Composting and Ocean-Degradable Straws Help Seattle Seahawks Win Sustainability Award

NFL franchise beats competition from Minnesota Vikings’ Bank Stadium and Liverpool FC to win Stadium Business Award.

CenturyLink Field has undertaken an extensive energy and water use reduction strategy.

CenturyLink Field has undertaken an extensive energy and water use reduction strategy.

NFL franchise Seattle Seahawks has been recognised for its sustainability initiatives, including composting, sustainable food and introducing ocean-degradable straws.

The team and its venue, CenturyLink Field, won the Sustainability and Community Award at the Stadium Business Awards, hosted in Manchester.

Described as “one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable sports and entertainment venues in the world”, CenturyLink Field was commended for its composting efforts (with payback in organic vegetables), energy and water usage reduction strategies, food donations to the Salvation Army, sustainable seafood supplies and offering straws not made of plastic.

It beat competition from other shortlisted nominees, such as Minnesota Vikings’ Bank Stadium (for its recycling process at Super Bowl LII), Liverpool FC’s Anfield (for Reds Going Green), NHL Minnesota Wild’s #ThisIsOurIce campaign, Eden Park’s Our Neighbourhood Initiative and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room.

The judging panel said the award recognised the venue’s “effort to minimise the impact of stadium events on our shared environment”.

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11th Hour Racing is Proud to Announce an Update to their Ambassador Program

Ambassadors will identify and work with non-profits giving $10,000 grants to selected organizations.

Pictured above: Mudratz sailors met with Anderson Reggio during the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover and got a tour of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Photo credit: Outrageous Photography

Pictured above: Mudratz sailors met with Anderson Reggio during the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover and got a tour of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Photo credit: Outrageous Photography

Since 2015, 11th Hour Racing Ambassadors have worked to foster systemic change in the maritime and sailing communities focused on restoring ocean health. As representatives of the organization, they help promote sustainable operations at regattas, engage in community outreach, and identify potential partners and solutions to reduce environmental impacts of the maritime industry.

Starting in 2018, Ambassadors will take on a new responsibility, working with the staff at 11th Hour Racing to identify a non-profit that works on environmental issues or sustainability problems that they are passionate about solving. Ambassadors will serve as a point of contact with their chosen non-profit and assist in the development of the project’s scope, work plan, evaluation, and promotion.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand the work of our Ambassadors and allow them to support projects they are passionate about,” said Todd McGuire, Program Director, 11th Hour Racing. “Being professional sailors, all of our Ambassadors travel extensively – they can see with their own eyes which issues are affecting local communities. Their feedback and contribution is an invaluable asset, and they can also help us recognize up-and-coming organizations, and promote their growth.”

With the standards set high, all 11 of our ambassadors have been hard at work identifying the first round of grantees for 2018. Thus far, selected grant recipients include:

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French Sports Organizations Commit to Wide-Ranging Sustainability Charter

Committees, bodies and venues make 15 pledges, related to catering, transport, procurement, waste and energy devised by French government and WWF.

French sports minister Laura Flessel with all the signatories in Paris yesterday (11 June)

French sports minister Laura Flessel with all the signatories in Paris yesterday (11 June)

More than 100 committees, organisations and venues in the French sport sector have made commitments to reduce their environmental impact by signing a charter of 15 eco-responsibilities.

Gathered together by French sports minister Laura Flessel, the signatories made pledges regarding sustainable food, transport, procurement, waste and natural resources, among others.

The commitments have been developed by the Ministry of Sport in France and the WWF, who will put together an annual report tracking the progress of those signing up to the strategy.

Over the next three years, organisations have committed to:

  • Providing 50% of catering for participants, spectators and staff from sustainable sources. These choices must comply with WWF recommendations (100% certified seasonal catering options, preference to local/regional suppliers etc), and include healthy options. A tracking system to reduce waste must also be in place;
  • Making 80% of journeys completed by spectators, sportspeople and employees happen through active mobility (walking, bike etc), transport and car sharing;
  • Purchasing 80% of their products using a corporate social responsibility selection criteria;
  • Reducing waste by 25% and reuse, recycle or recover 60% of waste; and
  • Consuming 25% of energy from renewable sources

The full list of commitments and timescales can be found below:

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SPORTS MEMBERS INCLUDE...
403
TOTAL SPORTS MEMBERS
193
TEAMS
194
VENUES
16
LEAGUES