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Philadelphia Eagles On Winning 1/2 of GSB’s “Best Team On/Greenest Team Off Field” Award for 2018

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

Solar array, topped by Eagle talon-shaped wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Lewis Blaustein)

Solar array, topped by Eagle talon-shaped wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Lewis Blaustein)

2018 was a banner year for the Philadelphia Eagles, on the field and off. The team won its first Super Bowl, knocking off the heavily favored New England Patriots, 41-33 in an “instant classic.” Off the field, the Eagles further burnished their reputation as Green-Sports pioneers by earning ISO 20121 (sustainable events) and LEED Gold certifications.

For those reasons, Philadelphia earned GreenSportsBlog’s BEST TEAM ON/GREENEST TEAM OFF FIELD designation for 2018, sharing it with MLS champions Atlanta United. Eagles Team President Don Smolenski offered a reaction.

The Philadelphia Eagles are true Green-Sports Founding Fathers, having launched their Go Green!sustainability initiative way back in 2003 when they moved into Lincoln Financial Field. Since then, club management has often led the way on a myriad of Green-Sports innovations, including:

  • Highly-visible renewable energy: Fans cannot miss The Linc’s 11,000+ solar panels, many of which adorn the highly visible east wall of the stadium adjacent to I-95, and the 14 wind turbines, shaped like Eagles talons, atop the stadium roof. Around four megawatts of clean energy is generated per year, accounting for roughly 33 percent of the stadium’s annual energy usage. The remaining energy is covered by the purchase of renewable energy credits, allowing the organization to be completely “off the grid.”
  • Recycling and composting: Since 2003, the Eagles’ recycling and composting programs have diverted close to 4,000 tons of waste from landfills. These include the installation of two bio-digesters to help decompose pre-consumer food waste.
  • Water conservation: Management installed 15 water filtration fountains at both Lincoln Financial Field and the nearby NovaCare (training) Complex, eliminating the use of more than 154,000 water bottles since 2015.
  • Reforestation: In partnership with The Conservation Fund, 100 percent of all team travel is offset through the “Go Zero” program, which is focused on tree planting and reforestation funding. Since 2007, the team has planted more than 5,900 trees, including at the 6.5 acre “Eagles Forest” in Bensalem, PA.

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Lincoln Financial Field Awarded LEED Gold Certification

By PhiladelphiaEagles.com

John Geliebter/Philadelphia Eagles

John Geliebter/Philadelphia Eagles

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Philadelphia Eagles announced today that Lincoln Financial Field has become LEED Gold certified. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“Reaching LEED Gold status is a tremendous accomplishment for our organization,” said Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “Since opening Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, we have been steadfast in our commitment to sustainable business practices. The LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council is another proof point of the many positive steps we have taken in this important area. We hope that our continued efforts in this space inspire other organizations to adopt and embrace sustainable management practices, including green energy production, water and energy conservation, recycling and composting.”

Lincoln Financial Field achieved LEED Gold certification for 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. The organization tracked its performance in Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform that benchmarks and measures sustainability impact. Lincoln Financial Field initially certified LEED Silver in 2013.

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Future In Waste Management, Says Activist

By Sheenam Chandra, SUVA, FijiSun

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Thirty-two-year-old Dwain Qalovaki is a familiar face to organic waste manage­ment and green entrepreneur­ship.

The two-time international award-winning sustainability manager said: “My first interna­tional award was from the Inter­national Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016,” he said.

“I was one of three people around awarded for growing in­digenous participation in sustain­able sea transport initiatives.”

Mr Qalovaki is a trustee of the Uto ni Yalo.

“The Uto ni Yalo is a 72-foot, so­lar and wind-powered vessel and we have circumnavigated the world twice and we have been to 15 countries in the Southern and Northern hemispheres,” he said.

“At the Green Entrepreneurship Workshop, my job was to liaise with almost 20 Green Entrepre­neurs about how we create busi­ness opportunities in waste.

“Some of the things was to talk to them about the fact that we need to read the National Indica­tors around statistics.

“It’s not good enough to just do a feel-good piece where we are try­ing to save the environment.”

He has also won a Global Green Sports Alliance in Raka 7s.

Mr Qalovaki said that Naboro landfill, which is the main land­fill for the whole country, accepts 180,000 kilograms of waste every single day.

“The Suva City Council (SCC), being the largest municipality, sends at least 80 per cent organic material,” he said.

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