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2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open Zero Waste Event Advances Sustainability Success

Press Release from Waste Management

World’s largest golf tournament achieves zero waste validation for third consecutive year; continues to elevate sustainability efforts and results

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 21, 2015– Waste Management (NYSE: WM) announced that the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) diverted 100 percent of tournament waste away from landfills for the third consecutive year.

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According to the Company’s WMPO 2015 Sustainability Report, in addition to achieving a zero waste validation, Waste Management improved the tournament’s overall sustainability results at the “Greenest Show on Grass” amid a record 564,368 attendees.

“We took our sustainability efforts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to a whole new level this year, and it showed in the results,” said Michele Grossman, managing principal for Waste Management Sustainability Services. “We continue to advance our efforts year after year to show the sporting world – and the rest of the world – that ‘green’ is possible.”

Waste Management’s sustainability results are validated by two outside parties – the Council for Responsible Sport and UL Environment. For three years in a row, WMPO earned UL Environment’s highest landfill diversion rate designation, Zero Waste to Landfill Operations, with 10% incineration with energy recovery in 2014 and 2015, and 12% in 2013.

“Waste Management continues to take a leadership role in modeling sustainable event management practices, which we hope will become the industry standard going forward,” said Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager for UL Environment. “The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open’s achievement in obtaining UL’s landfill diversion claim validation for the best-attended golf event in the world demonstrates a level of commitment which will inspire ongoing positive change in this market space and beyond.”

Additionally, the Council for Responsible Sport elevated the tournament’s two-year certification from Gold to Evergreen status, making the Waste Management Phoenix Open the largest event and the first PGA TOUR tournament to achieve Evergreen certification. “The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open is indicative of the highest level of accomplishment in sports event production, and demonstrates true leadership on both corporate and civic levels,” said Keith Peters, executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport.

Waste Management operated under a standard for sustainable events management, which defines the requirements to ensure an enduring and balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress relating to events.

Other initiatives that contributed to the tournament’s improved sustainability:

  • The WMPO Water Campaign, a water conservation initiative in collaboration with Change the Course, raised funds to restore 35 million gallons of water to the Colorado River Basin and Verde River.
  • More than 30,000 pounds of unused, perishable food from the tournament was donated to charities including Waste Not Perishable Food Rescue & Delivery and Church on the Street.
  • Along with Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, Waste Management collected and donated 25,239 pounds of tournament materials and 682 pounds of vinyl fence signage, most of which Waste Management had reused outdoors since the 2010 event.

To view the 2015 WMPO case study video, please visit https://youtu.be/Mx1ruCpYu7c.

The Zero Waste Challenge

In the fourth year of the tournament’s Zero Waste Challenge, Waste Management expanded vendor and fan education of proper waste sorting. Once again, there were no trash receptacles on the golf course, only recycling and compost bins for all public and back-of-house operations.

Waste Management repurposed and transformed large roll-off containers into eye-catching Zero Waste Stations where fans could engage with volunteers to help collect food and beverage materials.

Waste Management’s Partnership with the Phoenix Open

Waste Management has been a partner of the Phoenix Open for 15 years, providing waste, recycling, and portable restroom services. As the title sponsor, Waste Management, in partnership with the PGA TOUR and The Thunderbirds, is dedicated to making the Waste Management Phoenix Open the greenest tournament on the PGA TOUR. The tournament has also become a major platform for Waste Management Think Green solutions, including the Four Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.


Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

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Oracle Arena Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

September 17th, OAKLAND, CA – AEG Facilities managed Oracle Arena announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

38_OracleArena_FloorLogo“Ensuring that we have a positive impact on the Oakland/ Alameda County community and our environment is extremely important to us” said Krystle von Puschendorf, Sustainability Programs Manager for Oracle Arena, “We are proud to have achieved LEED certification and are dedicated to running an environmentally friendly operation here in Oakland.”

To become LEED certified Oracle Arena made a number of impactful environmentally friendly upgrades throughout the venue, for example, replacing all 30% recycled paper with 100% recycled paper and using all 100% post-consumer recycled paper products in restrooms. Additionally Oracle Arena created recycling stations throughout the office for e-waste, installed low flow aerators for water conservation, partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel, implemented ORBIO Sc-5000 which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create a cleaning solution versus using chemicals, retrofitted the arena, replacing all arena lighting with low energy fixtures and lamps as well as motion sensors in key areas to provide energy savings of more than $80,000 a month.

“It’s been a goal of AEG Facilities to achieve LEED Certification for Oracle Arena with the enthusiastic support of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board” said Chris Wright, Vice President and General Manager, “we are constantly looking for ways to make our operation more eco-efficient and will continue to identify future projects that are in line with our goals.”

Oracle Arena achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like AEG Facilities Oakland, Oracle Arena are addressing it through local solutions.”

About Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum
Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, managed by AEG Facilities, are the premiere sports and entertainment complexes in Northern California. Home of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics as well as host to concerts, family shows and special events. Additional information on Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, including a complete schedule of events can be found online at www.coliseum.com.

Dutch Eredivisie Tops 2015 Responsiball Rankings

Responsiball, created five years ago to assess the level of social responsibility for clubs in the top division of 19 major soccer leagues around the globe, recently released the 2015 edition of its annual rankings and report. Taking the top spot for the first time, the Netherlands topped this year’s list thanks to the efforts of the clubs competing in the Eredivisie.


The rankings evaluate clubs in the major leagues on three main social responsibility pillars — Governance, Community, and Environment. In the realm of environmental stewardship, the report demonstrates that clubs around the globe have historically directed their energy toward sound economic and operational management and comprehensive community engagement instead of sustainable practices. (The average Environment score is seven percent, one-fourth the mean score for Governance and slightly more than one-fifth the Community average.)

“Organisations are taking a lot more responsibility for the value they contribute to society,” said Ezra de Korte, a consultant with Better Future and a trainer at the René Meulensteen Academy. “If we take a look at the football clubs, we have observed a strong growth with respect to the development of communities. Clubs and federations are becoming more aware of their role and purpose in society.”



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