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Title Game’s ‘Green Project’ Aims to Limit Environmental Impact

Bay News 9
By Fallon Silcox, Reporter

Customized CFP recycle bins will be used around Raymond James Stadium on gameday.

Customized CFP recycle bins will be used around Raymond James Stadium on gameday.

There will be plenty of action Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.

  • CFP green project aims to limit envirnomental impact from title game
  • In addition to recycling, food will be repurposed and energy will be renewed
  • College Football Championship Tampa 

But there also has been plenty of action behind the scenes as there has been a “green” push on for the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

The initiative is a project started by the College Football Playoff to make sure the Bay area environment is not impacted negatively by the big game.

“What we’re trying to do is address all the different environmental impacts of the game,” said Jack Groh with Playoff Green Project. “We address things like food waste, solid waste, green energy, we do some work with urban forestry, too, and material donation.

“All the beautiful stuff that you’re going to see all over the Tampa Bay area. The décor and all the stuff built up, all that gets donated to local nonprofits so it can be repurposed and reused.”

Part of that is customized CFP recycle bins that will been seen around Raymond James Stadium on gameday.

Another part of the environmental effort is to salvage left over food from the events across town during the days leading up to the game. The food will be collected and distributed to local agencies.

“We will send our agency partners to pick it up,” said Jayci Peters with Feeding Tampa Bay. “So the fact this is a week long initiative and it’ll wrap up next Monday, it’s just going to be a really big week for the Food Bank. I know for the National Championship game coming into town, it’s a big deal and hunger is a big issue in our community.”

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P&G Pledges Zero Manufacturing Waste by 2020

Environmental Leader

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Procter & Gamble says it will eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020.

P&G won’t put a dollar amount on its planned invest in recycling and reuse to achieve this goal. A spokesperson told Environmental Leader that P&G anticipates savings once it eliminates all manufacturing waste.

Previously, the company said it has saved almost $2 billion through waste and energy costs since 2007.

The company says 56 percent of its production sites globally send zero manufacturing waste to landfill. Over the next four years P&G will have to eliminate or reuse about 650,000 metric tons of waste to achieve its zero waste goal.

P&G plans to do this by ensuring all incoming materials are: converted into finished product, recycled internally or externally, or re-used in alternative ways through partnerships.

For example, in Lima, Ohio, liquid waste from products like Tide and Gain are being converted to alternative fuels sources to power vehicles. Non-recyclable plastic laminate materials from plants in Mandideep and Baddi, India are shredded and pressed into low-cost building panels. And in China, production waste from one facility is composted as “nutritional soil” for local parks while waste from another facility is used as a raw material to make bricks.

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Detroit Lions Director of Facilities Named 2017 Facility Executive of the Year

Congrats to our member, the Detroit Lions, for this outstanding accomplishment!


Facility Executive magazine has announced that Fred Reddig, director of facilities for Ford Field, the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions football team, has been selected as the magazine’s 2017 Facility Executive of the Year.

Now in its 15th year, this award recognizes an individual for outstanding performance in their work on particular projects as well as for the broader impact they are making for their organizations. Reddig and his recent work that is focused on sustainability and improved operations will be profiled in the February 2017 issue of Facility Executive.

“This award shines the spotlight on an outstanding member of the fast-paced, evolving facility management profession,” says Anne Cosgrove, Facility Executive Editor-in-Chief. “It is our honor to share the accomplishments of Fred Reddig with other members of the facility management profession. Since 2015, several projects headed by Fred have resulted in a nearly 20% reduction in electricity use at Ford Field. The upcoming article examines Fred’s approach to these projects that have helped to deliver the significant energy reductions.”

Working at Ford Field since 2014, Reddig’s projects at the stadium include LED lighting installations around the Detroit Lions playing field, throughout concourses, and in parking lots. Improvements to cooling towers and the chiller plant have contributed to two million gallons of water saved in 2016. And rather than replace the domed roof atop Ford Field, in 2016 Reddig decided to perform a restoration, preventing existing roof materials from going to landfill.

Read the full press release here.