5 NFL Football Stadiums Score Big on Efficiency

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September kicks off the start of another football season. And, while most fans will be focused on what’s happening on-the-field, there’s another storyline already forming off of it. Many NFL stadiums are scoring big on energy savings and tackling waste at the same time—adding even more value to the game day experience.

Green your tailgating, no matter your school’s colors

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What happens when you get 92,000 people together in one place on a Saturday before a football game? Tailgating is one of the most fun parts of watching a football game (both college and pro), but it isn’t one of the most environmentally friendly. Have you ever seen what those parking lots and lawns look like after a game?

Even when trashcans are provided, trash is littered everywhere. The residents, cities and schools end up spending lots of time trying to clean up the trash from the event. Even with recycling programs in place, all the recyclables never seem to end up in the right collection bin.

However, there are some practical ways that fans can green their tailgating and still have fun. Ready to find out how? Green 32, green 32 … set … hike.

‘Zero-Waste’ Efforts May Lead Sports Stadiums Astray, Study Suggests

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Sporting venues interested in reducing GHG emissions, energy use, and trips to the landfill may actually be shortchanging themselves by focusing too closely on the concept of reaching “zero waste,” according to researchers at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Rather, two specific aspects of waste reduction seem to far outweigh the rest in terms of reducing emissions or energy use: eliminating edible food waste, and recycling.

Philadelphia Eagles to Manage Large Spikes in Food Waste Volume with Waste Digesters

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The Philadelphia Eagles will soon have a new way to dispose of food waste with the installation of a food waste digester and data analytics platform at the team’s Lincoln Financial Field. The team installed a waste digester at its practice facility in September, 2016, and since then it has decomposed – and thus diverted from landfill – more than 9 tons of food waste.

Researchers working with sports venues to make them ‘greener,’ sustainable

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Ecosystem and bioproduct researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are working with professional sports franchises to make their venues “greener” and reduce the environmental impact of their events.

Attaining the goal of sending no materials to landfills after sporting events — instead composting some refuse left by crowds and recycling the rest — is as much a challenge of changing the culture and behavior of the fans as it is developing new, biodegradable packaging and eating utensils, according to Judd Michael, professor in the departments of Ecosystem Science and Management and Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Can sustainable stadiums be a better deal for cities and environment?

Read the full story in Curbed.

Stadiums, specifically when it comes to funding and construction, can often be bad deals for cities. Manystudies and reports have argued that publicly subsidizing new and expanded stadiums often isn’t a good deal for the public.

In Washington, D.C., a new project suggests there many be other, more sustainable ways to help finance new stadiums that offer additional benefits beyond a new place to play.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Brings Back Lead Ammo In Parks And Refuges

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

As the internet freaked out over Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke riding a horse to his first day on the new job Thursday, environmental activists expressed outrage over one of his first actions: overturning a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3346, which repeals a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directive the Obama administration issued the day before President Donald Trump took office barring the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle in national parks and wildlife refuges. Zinke also signed an order to expand hunting, fishing and recreation access on federal lands.

For a better understanding of the problem, see Lead Bullet Risks for Wildlife & Humans. For lead-free options, see Army’s eco-friendly quest breeds more deadly bullet.