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EPA Recognizes Comcast-Spectacor for Environmental Achievements

Contact Information: 
Donna Heron (heron.donna@epa.gov)

PHILADELPHIA (February 18, 2015) - Before the Philadelphia Flyers-Columbus Blue Jackets game Tuesday night, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin recognized Comcast-Spectacor, owners and operators of the Wells Fargo Center and Philadelphia Flyers, for their extraordinary commitment to protecting the environment.

"This is an organization that takes environmental leadership seriously," said EPA's Shawn Garvin. "Chairman Ed Snider and the rest of his team understand the importance of diverting waste from landfills and conserving energy through energy-efficient products and systems. EPA congratulates Comcast-Spectacor and the Wells Fargo Center for an environmental job well done."

"We take great pride in the collective efforts we make at the Wells Fargo Center to save energy, cut waste and implement energy saving initiatives," said Comcast-Spectacor's Matt Homan, General Manager of the Wells Fargo Center. "Our success in these efforts is a testament to our employees and patrons who attend events at the Wells Fargo Center." Homan will accept the award on behalf of the company.

The Wells Fargo Center became the first National Hockey League and National Basketball Association arena to feature an LED lighting system, which is more efficient, durable, and longer lasting. More than 25,000 LEDS have been installed which create a visually-pleasing experience for sports fans and also reduces energy consumption by 66 percent compared to the prior system.

As an Energy Star partner, the sports and entertainment organization makes it a point to use Energy Star products. The company also recycles 70 percent of the used aluminum cans, bottles and other recyclables generated from concessions, and uses compostable service ware in all concessions. Plus, a "Farm to Fan" stand offers locally-sourced produce for healthy eating options.

Many sports teams, leagues and venues across the country are reducing waste and excessive energy use, and taking steps to lessen their environmental footprints and encourage their fans to do the same. EPA offers assistance on how the industry can green their venues.

For information on green sports, go to http://www2.epa.gov/green-sports

For information on how to reduce food waste, go to: http://www.epa.gov/foodrecoverychallenge/