January 24, 2018
Renton, Washington - As part of the Seattle Seahawks' ongoing sustainability efforts, Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline of the Seahawks, has offset carbon emissions from the miles the Seahawks traveled during the 2017 season by purchasing 1,080 carbon credits from Cedar Grove Composting.
The Seahawks traveled approximately 25,688 miles for road games during the 2017 regular season on Delta charter flights, which ranks sixth in the NFL. Delta's carbon offset program, which launched in 2007, was the first offered by a U.S. carrier to allow travelers to offset travel emissions by investing in environmentally-friendly projects around the world.
"Being a good steward of the environment in the communities we serve is a core value of Delta's and is especially important to our Pacific Northwest customers," said Tony Gonchar, Delta's Vice President – Seattle. "We are proud to deliver on this commitment through our carbon offsets program and to bring our commitment to sustainability together with our great partners at the Seahawks."
The Seahawks divert approximately 16.4 tons of food waste from landfills per home game at CenturyLink Field, and that material goes to Cedar Grove Composting to be produced into compost. By diverting food waste materials from landfills, no methane gas is generated and is instead converted into nutrient-rich soil to be used across the region in school gardens, stormwater management projects and more. In October 2017, the Seahawks and First & Goal Hospitality (FGH) announced a partnership with Cedar Grove Composting and Sound Sustainable Farms to grow a custom menu of organic vegetables in compost to be served on gameday at the stadium.
CenturyLink Field continues to be one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable sports and entertainment facilities in the world. Earlier this month, CenturyLink Field earned a "WasteWise" award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce waste and save resources.
Sustainability efforts at CenturyLink Field include:
- Donation of 600 lbs. of food to FareStart, Food Lifeline and Salvation Army after each home game
- 97% waste diversion rate in 2016 and more than 95% each of the last four years
- All food service products and vessels are compostable
- Transitioned to paper-based, ocean degradable straws in 2017
- 25% of the stadium's energy consumption generated by on-site solar
- 24% energy reduction by installing LEDs and automating lighting
- Use 1.3 million gallons less water per year by installing low-flow fixtures
- First stadium to be Smart Catch certified, 95% of seafood served by FGH is certified as sustainably harvested
- Pork, chicken and beef is sourced from local farms and ranches practicing humane and sustainable farming