WSPPN Newsletter - January 2015
In This Issue
Eco-Tips for Super Bowl Party
Receive P2 Certificate for 2014
P2 Impact Articles
Author a P2 Article
Haz Waste Webinar
Patriots Sustainability Practices
Seahawks Sustainability Practices
University of Phoenix Sustainability
Vote on Greenest Team!
Eco-Tips for Hosting Your Superbowl Party
(reprinted with ADEQ permission) 

If you're throwing a party at home, you can help prevent pollution by following these eco-tips. 
No matter which team you're cheering for, you can win in green.

Create paperless invitations. Send electronic invites to your guests. Not only will it reduce paper waste, but it's free, faster than snail mail, and gives your quests the option of replying electronically.

Purchase sustainable paperware or use reusable dishes. When purchasing tableware for the big game, try to select biodegradable products and check your local supermarket or look online at sites such as Branch for compostable silverware. Also, instead of serving drinks in plastic cups, offer your guests beverages in a souvenir mug.

Reuse and save your decorations to aim for zero waste. Reuse old footballs, helmets and other sports gear as decoration. Remember to save everything for next year's big game. Consider making your own decorations from items you have at home. Paint used soup cans or glass jars with your favorite teams and use them as caddies for your silverware. You can turn your table into a football field by using a green table cloth and some white tape.

Avoid using bottled water and single serving beverages that create lots of waste. Fill a pitcher with water or your home made drinks such as ice tea.

Encourage your guests to carpool, take public transit or bike if feasible to reduce their carbon footprint.

Consider alternatives to buying a new TV. A marketing survey found that more than four million people planned to buy a new TV to watch the game in 2014. See if you can co-host with a friend who has a large TV, or consider renting one just for the game. If you are going to buy a new TV, make sure it is Energy Star rated and recycle or donate your old TV.

Recycle, Recycle. Don't end up with trash bags the size of a noseguard. If you compost, your empty cardboard pizza boxes can be thrown onto the pile, but make sure to cut them into smaller pieces first.

For more eco-tips, see the ADEQ webpage.


Join P2 Certificate Program Now-- Receive Credit for 2014
WSPPN is giving P2 Certificates for CY 2014. This is your last chance to receive non-accredited hours for webinars, seminars and other trainings attended in 2014. But you must sign up to participate.

P2 Impact Article

January 12 - In her article, Smart strategies to go green can improve your health, author Jean Waters asks the reader to consider the life cycle of products they purchase, just as they look at nutrition labels to choose healthy foods.

Be an author for the P2 Impact Column 2015
Each year P2Rx solicits articles for its monthly P2 Impact Column for GreenBiz.  If you are interested in contributing an article, please send an email to by January 30. Include a brief paragraph of the planned article theme, length, focus, and topics covered. Include a short biography of the author including P2 experience.
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This week (January 26 through January 30) is EPA's Green Sports Action Week. The purpose of Green Sports Action Week is to celebrate and motivate green actions in sports - from athletes to facilities to fan's homes. See EPA's Green Sports page for info about why and how to green operations.  The Green Sports Alliance Resource Page provides resources on a number of green topics. PPRC's Greening Sports Directory connects you with resources on greening your sports facility operations.

The XLIX Super Bowl is Sunday, February 1.  Be sure to read the eco-tips from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for how to green your Super Bowl party.

This issue of the WSPPN newsletter outlines some of the pollution prevention actions taken by this year's Super Bowl contenders, the Patriots and the Seahawks, to green their stadiums and operations.  You will have a chance to compare their activities with the greening activities of the University of Phoenix stadium, venue for the XLIX Super Bowl. Afterward, take a poll to determine who wins the greenest team award. While this poll won't predict the outcome of this year's Super Bowl, we will determine the fan favorite for the greenest team.
Share your P2 program news with folks in the network.  Send to in February content you would like to see published in the March 2015 newsletter.
Webinar:  "Managing Hazardous Waste in 2015" - January 29 at 10:30 a.m. PST

Back by popular demand, Roland Fornoff from the University of Nevada Business Environmental Program will present a 90-minute hazardous waste training hosted by the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN), the State of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Green Business Program.   

This information is valuable to any business in the nation looking to improve their environmental management and businesses that are considering participation in green businesses programs.
Managing Hazardous Waste in 2015: Improving your Environmental Management  
Thursday, January 29, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST 
For more details and to register:
New England Patriots Sustainability Practices

(Excerpts taken from Patriot Place website)
Patriot Place is a 1.3 million sq. ft. super regional lifestyle destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. A 525-kilowatt photovoltaic system was installed atop Patriot Place generating clean, renewable power.  The system encompasses 2,556 solar panels and will generate more than 625,000 kilowatt hours per year or 30% of the energy consumed by the plaza, including the neighboring entertainment, retail and dining locations.  The system is expected to generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years and prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide - equivalent to taking 1,600 passenger cars off the road. 


Sustainable design practices were also used during the construction of these panels including use of low-emitting construction materials, a wastewater reuse system that conserves water and solar-powered trash receptacles. The project was largely developed over existing parking lots - resulting in only a 2 percent increase in disturbed area.  All material from excavation and regrading reused on site as fill. 


Constellation NewEnergy, which has an existing power agreement to serve Gillette Stadium, reports that it will secure Wind RECs to match the stadium's electricity use before, during and after all New England Patriots home games.


