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Seahawks and Delta Air Lines Partner on Continued Sustainability Efforts

Delta Air Lines
By Liz Savadelis

Photo Credit: Delta Air Lines

Photo Credit: Delta Air Lines

RENTON, Wash. – As part of the Seattle Seahawks’ ongoing sustainability efforts, Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline of the Seahawks, has offset carbon emissions from the miles the Seahawks traveled during the 2017 season by purchasing 1,080 carbon credits from Cedar Grove Composting.

The Seahawks traveled approximately 25,688 miles for road games during the 2017 regular season on Delta charter flights, which ranks sixth in the NFL. Delta’s carbon offset program, which launched in 2007, was the first offered by a U.S. carrier to allow travelers to offset travel emissions by investing in environmentally-friendly projects around the world.

“Being a good steward of the environment in the communities we serve is a core value of Delta’s and is especially important to our Pacific Northwest customers,” said Tony Gonchar, Delta’s Vice President – Seattle. “We are proud to deliver on this commitment through our carbon offsets program and to bring our commitment to sustainability together with our great partners at the Seahawks.”

The Seahawks divert approximately 16.4 tons of food waste from landfills per home game at CenturyLink Field, and that material goes to Cedar Grove Composting to be produced into compost. By diverting food waste materials from landfills, no methane gas is generated and is instead converted into nutrient-rich soil to be used across the region in school gardens, stormwater management projects and more. In October 2017, the Seahawks and First & Goal Hospitality (FGH) announced a partnership with Cedar Grove Composting and Sound Sustainable Farms to grow a custom menu of organic vegetables in compost to be served on gameday at the stadium.

CenturyLink Field continues to be one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable sports and entertainment facilities in the world. Earlier this month, CenturyLink Field earned a “WasteWise” award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce waste and save resources.

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The GSB GreenSportsBlog Interview: Carlie Bullock-Jones of Ecoworks Studios

Lew Blaustein
GreenSportsBlog

Below is an excerpt from GreenSportsBlog’s interview with Carlie Bullock-Jones of Ecoworks Studio, who is also a featured speaker in the Green Sports Alliance January 31st webinar: Venue Design In-Depth: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Carlie Bullock-Jones (Photo credit: Ecoworks Studio)

Carlie Bullock-Jones (Photo credit: Ecoworks Studio)

The GSB Interview: Carlie Bullock-Jones of Ecoworks Studio; Helping Stadia and Arenas Earn LEED Gold or Platinum Status

Mercedes-Benz Stadium_dusk_8_30_17Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Last month, Mercedes-Benz Stadium became the first pro stadium to earn LEED Platinum certification. For that honor and more, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, won GreenSportsBlog’s Greenest New Stadium/Arena of 2017 award. How the stadium became a Green-Sports beacon is an interesting story. To get the inside scoop on that project and more, we talked to Carlie Bullock-Jones, CEO of sustainability consulting firm Ecoworks Studios, which helped Mercedes-Benz Stadium achieve Platinum status.
Excerpt:

GSB: I imagine that the high profile nature of stadia and arenas would make the vendors that architects and builders employ want to be a part of the LEED-ification movement.

CBJ: No doubt about it. The move to LEED at sports venues has been a great way to leverage conversations with materials manufacturers — paints, carpets and adhesives are just three examples — to come up with more environmentally friendly, healthy offerings.

GSB: So I get that sports stadium developers and designers of convention centers increasingly were interested in getting LEED certification five or six years ago. What drove some of them, in more recent years, to go for Gold — or Platinum for that matter?

CBJ: Well, there was interest among big public space projects in LEED Gold and Platinum even back to the early part of this decade. But the general thought was that doing so was too expensive. It took visionaries to break through that way of thinking, like Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons…

GSB: …Along with Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers with Levi’s Stadium and Vivek Ranadive, owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings with Golden 1 Center

CBJ: …to see the value in LEED Gold or Platinum. I can speak to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium case as I worked on that project. Mr. Blank said “we’re going for LEED Platinum” early on in the process and he and his team never wavered. The project team saw that sustainability-oriented companies, who might not have become stadium sponsors otherwise, saw Platinum as a reason to sign on…

 

Read the full interview here.

CU Boulder Hosts K-12 Students to Connect Climate and Sports

CU Boulder Today

On Dec. 13, the CU Environmental Center hosted a Climate & Sports Student Summit on the CU Boulder campus. Climate & Sports Student Summits (CSSS) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to “create spaces where youth can be inspired by professional athletes, the sports culture and each other to become sustainable change agents in their communities.”

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Over 80 local elementary, middle and high school students from Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain School District experienced an action-packed day of education and inspiration at the CU Recreation Center, a LEED Platinum-certified building and one of CU’s greenest facilities.

Boulder-based professional climber, adventure athlete and National Geographic explorer Matt Segal shared stories of his climate and science adventures with students. Youth climate organizers such as Ruby Rorty, a high school student and founder of the Santa Cruz Environmental Alliance, shared their paths to climate action with their peers.

“It’s so magical to see the energy and excitement the students take from seeing the amazing things that young people like themselves have been able to accomplish. The athletes get so much out of seeing the students’ enthusiasm, and the students are so inspired to see that their role models care so much about climate change,” said Linda Gancitano, summit organizer and former USA women’s soccer team member.

As part of the Green Sports Alliance Summit last summer, CSSS created similar summits for K-12 students in Miami, Florida, with the Miami Heat and in Sacramento, California, with the Sacramento Kings.

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