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September 2017


Philadelphia Eagles Go Green

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New Health Research Conducted at Special Olympics - August 2017

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Tackling the Active Play Deficit - August 2017

Botanical Garden Partners With Businesses on Health - July 2017

Survey Examines Parents' View of Play - July 2017

Kids Swim Free in Tucson This Summer - July 2017

Building Communities to Encourage Physical Activity - June 2017

California Campus Converts Courts to Golf Practice Space - June 2017

Where Are the Nation's Top City Park Systems? - June 2017

KaBOOM! Brings Play to Military Kids - May 2017

USA Basketball Open Court Sessions Get Youths Into the Game - May 2017

Educators Push Legislators to Support Health & Physical Education Programs - May 2017

NFHS Revises Rules for Competitive Spirit Squads - May 2017

Pool & Spa Professionals Fight Immigration Restrictions - April 2017

Grants Available to Boost Dog Parks - April 2017

New Aquatic Management Program Aims to Improve Safety, Efficiency - April 2017

16 Cities Nationwide to Receive Park Improvement Funding - April 2017

Study Confirms: People Pee in Pools - March 2017

Volunteers Get Hands-On History Experience in Virginia - March 2017

Park Hop Inspires Park Usage - March 2017

National Health Campaign Reaches 228,000 Youth in Three Years - March 2017

Outdoor REC Act Signed Into Law - February 2017

Happy 125th B-Day B-Ball! - February 2017

Study Shows Majority—Even Athletes—Are 'Overfat' - February 2017

Gym-Goers Like YMCA Best; Planet Fitness Winning Market Share - February 2017

Georgia State Park Celebrates Its Dark Sky Status - January 2017

Texas Tech Focuses on Functional Fitness - January 2017

Preventing Pool Closings - January 2017

Majority of U.S. Households Visit Attractions - January 2017

City of Henderson Awarded for Water Safety Programs - December 2016

Grant Brings Outdoor Fitness Area to Park - December 2016

Alliance Recommends Actions to Improve Kids' Activity Stats - December 2016

Retractable Enclosures Help YMCAs Cut Costs, Boost Membership - November 2016

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Report: Camping More Popular Than Ever - November 2016

ACSM Predicts 2017 Fitness Trends - November 2016

CDC: More Than One-Quarter of 50-Plus U.S. Adults Don't Exercise - October 2016

Park District Recognized for Collaboration Efforts - October 2016

Americans Support Increased Local Funding for Parks & Rec - October 2016

High School Sports Participation Up for 27th Consecutive Year - October 2016

National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years of Successful Partnerships - October 2016

Study Shows High Obesity Rates Among Student Athletes - September 2016

Forest Service Celebrates 100-Year-Old Campground - September 2016

Study Shows Artificial Turf Composition Influences Injury Prevention - September 2016

By Dave Ramont

When the Philadelphia Eagles unveiled Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie was serious about making their new stadium sustainable—spearheading the team's Go Green program. They started with simple recycling initiatives, which have now grown to encompass elements of green energy production, energy and water conservation, recycling and composting, and reforestation and sustainability partnerships.

The solar and wind power system at the field features more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines, and the field is considered to be "off the grid." One hundred percent of team operations are powered by the sun and wind. They recycle more than 850 tons of material each year, enough to fill 22 tractor trailers. They utilize "green" cleaning products. And they've planted 568 trees annually since 2007, offsetting 100 percent of all team travel.

A waste digester was installed at the NovaCare Complex, the team's practice facility, in September of 2016 to help decompose pre-consumer food waste. More than nine tons of food waste has been decomposed since the installation, keeping it out of the landfills.

And now, to keep up the organization's efforts and commitment to minimize their impact on the environment, the Eagles are joining forces with environmental partner Waste Masters Solutions to install a food waste digester and data analytics platform at Lincoln Financial Field. The aim of this system is to assist in efficiently disposing of food waste during the pre- and post-consumer periods. The eco-friendly mechanism can handle up to 330 pounds of waste every day.

Waste Masters Solutions worked with a green technology company, BioHiTech Global, on the design, construction and operation of the stadium's Eco-Safe Digester and analytics platform. BioHiTech Global specializes in innovating waste management technologies.

Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions president and CEO, believes that actions speak louder than words. "Waste Masters is privileged and honored to partner with such world-class organizations that care so much about our environment," he said.

Philadelphia Eagles Senior Vice President of Operations Jason Miller is very confident that adding the new bio-digester to the stadium will help make their waste program more efficient and sustainable. "Waste Masters Solutions is a global leader in the environmental industry, providing exceptional care and high-quality service for all of our team's waste-handling needs. As an organization that takes our ecological efforts very seriously, we are constantly evaluating and fine-tuning our sustainability model so that we can continue to reduce our overall impact," he explained.