July 12, 2013
The Boilermaker is one of the most sustainable or “green” sporting events in the country. Being green is much more than recycling. It requires extracting the greatest value from any waste that is produced. Each year after the post race party there are some bananas and oranges left over. Because they are cut up they cannot be donated to a food pantry for human consumption.
Instead of simply composting, the Boilermaker will donate the fruit to the Utica Zoo. Fruits and vegetables are a large part of most of the animals’ diets at the Zoo, so every little bit helps. In one day alone, the Zoo uses approximately 30 pounds of fruit and vegetables so the gift is a win-win for the Zoo, the Boilermaker and the environment. The donation will be presented at 2PM on Boilermaker Sunday, July 14th at the Zoo. With the full cycle of recycling; from the Boilermaker, to the Zoo animals and back to the Earth, finding multiple ways to use and reuse is a simple way to go green.