Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Home of Cricket Goes Into Bat Against Climate Change

By Jess Shankleman

Source: Met Office

Source: Met Office

England’s home of cricket said it’s joining the fight against climate change to avert more damage from severe weather that has already cost millions of pounds and wrecked historic grounds where the sport is played.

Marylebone Cricket Club signed an agreement with EDF Energy Plc that shifts its electricity consumption to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a statement released Tuesday. The club’s Lord’s cricket ground made the move after new figures showed storms and flooding linked to climate change caused more than 3.5 million pounds ($4.3 million) of damage across 57 cricket clubs in a single stormy month.

“We know that climate change made the record wet weather in December 2015 considerably more likely,” said Piers Forster, director of the Priestley International Center for Climate, in a statement released by a group of civil society groups called The Climate Coalition. “U.K. weather will always bowl us the odd googly, but climate change is making them harder to defend against.”

Storm Desmond in December 2015 brought severe gales and heavy rainfall across Britain, causing power cuts and flooding thousands of people out of their homes. That winter was the second wettest since records began in 1910, with rainfall 160 percent heavier than experienced over almost three decades running to 2010, according to the U.K.’s Met Office.

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South San Francisco USD Celebrates New, High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at El Camino High School


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South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. The makeover taking place on the athletic field is just one key part of a comprehensive, district-wide program enhancing the District’s sustainability profile as well as linking technical facility upgrades to STEM initiatives across grade levels. A large crowd including District Leadership, local elected officials, 25 student athletes representing a wide array of El Camino sports teams, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses.

Through a long-term project with OpTerra Energy Services, based in Oakland with a local workforce of engineers serving the Bay Area, the initiative will save the District over $2 Million for the General Fund and create over 30 construction jobs for the skilled local workforce.

Brightening the Night for Student Athletes

After years of collaboration that brought the development of solar installations and a STEM Institute to the District, SSFUSD and OpTerra are now entering a new chapter of project to deliver additional solar capacity, interior/exterior LED lighting retrofits, and the installation of the brand new LED stadium lighting at El Camino High School’s ‘Colts Field.’

The installation of 96 brand new LED stadium lights at the El Camino High School athletic field is a central feature to supporting an enriched student and fan experience at SSFUSD in 2017. The El Camino Colts have never had permanent field lighting for any athletic events over the past 50 years, relying on use of other District facilities for night games and single-use, low-efficiency rental lights.

Not only will the Colts’ new LEDs be the most energy efficient lighting available, the directed light they cast provides razor-sharp definition to ensure clear visibility on the field and in the stands.

South San Francisco’s self-described “Friday Night Lights” effort will achieve great things for more than 1,400 students at El Camino High School, including:

  • Allowing El Camino student-athletes to compete later in the evening, when their parents, teachers, and community members can attend home games
  • Creating a safe environment for evening sporting events and special community events such as graduation
  • Reducing early class dismissals for student athletes

As Assistant Athletic Director Eric Jacobson enthusiastically shared with the community, “This is a dream come true for so many Colts who ever played on that field from 1961-2016. Thank you to all those who have brought lights to the beautiful Colts Field.”

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Bruins Announce Green Up New England Challenge

By Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

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The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today the launch of their Green Up New England Challenge in partnership with Project Green Schools and Walmart. This new initiative aims to develop Green Student Leaders in schools throughout New England.

Schools across New England that enter the challenge will be asked to compete in energy reduction, waste reduction, water reduction, best green school practices, best green community practices, and best green sports practices. Awards will be given for each category.

To participate in the challenge, schools will be asked to complete an online application by March 22, 2017. Apply here.

A team of judges will measure submitted applications on the following: overall concept, environmental impact, creativity, number of participants engaged, and how effective schools were at getting the message out. One grand prize winning school will receive a classroom/sustainability lab makeover from the Boston Bruins and Walmart next fall.

Honorees will be announced on March 28 and will be recognized at the Bruins game on April 1 vs. the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

To enter this challenge, administrators, teachers, and students can fill out the entry form on projectgreenschools.org. For questions regarding the Green Up New England Challenge, contact Project Green Schools at: info@projectgreenschools.org or call (508) 272-9653.

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