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Football Stadiums Tackle Sustainability and Their Ongoing Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

Football Stadiums Tackle Sustainability and Their Ongoing Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It is well known that within the world of football: “Saturdays” are for College… “Sundays” are for the Pros.  Football is a multi-billion dollar business driving trends across multiple markets with its massive influence.  Environmental Stewardship is one cause that both collegiate and professional football have continued to move the ball forward on.  The company well-known for environmental commercial kitchen solutions, Filta celebrates the NCAAF’s and the NFL’s commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability by increasing landfill diversion rates through recycling, reduction, and reuse efforts.

On Saturdays, the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide from the University of Alabama had a near perfect record at their home field Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2012.  Centerplate who manages the majority of food service for Bryant-Denny Stadium, turned to local Filta Franchise Owner, JJ Paul to manage the cooking oil and deep fryers.  It is his responsibility to ensure the stadium’s cooking oil and fryers are in top shape from event to event.

The services provided to the University have generated some impressive results.  The Stadium now uses 4,200 fewer pounds of oil than it previously did.  The reduction in oil consumption saves money, but it also creates a measurable reduction in environmental impact.  To give you some perspective – that saves 8.6 acres of land, 6.1 million gallons of water and reduces carbon emissions by a whopping 3,287 pounds – that is the equivalent of planting 470 trees.  The Green advantage clearly goes to the home team.

On Sundays, the Philadelphia Eagles owner Christina Weiss Lurie was recently presented with the Environmental Leadership Award for a member of the sports industry that has demonstrated leadership in Environmental Sustainability.  In 2012, the Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field were able to divert 99% of the waste they produced from landfill.  Local Filta Owner, Allen Whitehead is increasing the 2013 season waste diversion by reducing the consumption of cooking oil up to 50% using Filta’s exclusive micro-filtration process.

Like the Eagles, Filta works alongside other NFL teams and stadiums to promote their NFL Green initiatives.  Another example is the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons that saved 21,900 pounds of cooking oil which resulted in a net savings of $10,016 during the 2012 season.  The environmental impact and reduction in carbon footprint was equivalent to planting 2,352 trees.

Whether it’s the NCAAF, or the NFL, Filta works off the field to reduce cooking usage and provide the teams with a quick return on investment,” said Rob Totten, Filta Sustainability Director.  “It’s good for the teams, the management and the fans.

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