100% Sport contributor, Jennifer Regan – Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer at We Bring It On Inc. and Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors member, recently participated in Sport 2.0 event, which took place in Rio during the Olympic Games. The event explored the power of sport, technology, and their combined ability to speed up and scale social and environmental actions for a better world. BT, LondonSport and the Mayor of London hosted the event at The British House. Below she outlines her experience and key takeaways from the event.
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The Rio Olympics served as a serendipitous backdrop for our event, as was coming to be defined as one of the most transparently challenging Olympics in the modern era. The candor with which the world is discussing Rio’s political corruption, financial turmoil, health and safety threats, pollution, congestion and the legacy of Olympic infrastructure gave me and the other speakers an imperative to honestly reflect on the current landscape of sport’s environmental and social impact, especially in thinking about what is working in our industry and what is not.
The panel I was on featured experts with a diverse range of perspectives, and was followed by an inspiring Q and A session with Michael Johnson. The panelists brought a variety of interesting vantage points from our respective industry experience. Representing the experience of large enterprise were Alex Ingles and myself. Alex is a corporate executive who has led telecom technology adoption across 15 different countries, including for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, while I have led the adoption of environmental sustainability practices for sport venues, teams and events across 14 different countries. We were privileged to have the elite athletes Ana Nasser and Michael Johnson as speakers as well, both of whom actively leverage their skills and recognition to create youth empowerment programs. Rounding out the panel was Mano Silva, a community organizer who, among other things, recognized the opportunity to use the development of local futbol pitches as a platform for community development and civic engagement.
What was perhaps most notable to me personally was how, despite the panelists divergent backgrounds, some powerful themes emerged throughout the session. The core of our connection was our realization that many of Rio’s challenges as a city and Brazil’s challenges as a developing nation mirror the challenges people experience, as observed in both our local and global communities. Despite the overwhelming scale and breadth these challenges seem to impose, in our own careers and specifically on this panel we focused on the similarities – seeking opportunities for leveraging sport for social and environmental betterment and looking for ways of using that momentum to take action steps forward.
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From Facility Executive
For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program has helped consumers and building owners identify top-performing products and buildings, driving improvements in energy and water use in residential and commercial facilities. Now, stadium and arena owners and operators are working with the EPA to create an ENERGY STAR® score that would allow them to see how well their venues compare against their peers when it comes to energy and water use. Those that score high may receive ENERGY STAR® certification from the EPA and earn recognition for outstanding environmental leadership. But, to develop a certification, the EPA needs the assistance of sports venue operators throughout the U.S. and Canada to provide anonymous energy and water data on their stadiums and arenas.
With that goal in mind, the U.S. DOE, EPA, Green Sports Alliance, and National Institute of Building Sciences are inviting sports venue owners and operators to take a survey about their facilities’ energy and water usage. The purpose of the survey is to identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, save money, and lead the way towards the possible development of a new ENERGY STAR® score and certification for stadiums and arenas.
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Department of Energy News & Blog
By Jason Hartke
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz takes a slap shot at Boston College’s Conte Forum to promote green sports arenas. | Photo by Simon Edelman, Energy Department.
They are the places where amazing happens. Where we hear the roar of the crowd. Where our hearts are lifted, and yes, sometimes shattered. They are the professional and collegiate stadiums and arenas that play host to the sports we love and are found in every part of the country. These special places make for a magnificent setting to watch and root for our various sport teams, yet also often stand out as iconic buildings representing proud, highly recognizable silhouettes in their respective city’s skyline.
For the past several years, the sports community has realized the importance of taking action on clean energy and is now playing an increasing leadership role on sustainability. And for many of the sports teams and leagues, these efforts have started with the stadiums. Today, there are about 30 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified sports venues that have been completed, or are currently in the construction phase according the U.S. Green Building Council. Even more have implemented energy efficiency projects and other resource conservation efforts to significantly reduce their environmental footprints. The leading efforts of these stadiums, and the many millions of people they reach, clearly reverberate throughout the community.
That’s why last March, DOE initiated an effort focused on better understanding the unique challenges faced by sports venues when it comes to saving energy and water.
In a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort, DOE teamed up with a group of esteemed partners – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) – to catalyze clean energy opportunities in these venerable sport venues.
This week, our collaboration takes a significant step forward – DOE and its partners released the Survey on Energy and Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas for sports venue owners and operators regarding their facilities’ energy and water usage. While this survey will provide important information to better identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, it will also be used as the foundation for creating a potential ENERGY STAR® score and certification specifically designed for sports venues.
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