Take a ‘bite’ of the world’s most sustainable sports arena

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In an article posted on April 16 in vegnews.com, writer Anna Starostinetskaya features the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, opened in 2021 and is home to the Seattle Kraken NHL team and the Storm WNBA team. The author dubs it “the world’s most sustainable sports venue,” and there are plenty of reasons why it apparently deserves that title.

Here are excerpts from the story:

“At this single-use plastic-free venue, sustainability measures include using a 15,000-gallon Rain-to-Rink cistern to make its hockey rinks; running on 100% renewable energy, much of which is sourced from its on-site 1,300 solar panels; and specialized recycling, sorting, and waste programs to divert more than 90% of its waste from landfills. In 2023, the arena became the first venue of its kind to achieve a Zero Carbon Certification by the International Living Future Institute, reaching a milestone toward its goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2040.

“So what does the world’s most sustainable sports arena serve during its more than 200 events annually? A lot of plant-based food, naturally. While the menus at the Climate Pledge Arena are constantly changing—with an update due in May—plant-based fare is always fresh, exciting, and available to guests throughout the arena.

“A unique feature of the Climate Pledge Arena’s food offerings is a very prominent partnership with Impossible Foods that began in 2022. This means that in addition to serving Impossible Burgers, the arena is a testing ground for Impossible’s newest items and a place where the plant-based company showcases the best of its existing products.

“The food future at the arena will continue to focus on plant-based innovation as it works toward its 2040 net-zero carbon goals.”

Read the full story here: https://vegnews.com/2024/4/climate-pledge-arena-menu-impossible-foods