It was announced late last month that the Green Sports Alliance has been short-listed as a finalist for the StadiumBusiness Sustainability Award 2014. The StadiumBusiness Awards recognize leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. For the second time in three years, the Alliance has made the short-list for the Sustainability Award. The Alliance is in the hunt to win the award for “achievement, success or leadership in the pursuit of sustainable venue and event management” and is in the esteemed company of the following green sports leaders and projects:
- Allianz Park: ‘Sustainability Focus’, UK
- Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment: ‘Taking Environmentalism to Heart’, Canada
- M&T Bank Stadium: ‘LEED Gold Certification’, USA
- The Llanelli Scarlets for UK’s Largest Stadium Installation of Solar PVs, UK
- United States Tennis Association: ‘Decreasing the Environmental Footprint’, USA
We’re pleased to see many Alliance members on the short-list this year. The winners will be announced during TheStadiumBusiness Summit in London on June 4, 2014. So stay tuned!
Click here to find out more about the StadiumBusiness Awards 2014.
In June of 2009 MetLife Stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the intention of improving the facility’s environmental sustainability and becoming a steward of green operation. The EPA recently released its annual assessment of the stadium’s progress toward that goal, and the data again shows significant environmental gains at the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
The analysis shows that the total MTCO2e reduction under the Green MOU is currently at 238,325 tons and over $22.4 million in savings. This is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions from burning 1,278 railcars worth of coal or a coal train stretching 19 miles long.
These results were due to contributors and reductions, including the following:
- Increasing solid waste recycling by 11% from 1,485 tons to 1,648 tons
- Increased parking lots tailgating waste recycling from 33% to over 50%
- Increasing food donations to 5.5 tons
- Increasing food composting to 27% from 153 tons to 195 tons
- Increasing waste cooking oil recycling by 288% to 37.5 tons
- Increasing electronics recycling to over 1,700 lbs
During 2014, MetLife Stadium will continue efforts to be national leaders in the green sports movement and further reduce its carbon footprint by implementing major energy conservation, fan environmental education/engagement activities and sustainable materials management practices.
Read the full March 2014 assessment here.
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On March 29, AEG Facilities venues around the world participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, cutting all non-essential lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time as a symbolic and sustainable way to show support for the environment. 56 venues affiliated with AEG Facilities, in 35 cities on four continents, participated in the event.
Venues also took advantage of the worldwide event, which involved more than 7000 cities around the globe, to host activities highlighting various aspects of sustainability and the environment. This year’s Earth Hour events, part of AEG’s broader long-term sustainability initiatives, occurred in advance of the company’s release of the third AEG 1EARTH Environmental Sustainability Report due out later this year. Among the additional events included:
- The StubHub Center in Carson, California, which shut down the lights at its Velo Sports Center and used glow-in-the-dark stickers to host an Earth Day bike ride.
- The STAPLES Center in Los Angeles cut all of its lights and then illuminated its exterior green during the Earth Hour.
- In Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre hosted an environmentally-themed movie screening for visitors to the facility.
“Earth Hour is one of many events AEG-affiliated venues participate in throughout the year to engage our guests and employees in environmental issues,” John Marler, AEG’s senior director of energy and environment systems, said about the coordinated global event. “We manage dozens of iconic venues worldwide, from the O2 in London to STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and Earth Hour is a perfect opportunity for us to leverage their visibility for good.”
Read the full article here.
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