The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is committed to reducing
its environmental impact via the following measures:
The Tournament of Roses employs the following strategies to save energy:
- ELECTRIC GRID – The majority of energy used to power the Rose Parade comes from the electric grid, minimizing the use of diesel generators.
- NATURAL LIGHT – The Rose Parade makes use of natural light and permanent lighting structures that minimize the need to bring in temporary event lights.
The following production materials are recycled after the Rose Parade, reducing overall waste:
- GRANDSTANDS – The metal scaffolding and wood materials used to construct the Rose Parade grandstands are reused following deconstruction.
- FURNITURE – Furniture pieces brought in for Rose Parade parties are reused after the event.
The Tournament of Roses employs the following strategies to save paper:
- PAPERLESS MARKETING – In an effort to go paperless, quarterly newsletters are distributed via email. Rose Parade invitations and committee postcards are also distributed electronically.
- PERMANENT SIGNAGE – Banners are reused for a minimum of four years and disposable cardboard and paper signage materials are avoided. Removable sponsor adhesives are utilized to make the reuse of signage possible.
The Tournament of Roses encourages the use of public transportation via the following programs:
- PUBLISHED OPTIONS – A full listing of public transportation options for the Rose Bowl Game and the Rose Parade is available on the Tournament of Roses website. Printed game tickets, the game brochure, and the association brochure also highlight public transportation options and encourage carpooling.
- METRO GOLD LINE – Leading up to the event, the Gold Line heavily promotes public transportation access.
- SHUTTLE PROGRAMS – Natural gas buses and shuttles transport an average of 15,000 attendees from Parsons and Old Pasadena to the game.
Tournament of Roses waste is diverted from the landfill via the following programs:
- STADIUM RECYCLING – Over 100 recycling volunteers and 500 dedicated receptacles for bottles, cans, and glass are stationed inside the Rose Bowl Stadium as part of the comprehensive waste diversion system. In 2011, 100,000 recyclable beverage containers were diverted from the landfill during the Rose Bowl Game as a result of these efforts.
- CARDBOARD COLLECTION – Dedicated bins are setup near the stadium for cardboard collection. In 2011, 10.5 tons of cardboard were collected during the Rose Bowl Game, more than 3.5 times the tonnage collected in years past.
- POST EVENT DONATION – Floral arrangements and nonperishable foods are donated to local senior centers and shelters following the event.
- MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY – Waste and recycling is transported to a local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). In 2011, the MRF effort diverted 39 tons of waste from the landfill.
The Tournament of Roses offices employ the following strategies to save energy, water, and materials:
- GREEN OFFICE – Bamboo flooring is used in the kitchen and break room of the Tournament of Roses headquarters. Bamboo is a fast-growing and renewable alternative to traditional flooring materials.
- REUSABLE DISHWARE – A purified water system is in place within office buildings to encourage employees to use glasses vs. disposable water bottles. For dinners hosting less than 100 people, china is used vs. disposables in an effort to reduce waste.
- NATURAL LIGHT – Office buildings utilize natural skylights to reduce the amount of electricity required.
- WHITE ROOF – White roofs are in place on the majority of structures to reduce energy requirements.
- ENERGY SAVING LIGHTING – Compact fluorescent light bulbs are installed throughout office buildings to reduce energy usage.
- REUSABLE FURNITURE – The purchase of new furniture is minimal. Reusable office pieces are custom built from Lyptus wood, which can be stained in a variety of ways depending on the desired look.