In December 2014, Patriot Place conserved the following resources:
  • 230,458 kW-hrs of electricity - Enough to power 19 homes for a full year
  • 2,085 gallons of oil - Enough energy to heat and cool 10 homes for a full year
  • 481 gallons of gasoline - Enough gasoline to drive 13,474 miles
  • 241 mature trees - Enough to produce 2,981,034 sheets of newspaper
  • 140,350 gallons of water - Enough to meet the fresh water needs of 7,485 people for a year
  • 190 cubic yards of landfill airspace - Enough airspace to meet the disposal needs of a community of 2,924 people

More information about sustainability practices at Patriot Place.  

Seattle Seahawks Sustainability Practices 

(excerpts taken from case study on NRDC website 
In May 2011, the Seattle Seahawks, First & Goal Inc. (FGI) and Sounders Football Club professional sports teams announced the installation of an enormous solar array on the roof of the
CenturyLink Field Event Center that can host up to 72,000 people. The solar installation covers over 2.5 acres, across 80% of the Event Center roof and consists of 3,750 thin-film solar panels manufactured in the U.S. The facility is equipped with a "cool roof" that conserves energy by reducing heat absorption through the roof, lowering building cooling costs.

Construction of the CenturyLink Field also provided training opportunities and clean energy jobs for local tradespeople.


  • Solar Installation to Generate = 
    830,000 kWh  (or the equivalent of providing enough electricity to power 95 Seattle area homes for one year)
  • Reduce Carbon Emissions = 
    1,346 metric tons of carbon (or the equivalent of planting 278 football fields worth of trees)
  • Water Savings =
    1,342,660 gallons of water (or the equivalent of saving 58,618 gallons of water at every Seahawks game, approximately two gallons per fan)

Seattle Seahawks' sustainability highlights: 


97% of the Kingdome concrete was recycled, with 35% used in the construction of CenturyLink Field. 94% of waste generated at CenturyLink Field and CenturyLink Field Event Center is diverted from landfills.


100% of urinals were retrofitted with ultra-low-flow water fixtures, saving more than 1.3 million gallons of water every year.  That's enough to turn CenturyLink Field into a giant 3-foot-deep swimming pool.

In 2012, 5 million gallons of biodiesel was produced through recycling of used cooking oil (that's a lot of garlic fries). 


On a typical game day, food is donated to Food Lifeline and Operation Sack Lunch. Nearly 4,600 individual meals were donated in 2011 alone-that's 11,000+ pounds of food.


614 recycle and compost bins are located throughout CenturyLink Field. 100% of food containers are compostable and all plastic bottles are recyclable.

More information
about sustainability practices at Centurylink Field Event Center.
Sustainability at the University of Phoenix Stadium

(excerpts taken from ADEQ and Phoenix Stadium websites)
The NFL launched a program for this year's Super Bowl by planting trees in central Phoenix to absorb carbon dioxide to offset the predicted carbon footprint. The tens of thousands of pounds of food that fans will leave uneaten from Super Bowl events will be donated to Waste Not, a non-profit that delivers food to agencies that feed the hungry, as well as schools, after-school programs and senior facilities. 
The host committee has a goal to create zero waste from Super Bowl Central (the 12-block array of beer gardens, concerts, games and other activities in downtown Phoenix) by using composting and recycling. After the game, the NFL plans to donate miles of fence wrap and banner materials to groups that reuse them. Read more.


  • The University of Phoenix Stadium replaced 780 metal halide fixtures with 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures. 
  • The Ephesus system requires 310,000 watts of energy to power as compared to the previous system at 1.24 million watts.
  • The reduced wattage coupled with the lightened load on the air conditioning system, elimination of lighting system maintenance and added efficiency creates an estimated 75% reduction in overall sports lighting energy consumption.
  • Ephesus fixtures continue to maintain 90% of their original out after 10-years with no maintenance as compared to metal halide bulbs degrade by 40% in 18-months.
  • All Ephesus Lighting fixtures are manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A.


  • The stadium's pest control company, Steritech, uses 100% "Green" products in all service and pest control applications.
  • 10% of seating is made from recycled plastic.
  • Use of "Green" friendly cleaning products including hand soap, all cleaning solutions, microfiber mops and rags which preserve water. Use of "Green" products for all toilet tissue and hand towels in restrooms.
  • Use a system of deep cleaning on the concrete area called Hydro-Scrubbing. This system power scrubs and vacuums, using approximately 25% of the water used during power washing, mopping etc.
  • The stadium is set up to be water eco-friendly. Dual flush water saving handles were installed in the most utilized restrooms. In the rest of the facility, there are 1.2 GPF (Gallons Per Flush) urinals and 1.6 GPF toilets.


  • Installed 503 motion sensor lighting controls in areas including: restrooms, offices, storage areas etc.
  • Monitor real time electrical usage with local power company to coordinate peak and low peak demand hours. This provides a guide to optimum usage times, and how to avoid excessive use demand costs.
  • Purchased bicycles to ride in the facility as an alternate to electric or gas powered carts.

For more information about the University of Phoenix Stadium recycling and sustainability practices visit their website.  

Take Poll to Vote On Who Is the Greenest Team!
Its nice to see that the sports world is taking steps to preserve natural resources and to reduce their carbon footprint.  Now that you have reviewed the sustainability practices of the New York Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks and compared them with the Super Bowl XLIX venue, you are ready to vote on who you feel should win the award for being the greenest!
Let's make Region 9 stronger by joining forces to advocate for sustainability and pollution prevention.




Donna Walden

Regional Coordinator, WSPPN

University of Nevada Reno/

Business Environmental Program


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