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Philadelphia Eagles

Company: Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia, PA
Company Description: The Philadelphia Eagles are a member of the National Football League's NFC East Division. The Eagles have made the playoffs seven times, appearing in four NFC Championship games and in one Super Bowl since 1995. Off the field, the Eagles are recognized as a leader in the community having founded Eagles Youth Partnership, one of professional sports' most honored charitable foundations.
Nomination Category: Company Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program

Nomination Title: Philadelphia Eagles Go Green Campaign

  1. Tell the story about what this nominated company achieved since January 1 2007 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

    In 2003, the Philadelphia Eagles launched “Go Green,” a ground-breaking 
    campaign to better the environment. The Eagles were the first professional
    sports organization to implement an environmental strategy and in 2007 began to
    receive both local and national media attention for their efforts. The Eagles
    instituted recycling programs, the procurement of post-consumer recycled paper
    products, the purchase of renewable energy from wind and other sources, tree-
    planting programs, the use of organic and pesticide-free materials on playing
    and practice fields and the instillation of solar panels at the NovaCare
    Complex, the team’s training facility, to offset energy costs. The Eagles are
    the first, and most likely only, organization to reimburse employees for
    purchasing wind energy, have created an Eagles Forest at Neshaminy State Park,
    PA where the team plants trees to offset carbon emissions caused by away-game
    air travel. Soon, the team will recycle cooking oils used in the kitchens at
    Lincoln Financial Field and at the NovaCare Complex converting the oil to
    biodesiel which can be used to fuel the team’s field maintenance vehicles.

    Go Green has dramatically reduced the organization’s environmental footprint
    and impact on global warming by eliminating thousands of metric tons of
    greenhouse gases and other pollutants from being released into the earth’s
    atmosphere. Go Green has saved hundreds of thousands of trees, the equivalent
    of eliminating more than seven million miles of automobile travel, or planting
    nearly 500,000 trees. In 2007, all 10 home games, including two preseason
    games, were powered on 100% clean energy and now, cups and flatware used on
    game day and at the NovaCare Complex are created from 100% post consumer used
    products, like corn and grass, that biodegrade in a landfill within 45 days.

    “Go Green” is more than just a play on words for the Eagles. “Go Green” has
    become both a rallying cry for the football team and a good citizenship message
    for the community. The hope is that these efforts will educate and inspire
    others to improve their environmental stewardship. If every NFL team made
    similar efforts, and subsequently all sports and stadium businesses, the impact
    would be dramatic.

    Go Green has produced a shift toward greener procurement practices among many
    NFL teams, as well as other professional sports; clean energy purchasing from
    wind and methane gas sources; printing of team publications on forest friendly,
    post-consumer recycled paper; partnerships with Pennsylvania’s Department of
    Conservation and Natural Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and
    other Philadelphia area environmental and community groups; active and
    comprehensive recycling at Lincoln Financial Field, the team’s training
    facilities at the NovaCare Center, and corporate offices.

    The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to have led the field in greening initiatives
    among professional sports teams. They are continuing to break ground in this
    effort by challenging themselves, their partners and their fans to take steps
    toward reducing their environmental impact on the planet.

  2. List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []: - Go Green Guest - Christina Lurie
    - NBC Today Show - Go Green
    - Julie Hirshey - Eagles Forest
    - ABC - World News Tonight with Charles Gibson - Go Green

  3. Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader of this nominated company:

    Christina Lurie, Co-Owner of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, one of the most 
    respected franchises in all of professional sports, Co-Founder of Vox3 Films,
    an independent film company in New York, and President of Eagles Youth
    Partnership, the charitable wing of the Eagles committed to improving the
    health and education of youth in the Greater Philadelphia region, plays a role
    in the worlds of sports, entertainment and philanthropy. Lurie is also the
    backbone of the Eagles Go Green initiative which began in 2003.