Monthly Archives: April 2013

USOC Training Facility Renovations to Enhance Performance & Sustainability

The United States Olympic Committee has broken ground on a $5.8 million, 37,500 square-foot strength and conditioning addition at their training facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado that will improve the sustainability of operations at the campus.  The green building in the new addition will include:

  • Electrochromatic self-tinting glass that reduces the need for air conditioning by decreasing the impact of direct sunlight and sun glare on the interior of the building
  • Automatic occupancy sensors to reduce extraneous energy uses in parts of the building that are unoccupied
  • Single-stream recycling to divert more waste from landfills
  • Low-flow water heads and bathroom fixtures
  • Future installation of a photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the facility

The USOC will also make $2.4 million in renovations and improvements at the adjacent sports medicine and recovery area. The construction is slated to be completed by the third quarter of the year.

“It’s important to note that this came from the athletes themselves,” said Kirsten Volpi, chief administrative officer for the USOC. “The main thing we do is support athletes, and today’s athletes come from a world where sustainability has increased importance.”

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University of Arizona Newest Collegiate Member of Alliance

In time for Earth Day last week, the University of Arizona in Tucson became the ninth NCAA college athletics program to join the Green Sports Alliance. The membership is the next step in the Wildcats’ ongoing commitment to sustainability in both event operations and in the maintenance of their athletic facilities.

Some of the steps already taken by the Arizona athletic department prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance include:

  • the environmentally-friendly design and operation of the UA Student Recreation Center, the first campus facility of its type in the United States to receive LEED Platinum designation after its recent expansion;
  • new light fixtures at Arizona Stadium, reducing light pollution by 75 percent and reducing energy use during night games;
  • the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center has converted to solar energy for its water-heating systems for both the pools and locker-room showers;
  • the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, once completed, is designed to achieve at least LEED Silver status for new construction.

“In addition to continuing to walk the walk, we look forward to working with and through the Green Sports Alliance to determine and refine best practices and contribute to their adoption by other universities, professional sports teams and venues,” said Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne after the announcement.

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Portland Timbers and MLS WORKS Coordinate Earth Day Project at Local Middle School

Hosford Middle School in southeast Portland, OR will soon be receiving solar panels and on-site environmental beautification as an award recipient of MLS WORKS and Continental Tire “How Green Are Your Goals?” contest. The campaign, which encouraged fan support and participation for environmental sustainability projects, saw Portland selected as the greenest MLS city as fans detailed the everyday work going on around the city.

MLSW_Greener_Goals LogoAmong those submissions, Hosford Middle School won the contest thanks to their wide-ranging plan for campus sustainability improvements. The school will welcome representatives from Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers, Portland Public Schools and Continental Tire on today at 2:30 pm for an Earth Day celebration that will highlight the improvements being made at the school thanks to the award.

The school, which in addition to the MLS WORKS award has also collected $10,000 in community donations, will install a BEF solar panel installation as part of the project along with tree-planting and other sustainable landscaping around the campus. The efforts will improve energy use and stormwater runoff at the campus along with providing incentives for those who commute to school by bicycle.

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We are happy to announce that Major League Soccer (MLS) has joined as a proud member of the Green Sports Alliance just in time for Earth Day 2013.

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