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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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Twin Cities Charities Divert Tons of Waste From Super Bowl

Star Tribune
Twin Cities nonprofits have kept the Super Bowl leftovers from landfills. 

 

he Salvation Army is acting as a distribution hub for Super Bowl LII leftovers. Above, marketing director Michelle Wong with some of the donated items and food.

The Salvation Army is acting as a distribution hub for Super Bowl LII leftovers. Above, marketing director Michelle Wong with some of the donated items and food. Photo Source: Star Tribune

What could have become a giant dump of Super Bowl leftovers from U.S. Bank Stadium, the Convention Center and Nicollet Mall is instead being reused and repurposed by more than 20 local charities.

The Salvation Army has collected more than 1 million square feet of mesh fencing, banners and carpeting used before and during the Super Bowl and is distributing the materials to other local charities.

Then there’s the miscellaneous — the Kitten Bowl set, pallets of hand warmers, food and beverages, and supplies such as desks, pens, pencils and Post-it notes for more than 100 offices in the temporary headquarters.

“No one wants to take those supplies back with them, so we donate them to charities to use in classrooms,” said Jack Groh, director of the NFL Environmental Program, which facilitates the material recovery project. “It’s more than 2,000 pounds of supplies.”

More than 16 months ago, the National Football League’s Environmental Program began building a network of charities to use Super Bowl leftovers instead of sending them to the landfill.

“We’re the first pro sports league to do this,” Groh said. ”The initiative started 25 years ago and now we do it at major sports events like the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl and the draft.”

The Twin Cities Salvation Army took the lead by acting as a distribution hub for nearly all the items. It used most of its fleet of 18 donation trucks to collect the materials from four major sites and transported it to its warehouse and store at 900 N. 4th St. in Minneapolis. From there, the other 21 charities could pick up what was useful for them.

“It’s an enormous amount of stuff,” said Tom Canfield, administrator of operations for Twin Cities Salvation Army.

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Oakland A’s to Give Plant-Based Burger its Stadium Debut

East Bay Times

The "Impossible Burgers" are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

The “Impossible Burgers” are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

When the Oakland A’s take the field March 29 for their first home game of the 2018 season, another player will make a debut appearance at the Oakland Coliseum.

It’s the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger that tastes like meat. Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, which manages the Coliseum’s food operations, will become the first professional sports stadium in the nation to offer this Bay Area-born burger.

The Coliseum’s executive chef, Effie Spiegler, has created two versions for MLB fans. And look for an all-vegan option to join the menu.

His “Impossible French Onion Sliders,” with caramelized balsamic onions, oil-cured tomatoes and brie spread on brioche slider buns, will be sold at Concessions Stand 123.

His “Impossible Breakfast Burger,” with a sunny-side-up egg, applewood-smoked bacon, oil-cured tomatoes. bacon aioli and ghost-pepper cheese (watch out!) will be available at the Shibe Park Tavern.

“The quality and variety of food offerings at the ballpark is a key part to the fan experience,” said A’s President Dave Kaval said in a statement.  “We love the story behind the Impossible Burger. It is not only cutting edge and innovative in its approach to food production, but it is also the best plant-based burger currently on the market. We are thrilled to be the first team to offer it to our fans.”

Thanks to the power of Twitter, yet another Impossible Burger creation should be coming soon.

“This is great, @DaveKaval!” tweeted Ryan Thibodaux at @notmrtibbs. “But must both available menu items for this vegan burger have non-vegan ingredients (bacon, cheese, egg)? It’d be awesome for us vegan fans to have a great burger option without having ask to “hold the…” Still, very cool!”

Kaval was quick tor respond: “Yes. We can do that. Thanks for the suggestion.”

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