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Thought Leaders, Athletes and High-Powered Brands Gather At 2015 NASCAR Green Summit

 

From NASCAR official release:

Thought Leaders, Athletes and High-Powered Brands Gather
At 2015 NASCAR Green Summit Presented By American Ethanol-E15

A cross-section of thought leaders and influencers in environmental sustainability, business and sport will gather today for the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol-E15. Convening in Chicago for the second time in the past three years, a distinguished roster of participants will examine the future of environmental sustainability and its impact on the American consumer.

Today’s keynote speaker is widely considered to be among the world’s leading authorities on energy, Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute. He will be joined by Dr. Marius Stan, Senior Scientist Nuclear Energy at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and actor from the television series Breaking Bad; Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Economics Lecturer at the University of Chicago in Public Policy and the Program on Global Environment; Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, President and Co-Founder of The Green Sports Alliance; Alderman Edward M. Burke of Chicago’s 14th Ward; and John Davies, Vice President and Senior Analyst at GreenBiz Group.

“The NASCAR Green Summit brings together an array of corporations, educators, policy makers, economists, scientists and athletes – all who share our commitment to help protect the environment,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “Today’s event allows for the real-time exchange of ideas, which helps the industry advance important initiatives that educate fans and ultimately drive sustainable behavior.”

As part of today’s summit, NASCAR will formally announce its membership of the Green Sports Alliance, a movement to make sports more sustainable through environmental performance. Since its founding in 2011, the Green Sports Alliance has grown to more than 300 professional and collegiate teams and venues from 20 difference sports leagues and 14 countries.

The 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol will recognize a number of Official NASCAR Partners that continue to push the bar in driving sustainable behavior. The program includes executives from some of the world’s most influential brands, such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, POET, Safety-Kleen, SunEdison, Sunoco, Toyota and presenting partner American Ethanol.

Additionally, athletes representing a number of sports properties, including NASCAR, NFL, NBA and UFC will be on-site. Scheduled to attend are Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing; Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports; Mike Miller, Portland Trailblazers; Will Weatherspoon, former NFL linebacker, sustainable farmer and reporter for the Rams Radio Network, and Robbie Lawler, current UFC Welterweight Champion. Leading conservation and sustainability organizations will also be represented, including Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and Quality Deer Management Association.

NASCAR will honor a number of teams and sanctioned tracks for their dedication to making a positive impact on the environment. Tracks receiving awards include, Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway. NASCAR teams being honored include Canada’s Best Racing Team, Ganassi Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.

For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www.nascar.com/green.

Keep the Cup Clean

Mark Davis

This is an embarrassing time for all sailors when the management of our most important grand prix event chooses to ignore its obligation to protect the waters upon which we pursue our passion.

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What goes up, must come down. Sea turtles, whales, birds and 267 other sea creatures are known to have suffered from ingestion or entanglement from plastic debris in the ocean. Researchers from Queensland recently found that in one study, 78% of the plastic recovered from a sample of sea turtles came from eating balloons. Image credit: Screen shot from video on America’s Cup Facebook Page.

The recent lax environmental oversight of the 35th America’s Cup Event Authority has damaged the reputation of this hallowed institution. After achieving the highest honor possible during the 34th Cup for implementing environmental sustainability best practices, it is surprising that the organizers would pollute the ocean by releasing balloons in Gothenburg. Or stand by while eleven acres of marine habitat are destroyed to increase the size of the race village in Bermuda.

Given the enormity of the environmental crises facing our planet, a few balloons and some habitat destruction may seem insignificant. However it will take a concerted effort from all of us working together to save our earth. The commitment by the America’s Cup Event Authority and Louis Vuitton in the past America’s Cup was evidence of people bonding together to be stewards of our oceans. All of us, as leaders in the sailing community have a profound responsibility to lead by example. It is what inspires each individual to believe that they too have a part in change. Thus we strongly urge this America’s Cup team to recognize their mistakes and renew their strong commitment to our environment, our shared home.

Implementing environmental sustainability best practices at every location is possible and the America’s Cup Event Authority has demonstrated they can create world-class events with a small footprint. We saw this realized in the sustainability effort throughout the events of the last edition. It just takes personal commitment.

As a title sponsor of the event and member of the LVMH group, Louis Vuitton has a responsibility to demand changes be made as to how the America’s Cup manages its environmental footprint. The Environmental Charter signed by LVMH’s CEO, Bernard Arnault in 2001 specifically states that the Group Companies will: 1) Aim for a high level of environmental performance; 2) Foster a collective commitment; and 3) Control environmental risks.

The proposed landfill in Bermuda will bury 11 acres of marine habitat and is known to support protected species including sea turtles, eagle rays and parrotfish.  Image credit: Sailing Scuttlebutt

The proposed landfill in Bermuda will bury 11 acres of marine habitat and is known to support protected species including sea turtles, eagle rays and parrotfish.  Image credit: Sailing Scuttlebutt

NHL AND CONSTELLATION INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE™ USA

Cambria County War Memorial Arena to Install Energy Efficient LED Lighting Technology

NEW YORK (September 2, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and its official energy services partner, Constellation, will extend their joint commitment to improve environmental sustainability within the sport of hockey for Kraft Hockeyville USA, the Sept. 29 preseason game between the Pittsburgh Penguins® and Tampa Bay Lightning® at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pa.

As part of the arena’s electricity supply agreement with Constellation, energy efficient LED lighting will be installed throughout the facility, including above the ice surface to reduce glare and improve game presentation and visibility for players. Installed with support from SYLVANIA Lighting Solutions, an OSRAM Americas company and local Constellation channel partner, the new lighting will help the arena control electricity and maintenance costs.

 As a result of the LED lighting upgrade, the arena is expected to reduce electricity consumption by more than 25 percent and avoid the creation of 336,836 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The upgrade requires no up-front investment from the arena through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy program, which combines energy supply with energy conservation measures.
                     
“Constellation is pleased to support the NHL in achieving its energy and environmental goals,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. “Energy efficiency is an essential part of an effective energy management strategy. We look forward to working with the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on this efficiency project and a great preseason game in September.”  

In addition to Constellation’s implementation of LED lighting improvements, Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena is currently undergoing $150,000 in upgrades to its ice-making equipment and youth locker rooms, with support from Kraft, the NHL and the NHLPA, to provide a better game experience for community members year-round.

As the official energy services partner of the NHL, Constellation – a leading competitive energy and services company – conducts energy efficiency analyses and recommends energy management strategies for the NHL’s facilities.

Constellation is also a supporter of NHL Green, the comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative launched by the League in 2010 to address the effects of climate change and freshwater scarcity on the game of hockey. The NHL is the first professional sports league in North America to issue a sustainability report, documenting and disclosing the League’s carbon footprint.  For more information on NHL Green, visit NHL.com/Green.

Greenhouse gas emissions from League activities during Kraft Hockeyville™ USA – from electricity consumption to player travel – will be counterbalanced through Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets, supplied at the NHL’s request by Constellation.  Through its partnership with Constellation, the NHL® now ranks as the 17th largest user of green power in the U.S., according to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  

Read the full press release.

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