Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride announce new sustainability efforts, including the Exploria Stadium’s Zero Waste initiative
ORLANDO, Florida (May 22, 2021) – Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride and Exploria Stadium announced new sustainability initiatives that will reduce the club’s impact on climate change while maximizing its impact on the local community through a zero waste program.
The announcement comes after the release of the Major League Soccer PRIMEBLUE jerseys, high-performance 50% Parley Ocean Plastic yarn worn by Lions on May 29, as well as the Orlando Pride Mission Program, which includes the unveiling of the Mission Planet Earth Patch on 30th May.
Three of the club’s upcoming games – the City Games on May 22nd and 29th and the Pride Game on May 30th – will be presented by OUC, a local leader in sustainability, water conservation and solar initiatives. Through this partnership, the club and OUC have worked together on a number of sustainability changes across the Exploria Stadium and will continue to work together on other environmentally friendly initiatives to be announced at a later date.
Fans participating in games can contact the newly created “Green Team”, which is located throughout the venue for all games. The Green Team ambassadors will, courtesy of Pepsi, inform guests about recyclable materials and suitable disposal locations for paper and cardboard, as well as recycling bins for plastic and aluminum products.
With the introduction of the Exploria Stadium’s Zero Waste initiative, Orlando City SC becomes the only Orlando-based company, MLS team, and NWSL team to recycle its own materials on site. These items are sorted by hand and later turned into products that will be used throughout the venue. By setting up its own material recovery facility (MRF) at Exploria Stadium, the club has been able to maximize the number of recycled products and divert 4.75 tons of plastic, 2 tons of cardboard and more over 16 tons of food waste from landfills in the two years from 2019-2020.
To close the agricultural loop, food waste from stadium events is composted and then used by the Orlando City Foundation for their community gardens located in the greater Orlando area, particularly in areas designated as food deserts. Following events, Spectra, the Exploria Stadium food service provider, will donate all prepared but unsold perishable food to local nonprofits for use in food pantries and programs.
The Lions will wear the PRIMEBLUE jerseys on May 29th when they face the New York Red Bulls in a match presented by OUC. Kits worn by the Orlando City Foundation will be auctioned following this competition. The proceeds go towards environmental and sustainability efforts. In addition, five match-worn kits will be part of the MLS league-wide kit swap initiative.
Fans can nominate someone to win one of the five PRIMEBLUE jerseys by tagging @OrlandoCitySC and using #JerseySwapEntry on Twitter, including a brief description of how that person has made a difference in the community through their sustainability efforts. For more details on the competition, including the full rules, please visit the link here. The winners of the jersey swap will be selected on May 29th.
The next day, Pride will unveil its Mission Planet Earth patch as part of the recently announced Mission program. The patch will mark one of five unique CITYiD patches that represent an important club ethos: conservation / sustainability. More items from Mission Planet Earth will be available soon. As part of the program, an Ad Astra kit will be adorned with a limited-edition Mission Planet Earth patch that went into space and is being auctioned by the Orlando City Foundation. The proceeds go to the Mission Fund. Further information on the mission program and the mission fund can be found here.
Fans attending games or visiting the stadium can also stop by the corner of Church and Glenn to see “Gyration,” a student-designed sculpture that was installed in 2020. In collaboration with OUC, the design was selected and, after a challenge, an artistic sculpture was created that multiplies as a renewable energy source. The club is also working with OUC on future solar and water conservation initiatives. More details will be announced in the near future.
Tickets to the Orlando City game against Toronto FC on May 22nd, presented by OUC, are only available to subscribers and partial ticket holders. Further information on both ticket plans can be found here. 2021 season tickets, partial ticket plans and single game tickets for the Pride’s on May 30th can be found under the link here.