Birmingham City Councilors to host Press Conference to launch ‘Let’s Keep Legion Field Green’ Initiative
PRESS RELEASE Thursday February 7, 2019
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL– Just in time for Birmingham Iron’s first home game this coming Sunday February 10, 2019 at 3pm, Legion Field will be all set to GO GREEN! To launch this initiative, Councilor Crystal Smitherman and Council Pro Tem William Parker will host a press conference Friday February 8, 2019 at 11:30am at Legion Field to bring awareness to this great recycling cause.
Smitherman said she saw a need for a recycling program during the most recent Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. “I was at the game and had a water bottle that I wanted to recycle,” Smitherman recounted. “I asked if we had anywhere to recycle and I was shocked to find out that we didn’t. Something so simple can make such a big impact… We’re talking about getting recycling bins and putting them at Legion Field so we can encourage people to recycle. We can take those items and reuse them.”
She also said she hopes to keep spreading the message at schools throughout her district.
Stadiums around the country — such as Pittsburg’s Heinz Field — have deployed recycling programs to great effect. According to a study published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stadiums present a unique opportunity for recycling efforts that can increase revenues. After installing bins throughout the stadium, Heinz Field has been able to recycle 6–7 tons of material per NFL game.
“We have to take this as an opportunity,” Parker said. “We have close to 250,000 people that visit the field annually during football season. We have a chance to educate the public about recycling. We’ve received input from the park board and other key stakeholders. We can collaborate and work together on this. This is also a potential revenue stream for the city of Birmingham.”
This press release is a written collaboration by Chiara Perry and Cody Owens, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information contact Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.