Monthly Archives: May 2013

Integrating Sustainability into Intelligent Venue Design

The modern athletic venue is increasingly being designed with several aspects in mind. One key feature is the enhancement of the customer experience, from dynamic pricing and high-definition video displays to the potential for wi-fi technology to provide greater data and visibility to fans in the stadium seats. Part of this integrated experience also involves the evolution of sustainable operations, which increase the affordability, adaptability and efficiency of venues.

Intelligent stadium design requires creative thinking to provide long-term rewards, both environmentally and economically. As customer expectation of the stadium experience evolves, designers have increasingly turned toward passive building strategies and the integration of energy- and water-saving measures that reduce the impact of hosting thousands of people on-site. Flexibility in design affords the ability to evolve with rapidly advancing innovations in sustainable operation.

Sustainable design also allows for teams and venues to engage with fans to promote sustainable habits outside the stadium. “New innovations in technology are leading the way for intelligent public assembly venues that will create unique, personalized and flexible spaces that compel individuals to gather together,” write report authors Richard Breslin and Gregory Sherlock of Populous. “Such venues will then continue to create settings that draw communities together, foster a culture and engross fans.”

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New Mexico State Wins Grant to Improve Accessibility to Recycling

New Mexico State University recently took steps to improve landfill waste diversion on the Las Cruces campus with the placement of 24 recycling bins at the university’s various sports venues. The bins, provided through a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation, can be found at Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center as well as the athletic department’s baseball, softball and soccer fields.

NMSU becomes the 156th recipient of a Keep America Beautiful grant, which has assisted local governments, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide in improving their recycling efforts based on need and potential for program expansion.

“One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier,” said Keep America Beautiful president and CEO Matthew M. McKenna about the grants. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program.”

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Alliance to host #GreenSports Twitter Chat with Mariners & USGBC Center for Green Schools

#GreenSports Activation Day – Thursday, May 23rd

We’ve been excited to see more and more teams, leagues and fans engaging in green sports and sharing their stories with their social media followers. So, we want to keep this conversation going strong! Building on this momentum, the Green Sports Alliance (@SportsAlliance) is hosting an all-day Twitter event on Thursday, May 23rd.

With the help of professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, leagues and athletes, we’ll be sharing #GreenSports stories all day long.

Tune in to Twitter and follow the #GreenSports hashtag this Thursday to hear how your favorite team supports the green sports movement, and join the conversation!

Join us from 4:00pm-5:00pm EST for a special #GreenSports Twitter Chat featuring the Seattle Mariners and the USGBC Center for Green Schools.

When: Thursday, May 23rd – 1:00pm PST/ 4:00pm EST

Who: @SportsAlliance, @Mariners, @MyGreenSchools & @RachelGutter

With special guests Scott Jenkins, Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners, and Rachel Gutter, Director of the Center for Green Schools, USGBC, we’ll be discussing a range of #GreenSports topics from waste management to the Green Apple Day of Service.

Follow along at #GreenSports to hear how these organizations are advancing the greening of the sports industry, and use the hashtag to ask questions to our guests.

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