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Commissioner Bettman and NHL to be honored at 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit


June 26, 2014 (Portland, Ore.) — The Green Sports Alliance will honor NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman with the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award for his visionary work and guidance in establishing NHL Green and promoting sustainable business practices across the League. The award presentation will take place at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit on Tuesday, July 22nd in Santa Clara, CA.

The Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award is presented to a member of the sports industry who has demonstrated leadership and has provided significant contributions to environmental sustainability. The award is voted on by the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from professional sports organizations, leading environmental nonprofits and other organizations affiliated with the sports industry.

“The National Hockey League family truly is honored,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “As intensely as our Clubs compete against one another on the ice, all are unified by the commitment to become a more sustainable business, to combat major environmental challenges and to preserve the roots of our game.”

Established by Commissioner Bettman in 2010, with support from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), NHL Green is the comprehensive, high-impact environmental sustainability initiative of the NHL. The initiative is spurred by five goals: tracking impacts; reducing energy, waste and water; offsetting impacts; supporting environmental programs; and inspiring environmental progress. Working together with NHL Clubs, the League has started on a journey toward greater sustainability. As an industry first, the NHL will release an environmental report that documents sustainability-oriented initiatives of the League, Clubs and partners at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in July.

“The NHL is the first professional sports league to develop and release a sustainability report,” said Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Martin Tull. “Commissioner Bettman’s demonstrated leadership with the production of this historic report, along with all NHL Green programs and initiatives, has significantly contributed to the growth of the green sports movement. The League’s efforts to track and measure the environmental impact of the NHL is not only helping to combat environmental concerns that impact the sport, but is also setting a great example for the entire sports industry.”

NHL Director of Sustainability Omar Mitchell will accept the Environmental Leadership Award on Commissioner Bettman’s behalf at the Santa Clara Convention Center on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm. Following the award presentation, Mitchell, three-time NHL All-Star & Hall of Famer Michael Richter, Vancouver Canucks Executive Vice President and Arena General Manager Michael Doyle, and NRDC Senior Scientist Dr. Allen Hershkowitz will join SportsBusiness Journal Executive Editor Abraham Madkour for a special panel discussion on the greening of the NHL.

For the third year, the Alliance is honored to offer the award of Studio Edition artwork by renowned artist Dale Chihuly to Commissioner Bettman.

Five World Cup Stadiums Earn LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council announced last week that five stadiums built or renovated for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil have earned LEED certification. It continues a growing trend of LEED-certified construction in the South American nation, which has become one of the top five countries worldwide in LEED construction with more than 3 million gross square meters of certified buildings.

The stadiums include the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the World Cup final on July 12 and also serve as one of the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Originally constructed six decades earlier as the showcase stadium the last time that Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, the Maracanã was certified LEED Silver after incorporating several innovative sustainability features into its renovated architecture – including rainwater reservoirs to supplement water use and photovoltaic panels on the roof that help power the stadium. Other stadiums have also incorporated similar designs, reducing potable water use by as much as 67 percent and diverting 75-95 percent of construction waste from landfills.

In addition to the Maracanã, the other World Cup stadiums that earned LEED status include:

  • Castelao Arena in Fortaleza (LEED Certified)
  • Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador (LEED Silver)
  • Arena da Amazônia in Manaus (LEED Silver)
  • Arena Multiuso in Recife (LEED Silver)

“The entire country of Brazil is making history with these LEED stadiums,” managing director of Green Building Council Brasil Felipe Faria said about the announcement. “The many green elements incorporated into these stadiums will reduce the environmental impact of the games on Brazil from improved transit access to lower water and energy consumption.”

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St. Louis Cardinals Show Economic Impact of Going Green

Two years after moving to the new Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals implemented their “4 A Greener Game” sustainability plan to mitigate the environmental impacts of hosting Major League Baseball games. Since 2008, the team has shown major improvements in reducing energy use and waste generation.

For the Cardinals, the biggest impacts have come in the form of reduced energy use. By switching to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for nearly all the lighting throughout Busch Stadium, St. Louis has cut its energy costs by 20 percent. They have also installed more energy-efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems throughout the ballpark.

In addition to energy savings, the team has also benefitted from policies that have diverted over 2,500 tons of waste from landfills through recycling and composting programs. In the process, the Cardinals have reduced solid waste output by 30 percent. They have also reduced water use at the ballpark by 10 percent.

“It’s keeping score, not only from an energy standpoint but from a dollar standpoint,” Cardinals vice president of stadium operations Joe Abernathy said. “If you won’t keep score, you’ll never know.”

Read the full article here.

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