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Guest Blog: Montreal Canadiens “Goal is Green” Program

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre

Guest Blog by Montreal Canadiens


Back in May 2007, the Montreal Canadiens organization launched the “Goal is Green” program, an ambitious and vast project to place the Club at the forefront of all environmental leaders in professional sports. The Goal is Green program was initially introduced as part of the Club’s 100th anniversary initiatives but its mission remains: “Make the Montreal Canadiens a leader on the ice and in the community through programs that reduce its environmental footprint, support green initiative and renewable resources, and encourage its fans to do the same.”

Several improvements and equipment modifications were achieved during the last years. The Bell Centre earned three environmental certifications, more than any professional sports venues in North America. The certification ICI ON RECYCLE! (silver) is managed by the Quebec government and regards to waste management. LEED-EBOM is a third-party certification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Finally, ISO 14001 standard is internationally recognized and is aimed at organizations wishing to implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system.

As part of the LEED certification project, the Bell Centre replaced more than 250 sanitary facilities. The implementation of more efficient toilets and faucets has reduced drinking water consumption by 35%. Moreover, the drinking water supply to the urinals was optimized, which created drinking water consumption savings by sanitary equipment of more than 50% compared to 2007. The Bell Centre is now testing on a new innovative project. Along with Aquartis, a local startup company, they have developed and implemented a system to recycle the resurfacers’ (Zambonis) greywater. Based on a reverse osmosis water filtering system, this new technology pumps, treats and recycles greywater created by the rink’s ice melting. Thus, ice in the rink is no longer produced using drinking water but only with recycled water. Drinking water savings will reach 1,000 cubic meters (260,000 gallons) per year. Furthermore, due to the recycling of greywater, no more greywater is discharged to the sewers, which was an important concern for the fans and the reporters. This project is also a win for NHL players as the reverse osmosis process creates a harder and faster ice. The organization intends to remain at the top of the League with the quality of its ice.

The next project on the drawing boards of the Bell Centre and Aquartis is to reuse greywater from public sink in urinals. This project could create up to 60% drinking water savings. It would directly engage fans since a screen would display in real time the drinking water savings. This will create awareness within users of the venue about their impact on the environmental performance of the organization and about their impact within their community.

All these innovations had no negative impact on the fans since they did not have to modify their behavior. Instead, they had the effect of raising awareness about the importance of effective natural resources management. This approach reflects the organization’s orientation towards sustainable development. In addition, it reinforces the Club’s position as a leader in environmental management through professional sport. Finally, these projects are a powerful tool to educate fans about the importance of saving drinking water and to encourage them to do the same at home and at work.

Official video of the Groupe CH: http://downloads.canadiens.nhl.com/video/sizzler_trailer_2016.mp4


Guest Blog: Meet the Beaver Athletes Sustainability Team at Oregon State University

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: Oregon State University, Beaver Athletes Sustainability Team (BAST)

Guest Blog by Oregon State University, BAST

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What started as a random idea amongst a group of student-athletes two years ago, turned into a club, and now is recognized nationally for innovation in sustainability. Meet the Beaver Athlete Sustainability Team (BAST), a roster of committed young men and women with the goal to make Oregon State Athletics cleaner, more efficient, less wasteful and sustainable.

“This idea literally came from a roundtable with student-athletes who wanted to build a club within our popular Everyday Champions program,” said Kimya Massey, OSU Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. “Their drive and commitment to a cause has created a team effort through OSU Athletics that has spread across campus.”

The BAST student-athlete leaders represent a cross section of sports: Jesikah Cavanaugh (swimming), Samantha Lewis (track and field), Marie Gülich (basketball), and Mimi Grosselius (rowing).

“These young men and women are a testament to the mentorship roles student-athletes have on a college campus,” said Scott Barnes, OSU Vice President/Director of Athletics.  “This is another example of how intercollegiate athletics plays such an important role on campuses and creates community leaders for a better future.”

BAST, in conjunction with Campus Recycling, spearheaded increased awareness of recycling best practices at all of OSU’s athletic facilities on event and non-event days. Examples include a composting initiative at the Beavers’ Sports Performance Table, increased light sensors throughout facilities, and the promotion of the use of reusable containers. BAST is also in the midst of a feasibility study for the installation of solar panels at arenas and stadiums.

