By Alex Rozier, KING
The Seattle Seahawks and Sounders have worked together with CenturyLink Field to become a leader in sustainability. About 97% of the waste generated at CenturyLink Field is diverted from the landfill. When they first looked at starting a program 10 years ago they realized they were only diverting about 4% of their waste, now that number has changed drastically.
“We then were one of the early adopters in the sports world at what we could do to change that ratio and about seven or eight years later we flipped that so now we are diverting about 97 percent of our waste in the last couple years from the landfill and only 4% percent of all the waste that is generated here at CenturyLink Field goes into a landfill,” CenturyLink Field General Manager David Young said. “We have one of the highest diversion rates in the NFL among any sports facility.”
Every single gameday there are about 100 staff members from CenturyLink who gather at the completion of any game and make their way through every part of the stadium separating items that are either compostable or recyclable.
“In our concession stands, all of our material that comes out of the concession stand, cups, trays, the hot dog boats, it’s all compostable, 100% compostable. What isn’t compostable is at least recyclable,” Young said. “Everything they’re consuming here and what they’re doing, is being taken care of in a responsible way, and it’s just the right thing to do. We talked about cost, and I’m sure there’s a cost associated with it, but when it comes down to it I think it’s just the right thing to do for both our fans, the community, and the environment.”
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By Richard Arrowsmith for MailOnline
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will wear one-off kits made from recycled plastic for games during November, as modeled by Xabi Alonso (Photo from Adidas)
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will wear strips made from recycled plastic found in the oceans for one-off games in November to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting against pollution.
The club’s kit sponsor Adidas is launching its first performance football products in association with Parley – who use up-cycled marine plastic waste collected by clean-up operations in coastal areas of the Maldives.
Real Madrid will wear the environmentally-friendly strip, in traditional all-white, for their La Liga clash with Sporting Gijon on Saturday November 26 while Bayern Munich will sport an all-red kit in this weekend’s Bundesliga game with Hoffenheim.
Both kits, which claim to be the first made completely from materials found in the ocean, will feature the club’s logo and the company’s famed three stripes, but the club and sponsors have agreed not to have their logo fully visible in order to make the shirt as sustainable as possible.
‘It’s an honour to go on this journey with adidas and to have the opportunity to wear the adidas x Parley kit on-pitch for the first time. With every second breath we take coming from our oceans, it’s really important that we do what we can do safeguard them.
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Real Madrid star Marcelo also showed off the one-off version of the kit for his club (Photo from Adidas)
Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson will join the board of directors of the Green Sports Alliance, Sun Devil Athletics and the Green Sports Alliance announced today.
The Green Sports Alliance is the leader in leveraging the market influence of sports to promote environmentally sustainable practices. Recently, the White House recognized the Alliance for its efforts in creating Green Sports Day.
Arizona State University is one of nearly 400 member teams, venues, events and universities from 20 leagues in 14 countries.
“I am honored to represent Sun Devil Athletics on the board of the Green Sports Alliance and to join industry leaders with the intent of driving sustainability awareness and change through the platform of athletics,” Anderson said. “To make sustainable changes and to encourage others to do the same requires members within the sporting industry to step up and take a seat at the table, and I am proud to show my commitment to sustainability by putting action behind our messaging.”
Anderson’s presence on the board of directors adds the representation of an athletics director from a leader in sustainability within the NCAA to a group with representatives from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR and fellow NCAA and Pac-12 leader the University of Colorado at Boulder. In July of this year, Anderson delivered the keynote address at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, Texas.
“Ray leads a high-powered athletics program at one of the nation’s top campuses for sustainability,” said Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Alliance. “His commitment to this work consolidates the Pac-12’s presence in this space.”
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