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Waterless Sponsors Green Sports Alliance Symposium

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VISTA, CA — Waterless Co. Inc., a manufacturer of no-water urinals and other restroom products, is one of a select few of leading organizations, demonstrating their support for the Green Sports Alliance by sponsoring its next major symposium.

This will be the ASU Sports & Sustainability Symposium to be held Thursday, January 17 at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium.

Among those attending will be regional and national sports professionals, collegiate sports teams, as well as the owners and managers of sports stadiums throughout the U.S.

The goal of the event, according to the Green Sports Alliance, is to explore ways that businesses, public leaders, sports venues, and athletes can work together to advance healthier more sustainable communities throughout the country.

“This year one of the highlights of the program will be its focus on ways the sports industry can use water more efficiently,” said Klaus Reichardt, President and CEO of Waterless Co. “As a supporting member of the Green Sports Alliance we want to be part of their growing emphasis on water-related issues for stadiums and sports facilities.”

Most mid- to large-sized sports venues use millions of gallons of water each year, mainly for landscaping, in restrooms, for cleaning, and food preparation. Further, some sporting events use even more water. For instance, according to the New York Times, teams that are part of the National Hockey League have historically used more than 300 million gallons of water each season.

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Twin Cities Charities Divert Tons of Waste From Super Bowl

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Twin Cities nonprofits have kept the Super Bowl leftovers from landfills. 

 

he Salvation Army is acting as a distribution hub for Super Bowl LII leftovers. Above, marketing director Michelle Wong with some of the donated items and food.

The Salvation Army is acting as a distribution hub for Super Bowl LII leftovers. Above, marketing director Michelle Wong with some of the donated items and food. Photo Source: Star Tribune

What could have become a giant dump of Super Bowl leftovers from U.S. Bank Stadium, the Convention Center and Nicollet Mall is instead being reused and repurposed by more than 20 local charities.

The Salvation Army has collected more than 1 million square feet of mesh fencing, banners and carpeting used before and during the Super Bowl and is distributing the materials to other local charities.

Then there’s the miscellaneous — the Kitten Bowl set, pallets of hand warmers, food and beverages, and supplies such as desks, pens, pencils and Post-it notes for more than 100 offices in the temporary headquarters.

“No one wants to take those supplies back with them, so we donate them to charities to use in classrooms,” said Jack Groh, director of the NFL Environmental Program, which facilitates the material recovery project. “It’s more than 2,000 pounds of supplies.”

More than 16 months ago, the National Football League’s Environmental Program began building a network of charities to use Super Bowl leftovers instead of sending them to the landfill.

“We’re the first pro sports league to do this,” Groh said. ”The initiative started 25 years ago and now we do it at major sports events like the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl and the draft.”

The Twin Cities Salvation Army took the lead by acting as a distribution hub for nearly all the items. It used most of its fleet of 18 donation trucks to collect the materials from four major sites and transported it to its warehouse and store at 900 N. 4th St. in Minneapolis. From there, the other 21 charities could pick up what was useful for them.

“It’s an enormous amount of stuff,” said Tom Canfield, administrator of operations for Twin Cities Salvation Army.

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Indiana Pacers Celebrate “Sustainability Week” with Republic Services & Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

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Indiana Pacers “Sustainability Week”. Photo Credit: Frank McGrath/Indiana Pacers.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers, Republic Services and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) have teamed up for Sustainability Week!

To encourage all to be more environmentally conscious, the Pacers and Republic Services want to set an example as they continue to work to improve the environmental performance of the Pacers organization as well as help spread the message to fans. Sustainability addresses environmental conservation policies within the team’s offices and educates fans on ways they can lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

In addition, through NBA Green, the NBA has partnered with the Green Sports Alliance to generate awareness and funds for protecting the environment. The NBA is taking steps to be more environmentally friendly and will continue to explore ways of reducing its impact on the environment through community outreach programs, generating awareness among fans and greening its operations.

During Pacers Sustainability Week (March 18-25), the Pacers, Republic Services and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will take part in sustainability efforts throughout Central Indiana that include the Threes for Trees promotion, Sustainability Night and Day of Service, all designed to support environmental organizations and encourage fans to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Threes for Trees Promotion
During Pacers Sustainability Week, the Pacers have committed to planting one tree for every three-pointer made during all homes games throughout the week (March 19, 23 and 25).

The trees will be planted throughout Indianapolis with the help of KIB and Pacers Sports & Entertainment staff. Together, the organizations will enrich areas where people live and work, helping to sustain the environment and provide a blue planet for generations to come. Fans can check out the Threes for Trees Tree “counter” at the Pacers game and follow the action online with #3sforTrees.and follow the action online with #3sforTrees.

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