The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum have been awarded a Green Business Award for their recycling efforts. The presentation was made by James Ransom from the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Department at the Green Building Conference sponsored by Hillsborough County.
“The St. Pete Times Forum was one of the organizations recognized for its commitment to participate in solid waste recycling and reduction, use of green cleaning products for maintenance, environmentally friendly lighting and water conservation products,” said Liz Brown, Waste Reduction Specialist for the Solid Waste Department. “Property managers, like the St. Pete Times Forum, are in a position to make a significant difference in the County’s recycling rate because more than half of all the waste currently disposed of in the landfill or burned at the County’s waste-to-energy plant is generated by the commercial/institutional sector.”
The St. Pete Times Forum has numerous recycling programs which began in 2003. The arena recycles an average of 600,000 beverage containers, or 24,000 pounds, every year. Though its recycling efforts the facility reduces greenhouse gas emissions that equals taking 123 cars off the roads annually and its paper recycling program saves 576 trees per year.
The Times Forum also promotes reuse of office products and other items by donating to non-profit organizations such as Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools. They also recycle all restaurant grease, which is most commonly used as biodiesel.
The building is also dedicated to water and energy conservation. Waterless urinals were recently installed in all 37 public restrooms, reducing water consumption and saving energy throughout the building. These revolutionary urinals provide an average savings of 336,000 gallons of water per year in the building.
The Lightning also held Green Night at a home game on February 27th to create awareness of its programs and provide fans with ways they can help the environment in their own lives...