Monthly Archives: September 2015

Oracle Arena Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

September 17th, OAKLAND, CA – AEG Facilities managed Oracle Arena announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

38_OracleArena_FloorLogo“Ensuring that we have a positive impact on the Oakland/ Alameda County community and our environment is extremely important to us” said Krystle von Puschendorf, Sustainability Programs Manager for Oracle Arena, “We are proud to have achieved LEED certification and are dedicated to running an environmentally friendly operation here in Oakland.”

To become LEED certified Oracle Arena made a number of impactful environmentally friendly upgrades throughout the venue, for example, replacing all 30% recycled paper with 100% recycled paper and using all 100% post-consumer recycled paper products in restrooms. Additionally Oracle Arena created recycling stations throughout the office for e-waste, installed low flow aerators for water conservation, partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel, implemented ORBIO Sc-5000 which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create a cleaning solution versus using chemicals, retrofitted the arena, replacing all arena lighting with low energy fixtures and lamps as well as motion sensors in key areas to provide energy savings of more than $80,000 a month.

“It’s been a goal of AEG Facilities to achieve LEED Certification for Oracle Arena with the enthusiastic support of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board” said Chris Wright, Vice President and General Manager, “we are constantly looking for ways to make our operation more eco-efficient and will continue to identify future projects that are in line with our goals.”

Oracle Arena achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like AEG Facilities Oakland, Oracle Arena are addressing it through local solutions.”

About Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum
Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, managed by AEG Facilities, are the premiere sports and entertainment complexes in Northern California. Home of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics as well as host to concerts, family shows and special events. Additional information on Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, including a complete schedule of events can be found online at www.coliseum.com.

Dutch Eredivisie Tops 2015 Responsiball Rankings

Responsiball, created five years ago to assess the level of social responsibility for clubs in the top division of 19 major soccer leagues around the globe, recently released the 2015 edition of its annual rankings and report. Taking the top spot for the first time, the Netherlands topped this year’s list thanks to the efforts of the clubs competing in the Eredivisie.


The rankings evaluate clubs in the major leagues on three main social responsibility pillars — Governance, Community, and Environment. In the realm of environmental stewardship, the report demonstrates that clubs around the globe have historically directed their energy toward sound economic and operational management and comprehensive community engagement instead of sustainable practices. (The average Environment score is seven percent, one-fourth the mean score for Governance and slightly more than one-fifth the Community average.)

“Organisations are taking a lot more responsibility for the value they contribute to society,” said Ezra de Korte, a consultant with Better Future and a trainer at the René Meulensteen Academy. “If we take a look at the football clubs, we have observed a strong growth with respect to the development of communities. Clubs and federations are becoming more aware of their role and purpose in society.”



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University of Colorado Expands Sports Sustainability Projects

As part of its campus-wide sustainability efforts, the University of Colorado introduced several new projects in conjunction with the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program introduced in 2008. The projects, aimed at engaging fans and encouraging environmentally friendly practices, were first revealed during the Buffaloes’ September 12 home football opener against Massachusetts.


Among the new initiatives are the Bring Your Bottle Back to Life campaign, organized in partnership with PepsiCo. The program, part of a broader goal to achieve a 90 percent recycling rate on the CU campus in Boulder, will distribute free T-shirts made from recycled plastic fibers into the crowd at Folsom Field after every Buffaloes touchdown. The university is also implementing a drive to promote the use of non-motorized transportation and public transportation to arrive at the stadium for gamedays, as well as providing opportunities for fans to pledge their own water conservation efforts at the same time that CU works to balance its water footprint through restoration projects aimed at replenishing 10 million gallons to Colorado watersheds.

“We want to reward our sustainability-minded fans and build a stronger community culture around sustainable practices,” said CU athletic director Rick George about the expanded sustainability focus. “We’re asking our fans to raise their games at home, work and play.”



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