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Monthly Archives: August 2016

New Survey Looks at Energy & Water Performance of Sports Venues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29, 2016

Contact: Dania Gutierrez
dania@greensportsalliance.org 646.650.5970

New Survey Looks at Energy & Water
Performance of Sports Venues

Input Wanted from Stadium & Arena Operators and Managers ​

DOE + NIBS + ENERGYSTAR

Portland, OR (August 29, 2016) –
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Green Sports Alliance, and National Institute of Building Sciences launched a survey today to get the input of sports venue owners and operators about their facilities’ energy and water usage. The purpose of this ground-breaking initiative 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.

For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program has helped consumers and building owners identify top-performing products and buildings, thus 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 United States and Canada to provide anonymous energy and water data on their stadiums and arenas.

The project team, consisting of representatives from DOE, EPA, the Green Sports Alliance and the National Institute of Building Sciences, will take the data received from the survey on Energy and Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas to examine the current state of energy and water performance of sports venues, and identify the possibilities and challenges that exist in achieving the design, construction and operation of high-performance sports facilities. The team will then compile and publish a report that highlights the key findings of the survey and provides strategies to support enhancing energy and water efficiency across professional and collegiate sports venues.

Results from this survey will be reported only in the aggregate; individual responses will remain confidential. The report of the findings is expected to be released by early 2017.

Take the survey.

Need more information first? 
The project team will host a webinar on August 31 from at 10:00 am to 11:00 am PT (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET), to provide additional details on the survey, discuss the intended use of the results and help answer questions from potential respondents. Co-hosts of the webinar include the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Stadium Managers Association (SMA) and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Register to attend on the GoTo Webinar Registration Page.

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About the Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent over 370 teams, venues and universities from 20 leagues in 14 countries. Visit www.greensportsalliance.org to learn more, follow on Twitter at @SportsAlliance, and join the global conversation at #GreenSports.

About National Institute of Building Sciences
The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology. For more information, visit www.nibs.org. Follow on Twitter at @NIBS_News.

Worldwide Olympic Partners Bridgestone and Dow Team with Rio 2016 to Advance Education through Sport

2016.08.26-Bridgestone & Dow in Rio-IMAGE.jpgIn an effort to create new educational opportunities for students and teachers across Brazil, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a global leader in science and innovation, and Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, worked with key stakeholders in cities throughout Brazil to support and evolve Transforma, the official education program of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Aligning with its 2025 Sustainability Goals, Dow served as the premier corporate partner of Transforma and provided content focused on science and sport. Dow scientists worked in partnership with Rio 2016 educators to develop nine digital classes in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental studies that are taught through the lens of the Olympic Games.

In addition, Bridgestone reached more than 270,000 students through the creation of digital training modules for sustainability practices related to water, waste, animals and conscious consumption, as well as four television programs focused on sport and education. Bridgestone also helped organize sports festivals in these two communities that helped more than 1,200 students and 100 teachers engage with new Olympic and Paralympic sports, including diving, badminton, judo, table tennis and karate, among others.

“Bridgestone has a history of supporting sports in Brazil, and we are proud that through our Worldwide Olympic Partnership we can help advance a social legacy through sports and education,” said Fabio Fossen, president of Bridgestone Brazil. “We are honored to collaborate with a fellow TOP to support Transforma in this important work and bring the excitement of the Olympic Games beyond Rio de Janeiro.”

Read the full press release here.

Leveraging the Power of Sports to Promote Sustainability

Erb Institute Perspective Blog
University of Michigan
By Sean Pavlik

Sean Pavlik (Erb 2018) at the 2016 Green Sport Alliance Summit at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Sean Pavlik (Erb 2018) at the 2016 Green Sport Alliance Summit at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Sports organizations are increasingly leveraging their cultural and market influence to promote sustainable communities. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas where I heard stories on this topic from a wide array of sports practitioners and league representatives. A longstanding interest of mine, the intersection of sports and sustainability is at the forefront of my SNRE master’s project work with the National Football League’s (NFL) Green Bay Packers.

The Green Sports Alliance (GSA) is the leading organization working on sustainability issues with professional and collegiate sports teams, venues, and events. Established five years ago in the Pacific Northwest with just a few local teams, the GSA now counts over 370 teams and venues among its membership. Below are a few takeaways and observations from last month’s Summit.

Teaming Up With the Community
At the Summit I spoke with Linda Gancitanois, who was honored by the White House last year for her work as the founder of the “How Low Can You Go?”energy challenge in Florida. Teaming up with the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Miami Heat, the program connects 80 local schools in a friendly and educational energy-saving challenge. Each year, the winning schools are recognized on court at a Miami Heat game during the NBA’s Green Week. For the 2015 challenge, participating schools saved an impressive 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity and lowered their energy bills by nearly $150,000.

Striking Corporate Partnerships
Collegiate sports programs such as the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Texas at Austin have established sustainability partnerships with corporations such as BASF, Wells Fargo, PepsiCo, White Wave Foods, and Coca-Cola. Sponsorships such as these are a true win-win for both parties. Athletic departments have greater capabilities to take their sustainability programs to new heights while the corporations receive positive recognition that boosts their on-campus recruitment efforts.

The University of Colorado’s sports sustainability efforts are perhaps the most advanced in the nation. Among their recent initiatives, the University athletic department teamed up with corporate sustainability partner Wells Fargo to launch its Water for the West Campaign in early 2016. The Campaign aims to raise awareness of water conservation in the region through a pledge campaign and in-game interactions such as the Wells Fargo “Make it Rain” half-court shot competition at basketball games.

Read the full blog post here.

Register here for the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Sacramento, CA.

SPORTS MEMBERS INCLUDE...
390
TOTAL SPORTS MEMBERS
184
TEAMS
191
VENUES
15
LEAGUES