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Timbers Stepping Up Sustainability Efforts at Jeld-Wen Field

With the Portland Timbers having claimed the top seed in the Western Conference for the2013 MLS playoffs, they will have even more opportunities to spotlight the ongoing sustainability efforts at Jeld-Wen Field. Already having earned LEED Silver status after the 2011 renovations to the stadium, the Timbers are now looking for ways to further reduce the environmental impacts of hosting Timbers matches.

The team has stated a goal of increasing its landfill waste diversion to 90 percent of all wastes generated at the facility; Jeld-Wen Field’s current diversion rate is at 80 percent. To achieve this goal, the team and stadium operators have looked for ways to increase the amount of compostable materials used in concessions. This effort will expand upon current recycling and composting operations, and complements the team’s other greening initiatives such as the installation of energy-efficient lighting and low-flow fixtures throughout the stadium.

“Sustainability’s always been important to the organization. It’s important to our supporters and to our partners. It’s something that’s part of our ethos. We want to reflect what’s important to the community,” said Timbers chief operating officer Mike Golub about the team’s newest green goals.  “We’re trying to do more and we’re proud of where we are but we clearly want to do better and do more.”

Read more about sustainability at Jeld-Wen Field here.

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Michigan State Updates Lighting at Munn Arena

The new lighting at Munn Arena on the Michigan State campus has done more than just replace outdated technology. The lighting retrofits, installed over the summer as part of a major renovation project at the school’s hockey venue, have been beneficial for all parties concerned – fans, players, stadium operators, and the school’s finance department.

The $575,000 LED installation provides brighter, more expansive lighting coverage across the ice surface at Munn Arena, making it easier for fans and players to see the action as it transpires on the ice. The new system will draw around one-fifth the power of the old lighting; the retrofit is projected to pay for itself in five to seven years. It has the added benefit of seriously reducing the load on the ice-making plant at the facility due to a lack of direct heat being produced by the LED lights. They will also need replacement far less often than the old technology, with a 10-year/100,000-hour life expectancy.

“Fans will notice an amazing difference in light quality,” said Greg Ianni, deputy director of MSU Athletics. “And it’s a bright, clean light. Not yellow. It’s like opening a retractable roof. It magnifies the ability to see what’s going on. And goalies say they can see the puck a lot better.”

Read the full article here.

 

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Bell Centre Turns Toward Energy-Efficient Lighting

A recent New York Times feature in the business section highlighted smart lighting decisions that could soon take place at sports facilities around North America. Ken Belson’s article, which features the Bell Centre in Montreal among other professional venues, shows how a professional (or college) team can save money and reduce its environmental footprint by turning toward energy-efficient solutions to illuminate a facility.

Recently the Bell Centre, home of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, replaced all its lighting from high-intensity discharge to LED fixtures. The new lighting, which produces three times the light per watt of energy compared to the former technology, will save the arena an estimated $125,000 per year in electricity costs, parts, and labor. Alain Gauthier, who runs the facility, said that the installation should pay back the investment in just two years. “I wanted to be a front-runner,” Gauthier would say about the retrofitting.

The trend has not yet fully run through arenas, initial costs being the most prohibitive factor toward the conversion toward more efficient lighting. “Definitely, there are some long-term savings,” said Sean Langer, director of operations at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., home of University of Louisville basketball. “But we have to ask, what is the return on investment? Seven to 10 years is a hard pill for my boss to swallow.”

Sports leagues are continuing to study LEDs and are gathering the opinions of players, referees and broadcasters. Many sports lighting experts suggest that, as the prices continue to fall, LEDs will be adopted more widely as performance lighting.

Read the full article here.

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