World Cup Stadium Food and Sustainability

Photo CroppedWritten by GS Summer Intern Sundara Bhandaram

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan soccer player, has taken a few bites out of his rivals….[meanwhile]…. soccer fans in Brazil have been taking more acceptable bites out of tambaqui con fritas, or fish and chips. Over nine million fans at the twelve different stadiums have had the chance to try local Brazilian foods, as well as international favorites. As you can imagine, daily food consumption is tremendous.

And with great food consumption comes great responsibility. Food waste is a big problem at international sporting events. Most of the waste is kitchen waste, the result of over purchasing, or the lack of proper disposal bins. This is a big issue because the decomposition of food in a landfill produces methane [PDF] which is a greenhouse gas twenty one times stronger than carbon dioxide.

Sustainability GOOAAAAlDuring the 2010 FIFA event in South Africa the games attempted to reduce their environmental impact. All of the events were hosted in zero-emission green buildings to lower carbon emissions. Metro transportation was established to reduce congestion and promote a more eco-friendly transportation system.

There were also recyclable waste bins which collected over 200 tons of waste. However the problem with the waste collected was that the waste management companies were overwhelmed by the quantity generated and dumped food waste into landfills. Overall the South Africa FIFA games made an effort towards sustainability but did not meet their potential in this specific sustainability category. Continue reading “World Cup Stadium Food and Sustainability”

An Intern’s Search for Knowledge – Reflective Coatings

Jake's HeadshotBy Jake Anderson, Green Seal Summer 2013 Intern

One day as I was reading up on Green Seal’s standard for paints and coatings (GS-11), it struck me that there is so much I don’t know about the paint industry. GS- 11 lays out environmental, health, and performance requirements that must be met by wall, anti-corrosive, and reflective coatings and floor paints that bear the Green Seal of certification. Surely, this all sounds good to me and other environmentally conscious consumers, but my first question is: What on earth is a reflective coating? 

Continue reading “An Intern’s Search for Knowledge – Reflective Coatings”

The USGBC Raises the Ceiling with LEED v4

Aaron HeadshotAaron’s post is the first in a series of articles about LEED v.4.

By Aaron Green, Green Seal Winter 2013 Intern

At the 2013 Greenbuild Convention the US Green Building Council (USGBC) unveiled the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, Version 4 (LEED v4). The new system ups the ante for any project seeking a LEED rating going into effect starting June 2015.[1]

There are new requirements and credits as well as specific rating systems for schools, retail locations, data centers, and warehouse and distribution centers. The most significant change receiving a good deal of attention is the increased importance placed on transparency.[2]

By asking for owners to make the building footprint available, the USGBC is effectively increasing the ability for future building teams to learn from current projects, and pushing the green building movement a large step farther. Continue reading “The USGBC Raises the Ceiling with LEED v4”

Restaurateurs’ Search for Sustainability

Kari - headshotBy Kari Morales, Green Seal Winter 2014 Intern

During the thirty years I have spent working as a cake decorator, baker, and chocolatier, I have watched rising food and transportation costs and increased consumer demand for healthier and more sustainable menu choices create new challenges for restaurant owners and managers.

These restaurateurs, working long hours and with notoriously small profit margins, are faced with increasingly complex purchasing decisions and questions about how to prioritize sustainability efforts.  Continue reading “Restaurateurs’ Search for Sustainability”

The Rise of Green Gamification

Ashok KamalBy Ashok Kamal, Co-founder and CEO of Bennu, LLC, and Co-founder of Ocean Aid

Who said going green had to be boring? Maybe the same people who believe games are just entertainment. Both myths are being shattered by the growing phenomenon of green gamification – the use of game mechanics to make sustainability fun and rewarding.

I recently joined Green Seal’s inaugural Advisory Council to help augment the organization’s scientifically rigorous certification with cutting-edge social media technology. Our goal is to engage more people toward creating a sustainable world. We can achieve that goal faster and more effectively by tapping into the innate human love for games, which are more popular today than ever before.    Continue reading “The Rise of Green Gamification”

Tackling the Challenges | Barriers to Sustainable Packaging

Linda at EIIn December 2013, Green Seal’s VP of Marketing Linda Chipperfield joined the Annual Sustainable Food & Beverage Packaging Value Chain Meeting to talk about our Food Service Packaging Standard (GS-35), as well as our upcoming release of Green Seal’s nationwide restaurant standard (GS-45), which is currently under Public Review.

Our partner Elemental Impact (Ei) wrote the below article to share the successful event with their network, and has kindly allowed us to re-post this article to share with our supporters. If you enjoy this post, we highly recommend that you check out The EI Blog – Zero Waste in Action – to hear more from Ei’s founder and CEO Holly Elmore. Continue reading “Tackling the Challenges | Barriers to Sustainable Packaging”

Environmentalism…in the loo.

Reduce your community’s environmental footprint: Encourage your facilities team at your school, office, or gym to purchase third-party certified bathroom tissue.
Jake's HeadshotBy Jake Anderson, Green Seal Summer 2013 Intern

There’s that one product we all feel a bit uncomfortable talking about. But of course, we all use it.

What if I told you we could use the same amount of it and greatly reduce our impact on the environment? That might make it a little bit easier to talk about, right?

Toilet Paper (TP): First, let me flush out the general usage info for you. In a year, Americans consume 36.5 billion rolls* of TP and in one day we use 100 million rolls.* These numbers might sound unbelievable, but when an average American uses 57 sheets per day* it’s no wonder how we consume TP in such large quantities. Continue reading “Environmentalism…in the loo.”