The July 2013 issue of Stadia magazine highlights the increasing implementation of sustainable strategies and technologies at sports venues around the world. Showcasing the work of the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the Giants’ and Jets’ MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and other venues across the globe, the main article shows the economic and environmental benefits of incorporating green practices into stadium operations.
A second article at the back of the issue highlights the Game Changer report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Green Sports Alliance last August at the 2012 Green Sports Summit. Showing how far stadiums have come in their sustainability practices, the article also notes the impact that evolving best practices and their recognition in the report have had on expanding the green movement both within the sports industry and beyond.
“Once someone has blazed a trail, it becomes easier for all those who follow,” Green Sports Alliance executive director Martin Tull said about the impacts. “The industry should be thankful for the innovative teams that have gone out on a limb to seek ways to solve problems before they were fully aware of the solutions.”
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Alliance members and the success of the green sports movement were also recently highlighted in the July 2013 issue of BioCycle and July 2013 issue of the Solutions Journal.
Teaming up for the first time since the early 1970s, the non-profit public service groups Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council have reunited to promote recycling to Americans to release a new multimedia campaign, “I Want to be Recycled”. Utilizing a multipronged approach through their website as well as television and other traditional media, the campaign aims to demystify recycling and show how everyday products can be transformed to new uses.
M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, was featured in one of the television ads released on Wednesday. In the ad, viewers are shown how the common aluminum can takes on a new life as construction materials for an NFL stadium.
“Those we surveyed were interested in creating less waste and some of the other environmental benefits of recycling,” Keep America Beautiful senior vice president Brenda Pulley said in an interview with Resource Recycling. “But one of the more interesting takeaways was how many of the respondents were intrigued and fascinated that recovered materials could become something else. This campaign is designed to tap into that desire as well as provide helpful tools to make recycling easier.”
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The Michigan Baseball Foundation, which owns and operates Dow Diamond in Midland, received a $33,679 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network earlier this month to upgrade to LED lighting at the venue. The home of the Great Lakes Loons of the single-A Midwest League, Dow Diamond will use the grant to convert occupancy sensors and lights around the exterior and through the front entries of the ballpark.
The grant allows Michigan Baseball Foundation to expand upon energy retrofits that have already commenced around the ballpark. The first phase, completed in April 2013, upgraded hallway and suite lighting; the next phase of the energy overhaul has targeted high-traffic areas for retrofitting to gain the greatest benefits from the expenditure. When combined, all the energy initiatives will cut consumption by nearly 60,000 kilowatt-hours annually, yielding a 3.6% reduction in total energy use at the venue.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Saginaw Bay WIN on this project,” said Loons president and general manager Paul Barbeau after receiving the grant. “This gift will accelerate our conversion to LED lighting fixtures. We hope our ambitious efforts to conserve energy resources will inspire other businesses and households to consider ways that they too can conserve resources and reduce costs.”
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