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Waste Management, the Boston Red Sox and Aramark Celebrate Earth Day with Successful Post-Game Waste Sorting Event at Fenway Park

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Waste Management (NYSE: WM), in partnership with the Boston Red Sox and Aramark, celebrated Earth Day 2017 a bit early with a post-game waste sort event at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday afternoon. The event followed the Red Sox’ traditional Patriots Day – Marathon Monday morning game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. Volunteers joined employees of the three organizations along with Major League Baseball’s facility operations senior coordinator, Jason Kobeda, and the City of Boston’s recycling policy director, Susan Casino in sorting trash inside Fenway Park immediately following the game.

A typical game day at Fenway generates more than seven tons of trash, and Monday’s game was no exception. Monday’s waste sorting effort resulted in the collection of 2,178 pounds of recyclables and 221 pounds of organics from trash –which might have otherwise wound up in a Massachusetts landfill.

“Sorting the volume of waste generated by 40,000+ fans requires teamwork, and our volunteer crew was exceptional,” said Michelle Lee Guiney of Waste Management. “With multiple post-game events going on around us, including a party for 10,000 marathon runners, they worked diligently to gather and sort materials under challenging circumstances. We sincerely appreciate their flexibility, good humor and generosity!”

In the spirit of the event, volunteers received upcycled tee-shirts from The Red Sox Team Store, which are new, but obsolete Red Sox tees turned inside-out and specially branded for the event.  Through upcycling, each repurposed cotton tee-shirt conserves 700 gallons of water, and prevents the emission of carbon dioxide and the application of pesticides needed to grow cotton for new shirts. Volunteers also brought their own reusable water bottles.

Fenway Park provides ample recycling and composting bins, but a lot of items that could be sorted are often thrown into regular trash bins. Waste-sorting events such as this showcase the positive environmental impact of taking a few extra seconds to self-sort cups, trays, wrappers, food, and other items. “Recovering discarded items makes a tremendous difference in diverting waste from our landfills, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Guiney.

“The waste sorting event is a great showcase of the commitment by the Red Sox to promoting sustainable practices throughout the season at Fenway Park,” said Paul Hanlon, senior director, ballpark operations & sustainability, Major League Baseball. “Pursuing a zero waste event is no easy task and we applaud the Red Sox ownership, the entire organization and their partners for their hard work and environmental leadership in this endeavor.”

The Boston Red Sox organization is a leader in sustainability initiatives, and was named the Bay State’s 2016 Recycler of the Year by MassRecycle. Waste Management’s “Total Recycling Program” and Aramark Corporation are integral partners in Fenway Park’s award-winning materials management (sorting, recycling, composting) programs.

PHOTO: Waste Management, the Boston Red Sox and Aramark, celebrated Earth Day 2017 a bit early with a post-game waste sort event at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday afternoon following the Red Sox’ traditional Patriots Day morning game. Volunteers sorted trash inside Fenway Park immediately following the game, and collected 2,178 pounds of recyclables and 221 pounds of organics from trash, which might have otherwise wound up in a Massachusetts landfill.  A typical game day at Fenway generates more than seven tons of trash. Shown in the photo – front row (L-R): Scott Peters, WM; Michael Long, volunteer; Michelle Lee Guiney, WM; Sherri Gonzalez, WM; Susan Casino, volunteer; Lee Casino, volunteer; Robyn Pacini, Boston Red Sox. Back row(L-R): Matthew Guiney, volunteer; James McFarlane, WM; Tim Morin, WM; Jason Kobeda, Major League Baseball; Jonathan Lister, Boston Red Sox.

BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory Unveiled at Newly Constructed Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the Campus of Louisiana State University

Representatives from BASF and LSU participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the BASF Sustainable Living Lab at Louisiana State University.

Representatives from BASF and LSU participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the BASF Sustainable Living Lab at Louisiana State University.

