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‘Farm-to-Court’ Food at the NBA’s Greenest Arena

Sustainable America
By Amy Leibrock

Executive Chef Michael Tuohy's goal is to source 90 percent of Golden 1 Center's food within 150 miles.

Executive Chef Michael Tuohy’s goal is to source 90 percent of Golden 1 Center’s food within 150 miles.

The Sacramento Kings’ new Golden 1 Center, which Paul McCartney christened last week with a two-night run, has just set the bar very high for sustainability in sports.

The arena just earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification, LEED Platinum, a first for an indoor arena. The 17,500-seat venue is powered completely by solar energy and features smart temperature controls that harness the area’s cooling delta breeze. It was constructed with regionally sourced materials and almost all of the materials from demolishing the site’s previous buildings were recycled.

Perhaps the most buzzed-about sustainability feature of the new arena is its so-called “farm-to-court” commitment to sourcing 90 percent of its food from within 150 miles. Michael Tuohy, executive chef for Legends Hospitality, the food service provider at the Golden1 Center, is working with area farms to procure local ingredients for everything from standard sports venue eats to the more elevated offerings fans have come to expect recently. In other words, yes you can still get nachos, but the cheese is from a local creamery.

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Levi’s Stadium, Home of the 49ers, Unveils Rooftop Farm

CNN Money
By Parija Kavilanz

What do football and farming have in common?
Levi’s Stadium.


Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers.

The home of the San Francisco 49ers has unveiled a new urban farm on the roof of the football stadium. It’s expected to generate 150 pounds of produce each week that will be used to cook up food items for club spaces and private events at the stadium.

The Faithful Farm, as it’s called, isn’t a small garden patch either. It occupies 4,000 square feet of the eco-friendly stadium’s 27,000-square-foot green roof, which features a variety of plants native to the Bay area. The roof also has solar panels used to generate renewable energy.

Some of the 40 different crops on the farm include tomatoes, summer squash, eggplants, peppers and zucchini. Plus, there’s an herbs garden with basil, sage and lavender.

Some of the produce will be given to organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that help people in need.

“Our green roof helps reduce heating and cooling requirements within our suite tower and carving out this small portion to grow crops further minimizes our carbon footprint by reducing our reliance on outside food sources,” Jim Mercurio, 49ers vice president of stadium operations and general manager, said in a statement.

The setup for Faithful Farm is somewhat unique: the rooftop is above the 9th floor that was built specifically for the farm.

While Faithful Farm is the first NFL vegetable garden, it’s a part of a growing trend at stadiums. There’s already a rooftop farm on the third base side of the Red Sox’s Fenway ballpark in Boston.

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Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers.

Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers.

Ten Tons of Food Recovered from 2016 PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: The Wanamaker trophy on the 1st tee during the Final Round of the 96th PGA Championship, at Valhalla Golf Club, on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, KY. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

The 2016 PGA Championship is the 98th PGA Championship which was held at The Baltusrol Golf Club on the Lower Course in Springfield Township, New Jersey from July 28th to July 31st 2016. This is the ninth major and second PGA Championship at Baltusrol, which last hosted in 2005. First time PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker won with -14, besting Jason Day by one stroke.

This year, for the first time, the PGA and Levy Restaurants partnered with Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU) to ensure that all food prepared but not served, as well as extra perishable foods, were donated to feed the hungry of New Jersey. These donations were received by The Market Street Mission and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. RWU has worked with the PGA since 2011 arranging food recovery from various matches throughout the United States.

The total food recovered from the Baltusrol PGA Golf Championship was approximately 20,000 pounds. Using the RWU Whole Earth Calculator™, this equaled 16,667 USDA sanctioned meal equivalents were donated and over 10,860 pounds of CO2e were saved from entering the atmosphere by avoiding a landfill. Through the partnership of the PGA and RWU, both poverty and carbon footprints were lowered.

Check out the story and learn more about Rock and Wrap It Up! here.