Philadelphia Eagles / Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia Eagles / Lincoln Financial Field

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Michigan State University is positioning itself to begin work on a new anaerobic digester, this system will help re-use waste from MSU’s farms and dining halls, and create energy for some on-campus buildings. An anaerobic digester is a sealed tank, deprived of oxygen, in which organic waste is degraded at an elevated temperature. This will allow the waste material to decompose quickly and produce methane which can then be captured and used as fuel.
The St. Louis Rams are partnering with St. Louis based Microgrid Solar for help in greening their operations, from recycling and waste reduction, to energy efficiency and the use of recycled materials. Microgrid will be handling an “Energy Makeover”, part of this will include many projects that are aimed at reducing energy costs, while also contributing to the Rams Green Initiative. “For the Rams, pursuing these opportunities fits with our green efforts, but it is also a smart operations decision that saves the organization on energy costs.”
Is there anyone that would think the NFL would be an industry embracing environmentally friendly practices, what with soaring stadiums, huge screens and lights, and piles of food wrappers left behind by fans. However, they are doing just that. Teams are starting new programs and ramping up on existing ones, like the Philadelphia Eagles recycling programs. The Detroit Lions incorporated part of an old warehouse into the construction of their new stadium in downtown Detroit. And, they used 20 Million pounds of recycled steel along with building a parking lot partially out of recycled rubber.
Intercollegiate athletics has consistently played a role in uniting people for a common cause. One of the most recent is the role it is playing in developing sustainability ventures to help with environmental causes — methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources, and allow them to last for a long time. In 2011, Ohio State made a goal of reaching zero waste for its football games that would regualry draw more than 100,000 fans to Ohio Stadium. The Zero Waste Alliance defines the achievement as diverting more than 90 percent of waste from landfills through recycling and composting.
Being located in an area where the sun shines more than 300 days a year works advantageously for Arizona State when it comes to sustainability efforts. Nine of the program’s athletics facilities are equipped with an array of solar panels that harness energy from the sun. The solar-powered venues include Wells Fargo Arena (home for Sun Devils basketball), the Weatherup Center (basketball practice facility), the Verde Dickey Dome (football indoor practice facility), the Farrington Softball Stadium and parking structures around campus.