2019 Community Impact Awards, Sustainability: Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field

The stadium has been honored by the federal EPA for its achievements in sustainable practices
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SUSTAINABLE STADIUM: David Young, Seattle Seahawks’ senior vice president of business operations and general manager of CenturyLink Field.

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue. See more about the winners of the 2019 Community Impact Awards here. Click here for a free subscription.

Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field
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Most fans have no idea how sustainable CenturyLink Field is.

The home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks has a 97% waste-diversion rate — the amount of waste diverted from the landfill for recycling — and all food service products are compostable. The stadium uses 100% paper-based, ocean-degradable straws, and 25% of the stadium’s energy consumption is generated by on-site solar power.

The food also is healthier than you might think: 93% of seafood served is sustainably harvested; pork, chicken and beef are sourced from local farms and ranches that practice humane and sustainable farming. Compost from the field is used to grow organic vegetables served at the stadium.

The team even hosts an annual “sustainability game” each season, where more than 6,000 pounds of potatoes sold are grown at Sound Sustainable Farms, using compost from the stadium’s diverted food waste.

CenturyLink has won numerous awards for sustainability over the years. The federal Environmental Protection Agency honored the stadium in July with a regional “Food Recovery Award” for donating nearly 14,000 pounds of food to local food banks. Last year, the EPA gave the stadium a “WasteWise” award for its sustainability practices, and it also received an award at the global Stadium Business Summit in London.

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