Monthly Archives: May 2014

Husky Stadium Becomes First Sports Venue to Earn Salmon-Safe Certification

Since 2009, the University of Washington has committed to bringing its operations in line with Salmon-Safe certification. That extended to the renovations on Husky Stadium, home of the university’s football team, which became the first sports stadium to take into account the protection of salmon and waterways during construction.

Salmon-Safe certification entails the prevention of sediment runoff from construction sites. By implementing pollutant control and runoff protection measures, Turner Construction – the contractor that led the Husky Stadium renovations – was able to successfully meet the accreditation procedures that allowed the stadium to become the first in the United States to successfully meet the Salmon-Safe requirements.

Among the procedures required to meet the certification benchmarks included the use of reclaimed concrete from renovated sections, vehicle washing to prevent sediment contamination for all vehicles leaving the site, and the creation of stormwater detention ponds that resulted in the treatment to potable status of more than 7.8 million gallons of water from the site.

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Sacramento Kings Announce Partnership with Green Sports Alliance

Sacramento Kings Announce Partnership with
Green Sports Alliance
Nationally-Acclaimed Group to Advise Kings on “GreenPrint” Sustainability Agenda for ESC

The Sacramento Kings announced today a new partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), a nationally acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to helping sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance.

“We’re proud to join the Green Sports Alliance – it’s one more step on our journey to building the greenest arena in the greenest state in America,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “The Kings are committed to environmental sustainability because it’s the socially responsible and fiscally prudent path to take. Energy efficiency measures will help us save money, which we can reinvest into community programs, and recycling materials from the Downtown Plaza will find new life in projects throughout Sacramento.”

In joining the Alliance, the Kings and Sacramento will become part a national network of top professional and collegiate sports teams and entertainment and sports facilities who have pledged a commitment to measuring their environmental performance, developing strategies and goals to reduce their impact and monitoring their progress. Alliance members include NBA teams like the Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, as well as top sports facilities like the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

“The Sacramento Kings have shown great industry leadership in making a clear and public commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Martin Tull. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with the Kings as an Alliance member to learn from their existing facility operations and help apply advanced environmental strategy to the planning and design of the new arena.”

Going forward, a team of ESC sustainability advisors will identify and pursue specific strategies and initiatives to promote green design, construction and operations at the facility. GSA, and its vast member network, will provide additional support to the Kings advisors and initiatives. A wide range of ideas is already under consideration, including:

  • Pursuing opportunities to salvage, re-use and recycle materials during the Downtown Plaza demolition.
  • Leveraging energy efficiency strategies that range from the use of LED fixtures to utilizing the Delta Breeze as a natural cooling and temperature control mechanism. The ESC is anticipated to save enough energy over the course of a year to power a 200,000 square foot office building.
  • Implementing a number of innovative technologies including electric vehicle chargers and advanced lighting control, as well as tracking technologies that report the ESC’s ongoing sustainable performance. Similar monitoring technologies have been known to enhance a building’s performance by as much as 15 percent.
  • Evaluating the viability of installing up to 50,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof of the ESC, which would generate enough electricity to power over 120 Sacramento homes.
  • Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the facility, which can save over 40 percent of a typical arena’s water consumption, preserving enough water to fill five Olympic swimming pools every year.
  • Facilitating more efficient transportation through the use of light rail, biking, walking and streetcars in addition to electric car charging stations
  • Promoting the Sacramento “Farm to Fork” movement by offering locally-sourced food and agriculture in ESC food and beverage concessions.

The Kings will be featured presenters at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit on July 21-23 in Santa Clara, CA, which brings together more than 600 industry stakeholders to share and discuss environmental practices and proven solutions that help to advance the green sports movement.

Today’s announcement also represents the latest in a series of activities undertaken by the Kings to develop a robust green and sustainability agenda for the new ESC.

  • September 2013: The Kings committed to pursuing a LEED Gold certification, which would make the ESC the first LEED Gold in California and one of the first in the country to achieve this prestigious status. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a widely recognized green building certification process administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Achieving the “gold” certification status will require ambitious goals in a range of areas, including site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
  • October 2013: The Kings convened a focus group of top sustainability and green technology experts and advocates in the Sacramento region to discuss and vet a range of specific initiatives and strategies to ensure a strong green presence in the ESC project.
  • April 2014: The Kings completed a comprehensive, 13-month environmental impact analysis of the ESC site, which identified a range of significant sustainability benefits of moving from a suburban Natomas location to an urban downtown location. For example, studies concluded that the downtown location will reduce average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cut overall air emissions by 24 percent, and reduce travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent by 2020.

The Kings will release a full sustainability agenda on the ESC, called the “Sacramento ESC GreenPrint” at a later stage in the project.

Click here to see the release.

Andretti Formula E Joins the Green Sports Alliance


Legendary motorsports team signs on as first Alliance racing team member and featured speaker at 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit 

May 14, 2014 (Portland, Ore.) — The Green Sports Alliance, an unprecedented collaboration among teams, venues and leagues dedicated to the greening of the sports industry, has added an important name to the membership roster. The nonprofit organization announced today that Andretti Autosport’s Andretti Formula E team has become the first motorsports organization to join as an official member of the Alliance. Andretti Formula E has recently made integrating sustainability into the motorsports industry a priority. In 2013 they became the first American team to sign up for the FIA Formula E Championship, which exclusively features open-wheel race cars powered by electricity. Joining the Alliance illustrates the team’s further dedication to sustainable motorsports and communicating environmental responsibility and innovation to racing fans across the world.

“The Andretti name is synonymous with racing. Andretti Formula E made history with their investment in electric vehicle racing, and is now committing to improve their environmental performance by signing on as an official member of the Green Sports Alliance,” said Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. “The Alliance is currently working with a number of race tracks, and we look forward to expanding these efforts to work directly with the Andretti Formula E racing team and Andretti Sports Marketing event production team. Working directly with racing teams, motorsports tracks and the race organizers we’re able to create innovative and lasting solutions. We hope that this commitment from leaders in motorsports signals the start of deeper involvement from drivers and racing teams from all parts of the racing community.”

“We’re honored to be the first motorsports team to enter the Green Sports Alliance and hope we can help set a new benchmark within the industry,” said Andretti Formula E team-owner Michael Andretti. “The FIA Formula E series represents new innovations within racing that we hope will lead to better sustainability across not just motorsports, but the automotive industry as a whole.”

Along with becoming a member of the Alliance, Andretti Formula E’s sister company Andretti Sports Marketing will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit, July 21st-23rd in Santa Clara, CA.  Doug Bresnahan, Vice President, Marketing Partnerships at Andretti Sports Marketing, will participate on a panel of leaders from across the sports industry discussing how sustainability is presenting new opportunities in sports marketing.

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