The program has four components as highlighted by Massey:

  • WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?: All student-athletes who are interested in making the world a more sustainable place are encouraged to be a part of this team, with no prior experience needed. Student interests range from recycling, compost and food disposal, energy efficiency, waste removal, material science analysis, community project engagement, solar and hydroelectric power solutions and other energy efficient activities.
  • STRUCTURE AND PROCESS: The BAST team meets every two weeks and encourages all current members and new members to attend. The meetings consist of determining what projects are pending and which new projects the team will take on. There are also tactical discussions around marketing how projects positively impact athletics and the community. The BAST team will also always participate in Earth Day in April on campus.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE ASPECTS: Beginning in 2017-18, there will be one community engagement project each quarter. The BAST team will collaborate with the local community to accomplish a sustainability project.
  • FUNDING IMPLICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Athletics provided a small budget this academic year to create events in Portland, Ore., and beyond with current and former student-athletes. The goal for additional funding for the upcoming academic year would provide two student-athletes the opportunity to attend sustainability conferences at the Green Sports Alliance and Pac-12 Conference, and develop additional community service initiatives.

Guest Blog: Delivering Game Day Experiences that Minimize our Environmental Impact

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: Jami Leveen, Aramark

Guest Blog by Kathy Cacciola, Sr. Director, Environmental Sustainability, Aramark


From the Super Bowl and World Series to World Cup and Olympic Games, Aramark regularly plays a part in sports’ biggest moments, enhancing the fan experience with innovative hospitality solutions. But, it’s during the regular season where Aramark has the greatest opportunity to impact guests’ game day experiences, while helping the environment and our communities.

Within our sports and entertainment division we serve 150 professional and college sports teams, including 40 teams in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.

As a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, our mission to enrich and nourish lives means when we interact with millions of people and communities across the globe, we strive to ensure we’re serving them with integrity, respect and in the most responsible way possible.

At Aramark we recognize the steps we take every day within our day to day business can have an impact on the environment. Our approach is to weave environmental sustainability into everything we do. We call this commitment Green Thread™.

Our goal is to make progress every day in the areas we can make the greatest impact. For us, this means we’re sourcing responsibly, minimizing waste, managing efficient buildings and fleet operations. We seek to constantly improve our own practices, and offer our expertise for thousands of our clients worldwide. We measure the impact of our work and hold ourselves accountable to always do better.

Sourcing products in a way that minimizes negative impacts and improves positive outcomes has a direct effect on the environment, our health and wellness, and local and global economies. At Aramark, we work closely with our suppliers, industry partners and advocacy organizations to address issues important to Aramark, our clients and customers.

We buy locally sourced fruits and vegetables, humanely-raised meats and sustainably caught seafood. And our efforts extend to products like fair-trade certified coffee, and reusable, recyclable and compostable plates, cups, cutlery and paper products.

Consistent with Aramark’s global commitment to transition to cage-free eggs, we already serve cage-free shell eggs across our sports and entertainment division. For a few years running, we’ve also been named to the top ten list of the most vegetarian-friendly major league ballparks in PETA’s annual list for our offerings at Citizens Bank Park, Citi Field, PNC Park, Coors Field, and Fenway Park.

Our commitment to responsibility also permeates how we run our facilities, ensuring efficient operations from energy and water conservation practices to implementing environmentally friendly cleaning programs. Through Aramark’s Green and Blue Cleaning™ programs at Lincoln Financial Field and CenturyLink Field, we use GreenSeal certified products and electrically charged tap water to safely sanitize surfaces while reducing our environmental footprint.

Across our operations, we implement practices that decrease the impact – and the cost – of waste. Starting with what we purchase, and continuing through to how we dispose of waste. We work hard every day to reduce our environmental footprint.

We’re proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion for our commitment to reduce food loss and waste in our operations by 50 percent by 2030.

Our approach to managing food waste is aligned with the EPA’s food recovery hierarchy, and with our “behind the scenes” food management programs, we make sure we are ordering accurate amounts of food, preparing and serving it in a way that limits waste, and tracking our progress.

Our first goal is to reduce waste at the source. But when unusual circumstances leave us with extra food, we donate our unused food to non-profit organizations and hunger relief agencies in our communities whenever we can. Where possible and practical, we compost scraps and food packaging to further minimize waste from our operations.

Since 2009, through our partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, we’ve been composting food waste from all kitchens and back-of-house operations. Eagles Go Green! recycling and composting programs have diverted more than 3 million lbs. of waste from going into landfills. This amount would cover approximately nine football fields, one foot deep with waste .
Today’s fans are more aware and interested than ever in issues that affect them, the environment and our world. As an industry leader, Aramark takes great pride in developing innovative solutions that not only enhance the game day experience, but preserve our environment and have a positive impact on the communities in which we serve. By enriching and nourishing the lives of those we serve, we inspire others to make a difference.

[1] http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/community/gogreen/recycling-composting.html

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