Philadelphia Eagles offset 2020 travel CO2 emissions through Ocean Conservancy

This is the first US Pro Sports team in the partnership

The Philadelphia Eagles have commited to offsetting its 2020 team travel through ocean efforts.

The partnership will through Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation will support seagrass and mangrove restoration efforts in Puerto Rico.

The Eagles’ carbon footprint from 2020 includes air and bus travel to eight games, a total of 385.46 tCO2e. They were calculated by the Ocean Foundation and will go to labor and supply restoration efforts, public education, and administration/infrastructure.

“Our sustainability journey began with a few recycling bins in the office back in 2003 and has since grown into a multi-curriculum program that is now focused on aggressive action to protect our planet, and this includes the ocean,” said Norman Vossschulte, Director of Fan Experience, Philadelphia Eagles.

“Whether you are on the Delaware River, down at the Jersey Shore, or on the other side of the planet, a healthy ocean is vital to all of us,” said Vossschulte.

Norman Vossschulte, Director of Fan Experience, Philadelphia Eagles & George Leonard of the Ocean Conservancy

The efforts will take place in Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR), a federally protected estuary, located within the municipalities of Salinas and Guayama in Puerto Rico. The 1,140-hectare reserve is an intertidal tropical ecosystem dominated by seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and mangrove forests and provides sanctuary to endangered species including the brown pelican, peregrine falcon, hawksbill sea turtle, green sea turtle, several species of shark, and the West Indian manatee.

The Eagles’ Go Green program has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, including LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council, an ISO 20121 international certification, and a GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STAR accreditation.

Julie Hancher

Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake.

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