Monthly Archives: July 2013

Barclays Center in Brooklyn Earns LEED Silver Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council announced on Monday that the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, has become the first sports and entertainment facility in the New York metropolitan area to receive LEED Silver certification for the venue’s sustainable design and construction. The arena, which opened last September as part of a revitalization effort in the New York City borough, was commended by the USGBC for its integrated approach to sustainability from design to operations.

Located at a nexus of public-transit options including the Long Island Railroad and multiple subway lines, the Barclays Center’s site was cited for its impact on reducing vehicular traffic on surrounding streets. The arena also serves as a heat island, with a concrete roof design that mitigates the climate-heating effects of the urban area. The arena also earned high praise for limiting water and energy use through low-flow and high-efficiency systems.

“From site selection to materials used, we were focused on building one of the most sustainable arenas in the country,” Bruce Ratner, the executive chairman of the company that developed Barclays Center, said after the LEED announcement. “With mass transit as our foundation, we’ve built an arena that speaks to innovation and design as the corner stone of sustainability. I applaud our staff and our green partners for this tremendous accomplishment.”

Attendees at this year’s Green Sports Summit will have the opportunity to see New York’s first LEED-certified sports venue in person with an exclusive tour on August 28.


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Award To Be Presented At Green Sports Gala On Aug. 27, 2013

July 25, 2013 (NEW YORK CITY) — The Green Sports Alliance will present Christina Weiss Lurie, an owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, its Environmental Leadership Award at the organization’s Green Sports Gala on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. The Green Sports Gala will take place in conjunction with the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit. This year’s award is the Firefly Macchia, a Studio Edition by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

The Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award is presented annually to a member of the sports industry who has demonstrated leadership and has provided significant contributions to environmental sustainability. The award is voted on by the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from professional sports organizations and environmental leaders. Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig received the first award in 2012.

“It’s an honor to be named as the recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award,” said Christina Weiss Lurie. “When you look at the teams who comprise the Green Sports Alliance, you see a commitment to enhancing our environmental performance through a variety of different strategies. I’ve always believed that the path to sustainability is a journey, not a destination. We’re proud to be a part of such a dynamic collection of organizations who share that same goal and I am humbled to be selected as the recipient of this award.”

Weiss Lurie is a strong advocate of social and environmental causes, interweaving many philanthropic endeavors into the fabric of the Eagles’ brand. In particular, the Eagles’ Go Green initiative, founded in 2003, has worked to better the environment by creating and sustaining programs that improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region, protect the environment and reduce the team’s impact on the planet.

“Christina was the driving force behind the Eagles’ Go Green initiative, which was the first comprehensive sustainability effort by a professional sports team,” said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance and Vice President of Ballpark Operations of the Seattle Mariners. “The Eagles have shown tremendous leadership over the past ten years and continue to provide a great example for professional sports teams to follow.”

Weiss Lurie will accept the Environmental Leadership Award at the Green Sports Gala onTuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. She will also speak at the Green Sports Alliance Summit at 9:30 a.m. that morning at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, joining a panel of professional team owners for a dialogue on the topic, “Investing in the Future: Supporting sustainability from top to bottom.”

Find out more about the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit at www.greensportssummit.org. Limited Green Sports Gala tables and tickets are available for purchase at greensportsgala13.eventbrite.com

Major League Baseball and NRDC Partner Again at 2013 All-Star Game

While the American League defeated the National League 3-0 in this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York this week, the league and the Natural Resources Defense Council partnered for the sixth straight year to incorporate sustainable practices into the hosting of the event. In continuing their promotion of green operations at one of baseball’s flagship events, MLB reduced the environmental impacts of hosting the game as well as educating fans on the importance of taking these practices beyond the stadium.

The comprehensive sustainability plan for the All-Star Game included:

  • The purchase of Green-E certified renewable energy credits to offset the use of more than 285,000 kWh of energy
  • The purchase of water restoration credits from Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset more than 700,000 gallons of water used at the event, along with the mitigating impacts of the low-flow fixtures already installed at Citi Field
  • The widespread placement of recycling containers along with an NRDC-coordinated volunteer Green Team to promote recycling in the stands
  • The use of recycled fibers and other materials in the ballots, media guides, other promotional documents and the red carpet used at the All-Star Red Carpet Show
  • The coordination between the stadium operators and concessionaire to compost nearly one ton of food wastes and diverting other unused prepared foods to those in need via the Rock and Wrap it Up! program

Those in attendance at this year’s Green Sports Summit will have the opportunity to tour the venue of the 2013 All-Star Game on Wednesday, August 28.

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