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Green Sports Day: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Become First Pro Sports Team to Achieve ISO 20121 Sustainability Certification

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that the team has received the prestigious ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the first professional sports team to do so. ISO 20121 is an international standard designed to help organizations involved in the events and hospitality industries integrate sustainability into management practices and processes.

“While our concerted efforts to become a global leader in the sustainability field have led to many successes over the years, we continue to challenge ourselves to think bigger and more creatively,” said Christina Weiss Lurie, President Eagles Charitable Foundation, Eagles Social Responsibility. “Achieving ISO certification will help us take that next step to becoming a more environmentally responsible corporate citizen.”

The ISO 20121 Standard, first introduced at the 2012 London Olympic Games, provides a management blueprint to address the “triple bottom line” of sustainability – the economic, environmental and social impacts of events. The standard helps organizations operate in a way that is financially viable for the company, its customers and suppliers; minimize the use of resources and reduce waste; and consider the needs and expectations of those affected by the event or business. The key component of the standard is the development of a continuous improvement plan which is then implemented, analyzed and modified to achieve ever increasing standards of performance.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, performed the independent third-party certification of the Philadelphia Eagles compliance with the ISO 20121 standard.

“Certification by the Eagles to the event industry’s leading sustainability standard is great news for all of us working to make professional sports more environmentally and socially responsible,” said Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide. “We hope the Eagles’ achievement will encourage other organizations in the professional sports industry to follow suit.”

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

About iCompli Sustainability

iCompli Sustainability is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli Sustainability offers diagnostic and assessment services, data verification and report assurance, and third-party certification to global sustainability standards. For more information, please visit www.icomplisustainability.com.

About ISO

The International Organization for Standardization, commonly referred to as ISO, is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded in 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.iso.org.


Anthony Bonagura, Philadelphia Eagles – abonagura@eagles.nfl.com, 609-707-5877

Green Sports Day: Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are continuously looking for innovative ideas to advance our sustainability initiatives.  They continued this trend throughout 2018 with the addition of solar to their headquarters where their training facility is located in Allen Park, MI and at the stadium parking deck in Detroit, MI.  Both locations consist of a rooftop solar array, solaredge inverter and related electrical metering and safety equipment. The headquarter building includes (50) solar panels while the parking deck includes (10) both with 1 inverter.  Each facility used the rooftop mounted strategy with a utility-interconnected inverter and have net-metering capabilities. 


Green Sports Day: Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens’ #GamePlanEarth Initiative


GamePlanEarth (GPE) is a season-long environmental initiative established and led by the Ravens to help make Baltimore a more sustainable city. This program was created to further educate fans about growing environmental challenges and encourage them to recycle, reuse and conserve. On Aug. 28, Ravens staff members joined forces with The 6th Branch, a veteran-led neighborhood development organization, to clear vacant lots and refurbish an abandoned neighborhood garden. Volunteer work included tasks ranging from basic landscaping to removing fencing, trash, concrete, bricks and overgrowth. GamePlanEarth is an extension of the organization’s continued efforts to reinforce M&T Bank Stadium’s LEED Gold Certification, a designation given to organizations that strive to deliver healthy, environmental-friendly, cost-saving and energy-and water-efficient operating buildings in the community. Recently, the Under Armour Performance Center’s new north wing achieved the prestigious LEED Gold level certification, further cementing the Ravens’ dedication and determination to being leaders in sustainability. GamePlanEarth week also saw the opening of the fifth annual GamePlanEarth Ambassador Award applications, a program that recognizes and highlights a Baltimore-area school that has implemented environmental initiatives and is a leader in the community. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant.



Bike Party

For the last five years, GPE has played an important role in the Baltimore Ravens organization. As they have done for the past several years, the Ravens ended GPE week by co-hosting a Purple Friday Baltimore Bike Party on Aug. 31. This event was created to encourage bike riding as an eco-friendly form of transportation in the city. Bike Party’s mission is Ride, Respect, Revelry. Riders were encouraged to ride right, be respectful of all Baltimoreans, revel in the joy of Bike Party and wear purple to support the Ravens. Ravens staff were on hand to distribute team souvenirs to all the riders and cheer them on from start to finish.

August 25, 2017 Baltimore Ravens community sponsorship event, Baltimore Bike Party. Starting in St. Mary's Park in Seton Hill neighborhood, and ending at Ravens Stadium.

Trash Pick-up

Prior to the start of the Ravens-Redskins game on Aug. 30, the Baltimore Union Youth Girls Soccer Team (below) collected recyclable materials in tailgate Lots B/C as part of the Ravens’ GPE initiative. The team also used this time to educate fans on the benefits of recycling and sustainability. These girls took to heart the GPE mission and set out to tackle their project. Becoming the MVPs of the night, the team stayed out until the start of the game, collecting items throughout all stadium parking lots and along RavensWalk The Baltimore Union Youth Girls Soccer Team competes competitively in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Girls Soccer Team

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