Monthly Archives: January 2015

Miami Heat Partners with NRG Energy

The Miami Heat redoubled their sustainability efforts with the announcement of a business and clean energy partnership with NRG Energy. The partnership provides the Heat with a key long-term advisor as the team continues to seek ways to improve green operations at AmericanAirlines Arena. The venue, in in its 15th year of operations, recently became the first sports and entertainment facility to receive LEED Gold re-certification  from the US Green Building Council.

As part of the partnership, NRG Energy is transforming the East Plaza at AmericanAirlines Arena into a solar pavilion to showcase the company’s clean energy technology to millions of fans and Miami visitors. The renovation, estimated to be complete by November 2015, will feature 16- to 24-inch circular windows fitted with translucent solar panels utilizing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar technology.

“We are in the midst of a social movement that demands attention to clean energy,” NRG CEO David Crane said about the partnership, “and with the Miami HEAT, one of the most well-known international sports brands, as our partner, we hope to continue to serve as catalysts to this movement.”


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Carolina Panthers Engage Fans to Set New Recycling Record

The Carolina Panthers, in the 18th season of their team recycling program, set a new waste diversion record in their sixth season of providing recycling to the fans tailgating outside of Bank of America Stadium. The recycling initiative, which was spearheaded by the Panthers and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, includes Bojangles, Center City Partners, the City of Charlotte Solid Waste, and the various parking lot operators as partners. In 2014, the Panthers collected over 45 tons of recycling outside the stadium, in addition to diverting 83 tons of recycling and food waste from inside the venue.

A large part of the program’s success has been due to volunteer engagement with tailgaters and fans. As awareness has spread, the program has gained popularity. “We have terrific fans that come to Bank of America Stadium and a dedicated group of folks that have worked together to put this program in place,” said Scott Paul, Director of Stadium Operations. “Our fans have bought into the recycling program at the parking lots around the stadium so much so that they now approach our volunteers to ask for the yellow Bojangles recycling bag.”

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AmericanAirlines Arena World’s First LEED Gold-Recertified Sports Facility

Five years after receiving its first LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami has furthered its commitment to sustainable operations and principles. The home of the NBA’s Miami Heat has been rewarded for that dedication by receiving the first LEED Gold recertification ever granted to a sports and entertainment facility by the USGBC.

Some notable achievements by AmericanAirlines Arena include:

  • Chemical-free maintenance of the building exterior to prevent potential contamination of groundwater and soil erosion
  • The installation of efficient plumbing to reduce water use by over 4 million gallons from previous levels
  • The diversion of over 330,000 pounds of waste from landfills
  • Sustainable purchasing policies for cleaning and office supplies
  • Underground parking and a reflective roof surface to reduce the “heat island” effect of the stadium footprint
  • A commitment to renewable energy sources and efficient energy use in collaboration with Bonneville Environmental Foundation

“The HEAT Group is very proud to be a leader of the sustainability movement in both our industry and our beloved city,” HEAT Group president of business operations Eric Woolworth said about the recertification. “Achieving LEED Gold is the fantastic culmination of our ongoing efforts over the past five years to behave in an environmentally responsible way that has a positive effect on our community and our planet.”

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