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The green building community is rooting for the Eagles this NFL post-season

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Greenbuild 2013 meets Greenbuild 2014 when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend, and much of the green building community will be cheering for the team in green.

We’re not partial to the disruptive offense of rookie coach Chip Kelly. And we certainly have no gripes with the Saints, who had a strong presence at this year’s Green Sports Alliance Summit. It’s that Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles and host of tomorrow’s game, recently became the second NFL stadium to achieve LEED certification. (Sadly, neither the Chicago Bears nor Baltimore Ravens, both of which play in LEED-certified stadiums, made the playoffs this year.)

The sports industry is a powerful catalyst for social transformation, and the Eagles are leveraging the opportunity to advance the green building movement. A few of the most robust sustainability initiatives at the Linc include:

  • Committing to improving energy efficiency<em>the recent installation of solar panels and wind turbines places the stadium 32% above the national average in terms of energy efficiency.

  • Partnering with Aramark to create  a green cleaning program<em>72% of their cleaning purchases meet LEED criteria.

  • Purchasing sustainable or compostable products, like serviceware and paper, for over 82% of ongoing consumable materials.

  • Engaging fans through clever signage at the stadium and information and tips available online.

  • Sorting waste before being sent offsite for recycling, composting or incinerating. The Eagles have a 99% landfill diversion rate, with over 86% being recycled or composted.

So, if your team didn’t make the cut, give some thought to an organization that is fostering a healthier, happier and more productive environment—on and off the field.

Thank you to USGBC member company eco evolutions, LEED consultants for the Eagles, for contributing to this article.

 

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William Nutt

Associate, Marketing & Communications U.S. Green Building Council

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