Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman, Bob Nutting, will be honored tonight by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) in New York City. The NRDC is recognizing Mr. Nutting for his leadership in sports to adopt sustainable business practices. The NRDC’s Game Changer Award Gala will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
For those who have visited PNC Park, it’s nearly impossible not to be aware of the “Let’s Go Bucs, Let’s Go Green” initiative. The program encourages recycling, conservation and awareness. Every year the Pirates recycle nearly 66 tons of glass, 23 tons of aluminum cans, 54 tons of plastic, 26 tons of paper, 130 tons of cardboard, 33 tons of yard waste and 17 tons of used cooking oil. In addition, they also manage to recycle 91 tons of other recyclable materials.
“Bob is one of the pioneers in the professional sports greening movement that has made sustainability the rule rather than the exception,” said NRDC President Frances Beinecke. “Through his dedication and actions, Bob and the Pirates are on the forefront in leading a cultural shift toward environmental responsibility in sports.”
Along with Nutting, other honorees include Woody Johnson (NY Jets owner), Steve Tisch and John Mara (co-owners of the NY Giants), Peter McLoughlin (CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment) and Scott Jenkins (VP of Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners).
“It is an honor to be recognized by the NRDC and accept this award on behalf of those within the Pirates, Seven Springs and Ogden Newspapers organizations whose hard work makes our sustainability initiatives possible,” said Nutting. “We can all make a difference in protecting our environment. The city of Pittsburgh and the Laurel Highlands region is surrounded by such natural beauty. We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to live in, and help protect, it for future generations.”