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Sustainable Management of Food

Webinar: Green Sports Alliance and the Food Recovery Challenge

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In this session, EPA’s Green Sports Alliance partners presented their success stories and innovations in reducing food waste. Participants learned about:

  • The NHL’s Food Recovery Program and how it operates from the League-level. Specifically, the importance of gaining “buy-in” from executives and their staff, management of program contacts, liability and common hurdles, and methods of data tracking.
  • Petco Park’s improvements and lessons learned in growing their food waste diversion program. The Padres and their contract partners at Petco Park have improved their food waste diversion from 60 tons in 2005 to 164 tons in 2011. Petco Park is home to the Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the San Diego Padres.
  • CenturyLink field and Events Center’s successes and innovations in increasing food waste diversion. CenturyLink field and Events Center is a venue for both Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Football League (NFL).

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Ashley Zanolli, U.S. EPA

Paul LaCaruba, National Hockey League - Green Initiative Coordinator

Paul currently serves as Coordinator of the National Hockey League’s Green initiative, overseeing League-wide projects such as the NHL Food Recovery Program, Gallons for Goals and NHL Metrics. Paul received a bachelor’s degree from NYU and is currently studying for his J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is the recipient of NYU’s 2010 Allie Sherman Sports Business Leadership Award.

Alina Talbott, Petco Park - Hines Interests, LP, Assistant General Manager

Alina is Responsible for overseeing all service contracts essential for Fundamental Systems Management at Petco Park. Alina facilitated the development and implementation of the San Diego Padres Green Committee and subsequent Green Initiative for Petco Park. Her commitment to sustainable business practices helped to lead the ballpark to a 56% waste diversion rate. City, State, and Federal agencies have recognized the Padres for their performance as a Green Ballpark.

Darryl Benge, CenturyLink Field, Assistant General Manager

Darryl oversees maintenance and engineering, capital projects, fields, conversions and technical operations for CenturyLink Field and Event Center and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. He was previously Director of Capital Planning and Projects where he was instrumental in the relocation of the Seahawks to their new home in Renton.

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