In its ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption on campus, Arizona State University has worked with several sustainability partners on a new energy project at its on-campus arena. Working with Ameresco, Musco Sports Lighting, ASU Facilities Development and Management, and University Sustainable Practices, the university converted Wells Fargo Arena — home to men’s and women’s basketball and other varsity Sun Devils sports teams — into the first installed and operational LED lit athletic facility in the nation at the top level of NCAA sports.
The project improved the lighting in the facility, which approaches its 30th anniversary next May, but it also had a greater effect. The installation will reduce energy consumption at the arena by 75 percent. The energy savings will save the university an estimated $284,000 in energy costs and another $70,000 in maintenance costs.
Weber State University was the first NCAA school to install an LED lighting system in June with Arizona State’s lighting installation becoming fully operational in August. Notre Dame and Michigan State are also currently implementing LED lighting in their respective arenas.
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In a recent progress report on the preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke illustrated how the governing body of the sport is working to improve sustainability at the venues and in the cities which will host the tournament. In addition to discussing the state of qualifying tournaments around the globe and the sale of tickets to the matches, Valcke noted the collaboration between FIFA and the 2014 organizing committee to calculate and offset the carbon footprint of the World Cup.
FIFA, the international governing body of the sport, has worked with Brazilian leaders to calculate the carbon footprint of the tournament (as well as the Confederations Cup held in the country last June). Estimating the output at 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, FIFA and the organizing committee are utilizing verified carbon offsetting projects as well as working with stakeholders to reduce overall emissions.
The organization has also launched sustainability training courses for the operators of the 12 stadiums that will host the month-long tournament next summer. The first of three sessions took place in Curitiba in August, with two more planned for November and February in an effort to increase operators’ knowledge of sustainable operations.
Read Valcke’s full report here.