Monthly Archives: April 2017

Waste Management, the Boston Red Sox and Aramark Celebrate Earth Day with Successful Post-Game Waste Sorting Event at Fenway Park

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Waste Management (NYSE: WM), in partnership with the Boston Red Sox and Aramark, celebrated Earth Day 2017 a bit early with a post-game waste sort event at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday afternoon. The event followed the Red Sox’ traditional Patriots Day – Marathon Monday morning game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. Volunteers joined employees of the three organizations along with Major League Baseball’s facility operations senior coordinator, Jason Kobeda, and the City of Boston’s recycling policy director, Susan Casino in sorting trash inside Fenway Park immediately following the game.

A typical game day at Fenway generates more than seven tons of trash, and Monday’s game was no exception. Monday’s waste sorting effort resulted in the collection of 2,178 pounds of recyclables and 221 pounds of organics from trash –which might have otherwise wound up in a Massachusetts landfill.

“Sorting the volume of waste generated by 40,000+ fans requires teamwork, and our volunteer crew was exceptional,” said Michelle Lee Guiney of Waste Management. “With multiple post-game events going on around us, including a party for 10,000 marathon runners, they worked diligently to gather and sort materials under challenging circumstances. We sincerely appreciate their flexibility, good humor and generosity!”

In the spirit of the event, volunteers received upcycled tee-shirts from The Red Sox Team Store, which are new, but obsolete Red Sox tees turned inside-out and specially branded for the event.  Through upcycling, each repurposed cotton tee-shirt conserves 700 gallons of water, and prevents the emission of carbon dioxide and the application of pesticides needed to grow cotton for new shirts. Volunteers also brought their own reusable water bottles.

Fenway Park provides ample recycling and composting bins, but a lot of items that could be sorted are often thrown into regular trash bins. Waste-sorting events such as this showcase the positive environmental impact of taking a few extra seconds to self-sort cups, trays, wrappers, food, and other items. “Recovering discarded items makes a tremendous difference in diverting waste from our landfills, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Guiney.

“The waste sorting event is a great showcase of the commitment by the Red Sox to promoting sustainable practices throughout the season at Fenway Park,” said Paul Hanlon, senior director, ballpark operations & sustainability, Major League Baseball. “Pursuing a zero waste event is no easy task and we applaud the Red Sox ownership, the entire organization and their partners for their hard work and environmental leadership in this endeavor.”

The Boston Red Sox organization is a leader in sustainability initiatives, and was named the Bay State’s 2016 Recycler of the Year by MassRecycle. Waste Management’s “Total Recycling Program” and Aramark Corporation are integral partners in Fenway Park’s award-winning materials management (sorting, recycling, composting) programs.

PHOTO: Waste Management, the Boston Red Sox and Aramark, celebrated Earth Day 2017 a bit early with a post-game waste sort event at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday afternoon following the Red Sox’ traditional Patriots Day morning game. Volunteers sorted trash inside Fenway Park immediately following the game, and collected 2,178 pounds of recyclables and 221 pounds of organics from trash, which might have otherwise wound up in a Massachusetts landfill.  A typical game day at Fenway generates more than seven tons of trash. Shown in the photo – front row (L-R): Scott Peters, WM; Michael Long, volunteer; Michelle Lee Guiney, WM; Sherri Gonzalez, WM; Susan Casino, volunteer; Lee Casino, volunteer; Robyn Pacini, Boston Red Sox. Back row(L-R): Matthew Guiney, volunteer; James McFarlane, WM; Tim Morin, WM; Jason Kobeda, Major League Baseball; Jonathan Lister, Boston Red Sox.

LA Galaxy & StubHub Center implement full week of community programming to precede Protect the Pitch Day on 4/23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC

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As part of LA Galaxy’s upcoming match at StubHub Center against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, April 23, and in accordance with Earth Day on April 22, the LA Galaxy and StubHub Center will host Protect the Pitch Day, showcasing the committed effort to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly in all facets of operations. The LA Galaxy will host and participate in a variety of community events showcasing sustainability efforts throughout the week leading up to the match, culminating with several initiatives during the contest at StubHub Center on Sunday, April 23 (1 p.m. PT; ESPN).

he week starts with a tour hosted by LA Galaxy and StubHub Center, showing Carson’s Catskill Avenue Elementary around the StubHub Center grounds. Catskill Avenue Elementary will be shown some of StubHub Center’s variously sustainability projects as well as other stadium initiatives working to reduce the carbon footprint of stadium operations. On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy Academy will visit Twenty-Fourth Street Elementary School to help beautify the campus, through planting a garden, completing construction and other tasks on campus.

