The grass wasn’t the only thing that was green in the University of Colorado (CU) football stadium this season. For the fifth year, WhiteWave was a sponsor of CU’s “Green Stampede,” a program aimed at making CU’s Folsom Field stadium a “zero waste” destination. This means that nearly all concessions packaging at home games are recyclable or compostable, and encouraging CU and visiting team fans to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost food and beverage containers, leftover snacks, game programs and more.
Folsom Field was the first major sports stadium in the nation to be converted to a completely zero waste facility. Now, more than 30 zero waste stations inside the stadium make it simple for fans to recycle and compost. In fact, last season alone, over 42 TONS of recyclables and compostables were collected inside the stadium. Since the program’s inception in the 2008-2009 football season, the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program has resulted in the collection of more than 163 tons of recyclable and compostable material and Folsom Stadium’s total waste generation has dropped by roughly 21 percent.
Like CU, we at WhiteWave have a long history of supporting sustainability and renewable energy In fact, to date, our renewable energy purchases are the equivalent of taking nearly 90,000 cars off the road for one year or providing the electricity for almost 55,000 U.S. homes for one year.