Greenlight on Sustainability Highlights 2018 Atlanta E3 Awards Winners Roadie and Mercedes-Benz Stadium
The Greenlight on Sustainability series features past winners from the Atlanta E3 Awards discussing their innovative solutions within the sustainability ecosystem of the region. During a panel moderated by Siemens Chief City Executive Denise Quarles, Mercedes-Benz Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins and Roadie Founder and CEO Marc Gorlin spoke to winning the Built Environment Award and the Moving the Needle Award, respectively.
Sustainability was a guiding directive of both projects from the beginning. Roadie directly utilizes the capacity of cars already on the road to deliver goods without creating new trips. Similarly, sustainability planning was a key component for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, allowing it to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
“Once we completed the building, we had a responsibility to keep running it sustainably,” Jenkins said.
LEED Certification is just the beginning for Mercedes-Benz as they continue to run the stadium in a way that includes education on recycling and sustainability. An example includes funding a second Habitat for Humanity house on the West Side by recycling 67 tons of plastic to create 10,000 jackets for Super Bowl volunteers. The stadium utilizes their sphere of influence as an iconic building in the city, amplified by millions of sports fans who see it on television, to spread the message of recycling, renewable energy, access to transit and more.
Gorlin shared many stories about the utility and sustainability of their service, including corporate partnerships with large brands such as Delta Air Lines and Walmart. They are delivering bags for airlines in 70 airports across the country, using on-the-way delivery to reunite lost bags with their owners without putting new trucks or vans on the road.
“There’s no faster or more sustainable way to get a bag to someone than when it’s on the way,” Gorlin said.
Added benefits of utilizing Roadie includes the reduction of packing, packaging and processing that items must go through to get to their destination. Their partnerships are getting the delivery job done while revealing sustainability benefits on the way.
The Atlanta E3 Awards recognizes companies, organizations and individuals working to conserve metro Atlanta’s natural resources, develop clean technologies to enhance our economy and environment, support sustainable projects and initiatives and to collaborate on solutions through university connections, marketing and education. To learn more, please reach out to Natalie Simpson.