Louisiana State University (LSU) officials joined BASF executives in the public unveiling of the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory on campus. The Lab, which is the first-of-its-kind at LSU and in the Southeast region, is an innovative space that promotes problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions to meet global challenges. As part of BASF’s workforce development and science education efforts in the region, the Lab is the result of a $1 million donation BASF made to LSU Foundation and the College of Engineering first announced in 2014.

“BASF has had an ongoing relationship with LSU and the investment in the BASF Sustainable Living Lab is a natural fit for us” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s site in Geismar. “The Lab promotes innovative research to achieve sustainable solutions, enhances science education for students of all levels and helps foster workforce development opportunities in the Gulf Coast – all of which are at the core of BASF’s mission to create chemistry for a sustainable future.”

BASF’s support of LSU also includes a $100,000 donation to complete the new LSU Career Center, more than $20,000 in annual scholarships to College of Engineering students, and annual summer internship opportunities. In addition, BASF is supporting LSU with several initiatives that focus on sustainability opportunities on campus for students, alumni and the general public. These efforts are establishing LSU as a leader on sustainability in the Southeast region.

“BASF is not just a financial contributor, but a true partner dedicated to the education of students both in and out of the classroom,” Richard J. Koubek, Ph.D., LSU Executive Vice President and Provost, said. “It’s a collaborative relationship that our students benefit from by having enriched educational opportunities that prepare them for the workforce and real world exposure to a company’s approach in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to today’s challenges.”

The Lab is housed in Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the largest freestanding academic building in Louisiana. BASF products were used throughout the construction of the lab, including ceiling tiles, flooring and wall paint. The Lab also features a state-of-the-art communication system that enables virtual participation through webcasting technology.

Read the full press release here.

Ahead of World Water Day, Dow, Richard Childress Racing and University Research Partners Spotlight Importance of Innovation and Collaboration in Arizona

2017.03.20-NewsFeed-Dow WWD-IMAGEIn the race to secure a sustainable water future, leaders from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing (RCR), the University of Arizona and Pima County Wastewater Reclamation met in Tucson to discuss local water challenges and solutions to effectively address water scarcity.

Coinciding with World Water Day, which takes place March 22, the event brought together industry, business, government and academic representatives to explore how alliances and collaborations can further advance technology, processes and strategies that conserve, reclaim and renew resources. Attendees toured the University of Arizona’s Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center after hearing speeches by prominent national and local figures. They then met with researchers, professors and graduate students in a range of interactive research, analytic, character, sensory and wet labs.

“Innovation and collaboration are key to finding sustainable paths forward for society,” remarked Neil Hawkins, corporate vice president and chief sustainability officer at Dow. “Water in the Southwest is a great example of a significant challenge, but one where win-win-win solutions are possible if all the right stakeholders come together with a commitment to collaboration. Dow is pleased to work with University of Arizona, local leaders, and the NASCAR team to help deliver a more sustainable society.”

Austin Dillon, 2-time NASCAR champion, welcomed the crowd with an invigorating speech on water conservation. As an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, Dillon stressed the importance of water resources to individuals and communities alike –whether it be used to light up our cities, manufacture automobiles, and power our own bodies. He then unveiled the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet’s new World Water Day paint scheme. The car will compete in the Camping World 500 in Phoenix on March 19.

“I have always loved fishing, boating and being outdoors near the water,” said Dillon. “World Water Day reminds us that we need to do our part to conserve and recycle resources so that everyone can enjoy it.”

Providing the foundation for the event, the WEST Center brings together diverse groups to address the nation’s growing water and energy needs through research and technology. Dr. Kimberly Espy, senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona noted, “Since its inception, the WEST Center has been a hub for expert researchers across academia, government, and industry to collaboratively address a diverse set of grand challenges in sustainability. Through synergies with world-class companies, such as Dow, we’re able to tackle the water challenges in arid environments like our own Sonoran Desert and beyond.”

Read the full release here.