Monthly Archives: January 2015

Safeco Field to Become First MLB Venue to Light Field with LED Lighting

Over the winter, Safeco Field in Seattle was retrofitted with new state-of-the-art GigaTera light fixtures from KMW Inc., making the ballpark the first in Major League Baseball to illuminate its field of play with LED technology. The Seattle Mariners collaborated with Planled over the offseason to replace the metal halide fixtures at Safeco Field with the new LED fixtures. The new lights are designed to last more than 30 times as long as traditional metal halide bulbs and will reduce the costs of lighting the Safeco Field playing surface by 60 to 70 percent.

The new lighting will also provide more uniform light on the playing surface, reducing glare and shadows for both players and spectators. Improved lighting will also improve the color rendering for television viewers. “The benefits of converting to LED lighting are across the board from the play on the field to supporting the Mariners long-established sustainability goals,” said Mariners’ vice president of ballpark operations Joe Myhra.

The new lighting will be revealed to the public on January 24 and 25 at the 17th Annual Seattle Mariners FanFest.

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NFL Urban Forestry Program to Celebrate 10th Anniversary during Arizona Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLIX is coming to University of Phoenix Stadium, the Glendale home of the Arizona Cardinals, on February 1. As part of the NFL’s marquee event, the league will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its urban forestry program by assisting the area’s ongoing efforts to increase the number of trees in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The NFL’s urban forestry program, part of the larger Super Bowl environmental program that enters its 22nd season this year, will assist in the implementation of Phoenix’s goal to have 25 percent canopy coverage of its urban spaces by 2030. The NFL could potentially work with both the city and local organizations like the Valley Permaculture Alliance, which works with local utilities to promote sustainable urban living in the desert through a program that gives free trees to homeowners to mitigate cooling costs and provide residential shade.

The NFL’s urban forestry program has changed its core mission over time, though the benefits of its tree-planting efforts have provided numerous benefits for its Super Bowl host cities – from shade to evaporative cooling, pollution scrubbing, and carbon sequestration.

“When we originally started tree planting, we did look at it as a carbon offset,” said NFL environmental program director Jack Groh. “How exactly do you measure the carbon sequestration of trees? But in the meantime, this is part of our overall greening strategy for Super Bowl, and it also leaves a nice legacy.”

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