“The success of the NHL Green initiative is credited to our Clubs, and their ingenuity and resourcefulness,” said NHL director of sustainability Omar Mitchell. “The Sharks continue to take a leadership role by once again proving the environmental and financial benefits of effective waste management strategies, from source reduction and food donations to recycling and composting.”
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The St. Louis Cardinals will host their 5th annual Green Week, April 22 – April 30 in celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with activities to help promote recycling inside and outside of Busch Stadium. The week’s activities include an e-waste recycling drive, a shoe collection drive in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, and the collection of used baseball and softball equipment for donation through “Rawlings Replay.”
During Green Week, and all season long, the Cardinals Green Team volunteers collect recyclables from fans in between innings while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.
Since the launch of 4 A Greener Game in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted approximately 2,400 tons of solid wastes from local landfills. With the help of 550 recycling bins located around the stadium, an average of four tons of trash are recycled each game. The team has also reduced energy use by 20% and water use by 10% since the stadium opened in 2006.
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As part of the team’s focus on more sustainable operations throughout the organization, the St. Louis Rams have partnered with locally-based Microgrid Solar on several new clean-energy projects at the team headquarters. Microgrid will be conducting an energy makeover that will accelerate the Rams work toward their Green Initiative and cut energy costs at Rams Park. The projects already in progress include:
- A 25 kW-output solar installation at Rams Park, including a solar sculpture installed last November
- A comprehensive energy audit to identify further recommendations for facility upgrades
- An educational display for visitors at Rams Park highlighting the team’s green efforts
- Staff and fan outreach to educate and promote responsible energy use
“For the Rams, pursuing these opportunities fits with our green efforts, but it is also a smart operations decision that saves the organization on energy costs,” Lisa Boaz, senior manager of marketing and advertising for the Rams, said about the partnership. “The goal with our green efforts has always been to not only do the right thing, but to help our fans learn from what we are doing, and then we can really have an impact.”
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St. Louis Rams Celebrate 2013 Green Week