Monthly Archives: April 2017

NC State University Reynolds Coliseum Achieves LEED Silver For Sustainability

By cwdavis3 | NC State Sustainability

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Basketball court in the renovated Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State University’s recent renovation of its Reynolds Coliseum has earned national sustainability certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Reopened in September 2016 following a 16-month renovation, the building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level in March 2017.

The 186,000-square-foot multipurpose arena originally opened in 1949 and is one of campus’ nine hallowed spaces, which prompted the university to renovate the aging building instead of replacing it.

“Among the most significant sustainability efforts of this project is that it’s a renovation, not a new building,” said Liz Bowen, an NC State sustainability program coordinator specializing in the university’s built environment. “A renovation allowed the building’s historic elements to be preserved and existing materials to be reused when possible.”

The building is now home to NC State’s ROTC program and several Wolfpack athletics teams, including women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s wrestling and rifle.

Other sustainability features of the facility include:

  • New energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system
  • Exterior replacement windows that better insulate the building and save energy
  • Integration of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that save water
  • Native and adaptive species of outdoor plants that require little to no irrigation
  • An air quality management plan during construction that ensured a healthy interior environment free of contaminants and high-emitting materials, paints and finishes
  • Infrastructure for alternative transportation, including bike racks, pedestrian paths and a bus stop served by six different Wolfline campus bus routes

Reynolds is the fifteenth university building since 2011 to earn LEED certification, bringing the total amount of LEED-certified space on campus to more than 1 million square feet.

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Natur-tec Highlight: Charlotte, NC’s Spectrum Center


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As part of an ongoing effort to highlight dedicated and passionate organics recycling and diversion programs across the country, Natur-Blog spoke to the team heading up the recycling program at Charlotte, NC’s Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets. This is a summary of how their program was founded and the success they’ve seen since its inception.


With tens of millions of viewers tuning in each night to watch their favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, it’s becoming increasingly vital for these teams and their homes to be cognizant of the power they yield when making a difference in the world, especially with so much emphasis being placed on the environment and sustainability in recent years.

The Charlotte Hornets were fully aware of this responsibility when in early 2015 they began talks with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and the city of Charlotte to develop and install a comprehensive recycling plan. As organics recycling and composting was nonexistent at Spectrum Center at the time, the only way was up.  This wasn’t going to be an overnight success and there were no such expectations, but Spectrum Center and CRVA staff aimed to be part of one of the most sustainable organizations in the NBA and it was clear that the time was right to launch such a program.

“With hundreds of thousands of patrons passing through our doors each year, it is important for us to understand the impact our waste has on the environment,” said Spectrum Center General Manager Donna Julian. “Through the addition of recycling and composting, we have been able to significantly cut down the amount of waste coming out of our building.”

Getting Started

Upon the program’s inception, the primary focus immediately turned to recycling as the platform to build on. First efforts were largely shaped thanks to a collaboration with Waste Management, who assisted Spectrum Center and CRVA staff in forming their program by providing them with a waste characterization study which analyzed Spectrum Center’s waste generation and collection efforts over a six-month period. Contamination is always a concern as it relates to recycling.

Not only does it affect the quality of the materials captured, it will add downstream process burdens that result in increased costs. In an effort to help address this concern, Waste Management provided Spectrum Center with a specialty single stream waste bin which was instrumental in reducing contamination while aiding collection efforts. Because of this bin and dedicated inspection of bins and bags, contamination has been contained to a minimum since the program began.

With the help of the waste characterization study, over the next six months Spectrum Center began to work with vendors and service providers such as Jani-King, SupplyWorks, Levy Restaurants, Earth Farms, and the aforementioned Waste Management to develop the steps needed to meet the NBA’s blossoming “green” movement. Regularly scheduled internal meetings which involved various stakeholders were vital, as was constant feedback from all of those involved. These meetings helped shape the future of the program on a real-time basis while identifying opportunities for growth. Out of these partnerships came a system where separate vendors pick up food scraps, corrugate, grease, shredded paper, and pallets, while Waste Management serves as the aluminum and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics hauler.

Though there are many challenges to work around and overcome, having strong partnerships is essential with the goal of achieving a robust recycling program with maximum buy-in from all involved.

“We would not be able to undertake this effort without the assistance of all of our vendors and service providers,” Julian said. “From our food and beverage partner, to our janitorial staff, to the companies that help us with recycling and combustion, having each group play its part has been critical to our early success.”

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LA 2024 Releases New South Bay Venue Renderings To Celebrate Earth Day


LA 2024 StubHub Velo Sports Center – Olympic Track Cycling; Paralympic Road Cycling

LA 2024 StubHub Velo Sports Center – Olympic Track Cycling; Paralympic Road Cycling

The Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Saturday celebrated Earth Day by “highlighting its designated Green Sports Park, the South Bay Sports Park at the multi-sport StubHub Center complex.”

LA 2024 released a new series of venue renderings of the Green Sports Park – the South Bay Sports Park at the multi-sport StubHub Center complex – marking the second in a series of virtual venue tours.

These renderings include StubHub Center Fields for Olympic Field Hockey;  StubHub Stadium for Olympic Rugby and Modern Pentathlon and Paralympic Soccer 5 a Side;  StubHub Tennis Center for Olympic Tennis and Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis and StubHub Velo Sports Center for Olympic Track Cycling and Paralympic Road Cycling.

In a statement the bid said “LA 2024 will collaborate with the South Bay Sports Park’s venue owner and operator, AEG, to incorporate resilient design, including clean energy, water efficiency and resource reuse, as well as innovative circular economy solutions for all temporary and overlay construction. LA 2024’s Green Sports Park will also serve as a demonstration for what is possible and scalable with local and regional business solutions through sustainable sourcing, labor contracting and resource efficient design.”

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said “We believe that the IOC has a unique opportunity in 2024 to position the Games at the forefront of sustainability best practices, not only in terms of hosting global sporting events, but also in terms of how global sporting events can be harnessed to further a city’s long-term green goals.

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