Monthly Archives: February 2014

Portland Trail Blazers Sprucing up Moda Center with Sustainable Landscaping

In a move to revamp the exterior of the Moda Center to align with the organization’s commitment to sustainability, the Portland Trail Blazers will be updating the landscaping around their arena with native grasses and drought-resistant plants that will help reduce the team’s landscaping water usage by 20-30 percent. The plan is the first phase in a widespread renovation of the Rose Quarter campus on which the Moda Center is located.

The team is working with Greenworks and other organizations to integrate the exterior landscaping to take advantage of Portland’s unique climate. “The landscaping was there when the building opened in 1995,” said Justin Zeulner, the Trail Blazers’ sustainability director. “We’re getting rid of the Kansas City landscaping. What we’re doing fits better with the character of Portland.”

Further projects in the works at the Moda Center include the introduction of two new local and sustainably-sourced concessionaires to the dining options for fans; new LED exterior lighting; and potential renovations to the stormwater systems surrounding the facility.

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Alliance Chairman Scott Jenkins Named GM of New Atlanta Falcons Stadium

Green Sports Alliance Chairman Scott Jenkins has been selected as the general manager of the new Atlanta stadium, which will be operated by a division of AMB Sports & Entertainment Group.  The announcement came from the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week. Jenkins will join the group on February 24 and will provide insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium.

Jenkins comes to the Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations.  He was responsible for all ballpark operations, capital budget planning and construction projects for Safeco Field, a 46,000-seat retractable roof stadium.  Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he opened and managed stadium operations for Lincoln Financial Field and the Novacare Complex that houses all team offices and training facilities. He also previously served as vice president of stadium operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom he opened and managed Miller Park, and as the general manager of the Kohl Center for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Scott joins us at an important time in the new stadium’s development,” Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said.  “His experience, dedication, leadership and passion for sports and facilities management will add tremendous value as we finalize the stadium design and begin construction in April.  We look forward to his contributions in these areas, as well as in managing the operations of the stadium beginning in 2017.”

Jenkins is a pioneer in the green building movement in sports and was an inaugural member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization co-founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council dedicated to improving green building practices in sport.  He now serves as the president and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance and was honored with the 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Award and the 2012 NW Energy Coalition Conservation Eagle Award.

“My interest in this project was sparked the first time I saw renderings of the stadium,” Jenkins said.  “Mr. Blank’s vision to create a cutting edge design will set a new standard for the stadium experience.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the effort to bring this vision to life.  This stadium will create an icon for Atlanta that will have many positive impacts in the city, region and state.”

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Green Sports Alliance and Township of Langley Team Up to Green Recreation Facilities

February 13, 2014 – The Township of Langley is tackling waste and going for environmental gold at its recreation facilities, thanks to a new partnership.

The municipality has joined forces with the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues, and leagues enhance their environmental performance.

Founding members of the Alliance include the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Seahawks, and the Seattle Mariners. The Township is the first municipality to officially partner with the organization.

“This really is an excellent fit,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “The Township of Langley has a goal to decrease waste, increase energy efficiency, and conserve water within our facilities. Having access to the professionals, expertise, and resources available through the Green Sports Alliance will help us make informed decisions so we can better meet those goals and reduce costs.”

Green Sports Alliance members represent more than 210 sports teams and venues from 16 different leagues. Since February of 2010, the Alliance has brought together venue operators, sports team representatives and executives, and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative.

“We are very excited to welcome the Township of Langley along with their venues and teams to the Green Sports Alliance,” said Scott Jenkins, Chairman of the Alliance and VP of Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners. “The addition of the municipality significantly strengthens our network, and we look forward to supporting their many sports greening efforts. We expect that this partnership and demonstrated leadership by the Township of Langley signals the start of deeper involvement from municipalities across North America.”

The partnership with the Township of Langley will see programs and tools put into place at the Langley Events Centre, George Preston Recreation Centre, McLeod Athletic Park, Willoughby Community Park, Aldergrove Athletic Park, and the Civic Facility.

Froese noted that the Township of Langley in partnership with Ten Feet Sports and Entertainment recently launched a comprehensive Zero Waste program at the Langley Events Centre (LEC). One of the first of its kind for mid-sized arenas in BC, the program aims to decrease the amount of waste generated and keep it out of landfills.

“We are already starting to see a significant reduction in the amount of waste at the Langley Events Centre,” Froese said. “The Zero Waste program serves as a flagship project for the Township and we would like to see this kind of initiative continued throughout our facilities and parks.”

Through the LEC program, zero waste stations have been created throughout the Centre, outdoor recycling receptacles were installed, and food waste and other organic materials are now collected and kept out of the garbage. Single serve items and non-recyclable packaging have been switched out for more sustainable products and a collection program for everything from paper, cardboard, batteries, and light bulbs to styrofoam, soft plastics, electronics, and small appliances has been established.

The benefits are financial as well as environmental, as the LEC has seen a 50% reduction in waste collection costs since the Zero Waste program launched in September.

Through the new partnership, the Green Sports Alliance will provide additional tools and strategies for waste diversion, energy efficiency, and water conservation that will help other Township facilities discover additional cost savings and reduce their environmental impact.

“Everyone has a role to play when it comes to protecting the earth for generations to come and this is a big step towards a greener future,” Froese said. “We look forward to seeing this partnership’s positive impact.”

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