Among the new sustainable programs implemented at Stubhub Center are four bee hives that will produce over 800 pounds of honey each year. Additionally, 12 chickens are now housed in a dedicated chicken coop at StubHub Center and the LA Galaxy Greenhouse that will offer space to grow various produce. All of these materials will be used in food preparations for LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy players, coaches and staff to provide healthy and sustainable meal options.

On Friday, LA Galaxy will visit Griffith Park to assist TreePeople with tree care in the local community as a part of the Protect the Pitch sustainability program. TreePeople is a two-year LA Galaxy partner that inspires the people of Los Angeles to take personal responsibility for the urban forest.

The Galaxy will wrap up the week on Sunday, when they take on Seattle Sounders FC at 1:00 p.m. at StubHub Center (the match will be broadcast live on ESPN). During the match, LA Galaxy and StubHub Center will officially celebrate Protect the Pitch Day, showcasing the efforts to be a more sustainable organization, and encouraging fans to do the same.

As part of the Protect the Pitch Day, the LA Galaxy and StubHub Center will work to celebrate and highlight the various initiatives implemented to conserve energy, increase sustainability and reduce carbon footprint during the match. The LA Galaxy will sell Relan Tote Bags, which are made from recycled materials from the club’s 2014 MLS Cup Championship banner which previously hung inside StubHub Center. Fans will be able to purchase at StubHub Center the LA Galaxy Relan Tote Bags on Sunday and online by visiting squareup.com/market/la-galaxy-foundation/.

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Fifth Annual NASCAR Race to Green Celebrates Industry-wide Effort

By Official NASCAR release

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To commemorate the holistic effort being made to help protect and preserve the environment, NASCAR® announced its fifth annual NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative. Beginning today and culminating with Sunday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the initiative will build awareness around the programs NASCAR, the industry and multiple partners have developed to help reduce its carbon footprint.

A key pillar of NASCAR Race to Green is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Fans can visit NASCAR.com/green to donate trees — $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling — to be planted in those areas with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around being green by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen.

“The Race To Green initiative allows us to highlight the foundational partners that help reduce our impact on the environment all year long,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “As an example of the wide range of initiatives taking place across the industry, American Ethanol has helped us eclipse 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15, Safety-Kleen recycles all oil and lubricants at more than 200 race events a year, and collectively as an industry more than 400,000 trees have been planted to date. We are proud to continue those efforts under the Race to Green umbrella.”

As part of this year’s initiative, NASCAR fans visiting NASCAR.com/green will be treated to a newly designed digital destination, complete with easy-to-access information, news, an interactive carbon calculator and more. NASCAR Green will debut a new TV spot today as well, featuring a newly created NASCAR Green logo.

NASCAR Race To Green will highlight the sustainability efforts of its teams, tracks and NASCAR Official Partners, who work closely with NASCAR, year-round. While NASCAR Green initiatives span the entire year, the following additional activities will take place throughout this week-long effort:

• In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, NASCAR Official Partners have committed to donate trees to Tennessee residents affected by the Chimney Tops 2 Fire in November 2016. NASCAR will match the donations made by its Official Partners.

• As part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will join Comcast volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity build in Johnson City, Tenn. NASCAR will donate trees for the newly built homes.

• Pocono Raceway will release a Sustainability Report that details the initiatives it has in place to be environmentally responsible, including its recycling program, solar farm and more.

• In partnership with Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Elliot Sadler will visit Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala. to donate 750 tree saplings provided by NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation.

• Today, Danica Patrick will help Mobil 1 spotlight its Mobil 1TM Annual Protection, allowing drivers to go one full year — or 20,000 miles — between oil changes, with a ceremonial pour at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Green was launched because it was the right thing to do for the country, climate and fans. Since 2008, NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to reduce our impact on the environment, including:

• NASCAR and the industry have planted enough trees to completely offset carbon emissions for all three national series racing for the past six years, plus the next 40 years.

• NASCAR eclipsed more than 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, demonstrating that the ethanol blended biofuel stands up to high performance racing while significantly reducing emissions.

• Safety-Kleen delivers its oil recycling and re-refining services to the track each weekend, ensuring all cleaning solvents, oil, fluids and lubricants are recaptured and incorporated into useable products.

• NASCAR also features many teams and tracks using solar power as a renewable energy source, including: Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports.

For more information about NASCAR Race to Green, visit NASCAR.com/Green.

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