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Sports Teams Using Platform to Promote Going Green

By Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service – OR

The Portland Timbers are a member of the Green Sports Alliance, which is helping teams, stadiums and fans go green. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The Portland Timbers are a member of the Green Sports Alliance, which is helping teams, stadiums and fans go green. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Sports reach millions of viewers each year and attract thousands of fans to every game, which means teams and athletes have a lot of influence.

The Green Sports Alliance recognizes that the footprint for stadiums and arenas is big. So it’s focusing on sustainable ways to provide energy, water and food, and also decrease waste.

This movement started six years ago with the Portland Trail Blazers and now includes nearly 400 teams and venues around the world.

Justin Zeulner, the group’s executive director, says teams also have an opportunity to inform fans.

“So we’re doing the right thing in our facility by purchasing this type of food or doing the right thing in energy, water, waste or transportation,” he states. “Join us. That starts to be a huge multiplier with the impacts that that’s potential for.”

The Portland Timbers, Oregon State Beavers and the University of Oregon Ducks are members of the Alliance. Environmental groups such as the National Resources Defense Council, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and others helped found the alliance.

Zeulner says sports bring together fans of all different stripes and is almost unrivaled in its ability to do so. He says that provides the sports world with an opportunity, even obligation, to promote a sustainable future.

“When you start to unify people under a singular platform and then start to ask them to be a part of that through means, whether it’s environmental or social, you start to move the needle and you get people to actually take legitimate action, join each other and make progress toward your goals,” he points out.

Zeulner stresses the stakes for the environment are high, so people must act now to save it.

“Everyone that’s involved in the sports industry is leading, and we are taking this moment in time to express that and ask for others to join us, and we encourage everyone to get involved,” he states.

The Alliance will be in Sacramento at the end of June for its annual summit.

View the full story here.

Scott Jenkins of Mercedes-Benz Stadium & Chair of the Green Sports Alliance to speak at Compost2018

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by CDR Staff

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Komptech Americas a supplier of machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and for the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, has committed to become the headline sponsor at the 26th Annual U.S. Composting Council (USCC) Conference and Tradeshow. Komptech was one of the original demonstrators of equipment for USCC’s equipment and demonstration days.

USCC’s Compost2018, titled Game On! Building Sustainable Communities, will be held Jan. 22 to 25, 2018, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The conference routinely attracts 1,000 attendees and includes four days of workshops, expo, sessions as well as an off-site live demonstration of compost manufacturing equipment. Scott Jenkins of the Atlanta Falcons and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance will be a keynote speaker.

“We support the U.S. Composting Council and its goal to significantly impact the compost industry. With our headline sponsorship, we are solidifying not only our commitment to the council and the conference, but to the entire composting industry,” says Brandon Lapsys, general manager of Komptech Americas.

Learn more here.

Sacramento Kings Honored for Industry-Leading Efforts to Combat Climate Change

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Source: Sacramento Kings

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Beyond Sport Selects Golden 1 Center as Finalist for Sport for Climate Action Award 

Sacramento, CA – Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world, recognized the Sacramento Kings industry-leading effort to combat climate change and promote sustainability in California and around the world. The Kings were selected as one of three finalists for the Sport for Climate Action award.

“By creating a new model of sustainability at Golden 1 Center, we hope to inspire our fans, community, friends in sport and businesses around the globe to think deliberately about how we use our planet’s resources and reduce our impact on the environment,”said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé.

The Sacramento Kings have announced a series of unprecedented commitments to sustainability. Golden 1 Center, the Kings new home court, is the first entirely solar powered and LEED Platinum certified arena in the world, placing it in the top 3% of all buildings certified in the world. The venue’s industry-leading food program sources 90 percent of its ingredients and beverages from within 150 miles, enacted a 10-point charter that extends the team’s commitment to identify responsible sources, extend our educational reach into our culinary program, support local businesses, and take steps to mitigate hunger in the Sacramento region.

The arena’s design embraces energy saving innovations and creates opportunities for the team to educate fans about environmental awareness. Five massive hangar doors at the Grand Entrance bi-fold, allowing the arena utilize a regional, natural cooling phenomenon – The Delta Breeze – to circulate fresh air through the arena and save on energy use. The lower bowl features a one-of-a-kind displacement ventilation system which adjusts the climate at the fans’ level – under their seats – with low-volume, passive air that is more comfortable and efficient than typical forced, chilled air from above.

Other key sustainability accomplishments and programs for Golden 1 Center include:

  • The team’s new downtown home will reduce average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cut overall air emissions by 24 percent, and reduce travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent by 2020, as reported in a thirteen-month environmental impact analysis.
  • The first year-round, net-zero sports arena
  • A 30 percent reduction in energy use above California Title 24 code requirement
  • A 45 percent reduction in use over stringent California code
  • Over 12,000 pounds of usable food diverted to local food banks
  • Fan donated shoes recycled into the team’s court
  • 99% of demolition materials, nearly 101,000 tons, recycled and diverted from landfills
  • Partnerships with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Green Sports Alliance (GSA)

Winners of the Beyond Sports Global Awards will be announced at an award ceremony in New York City on July 26th.

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386
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181
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190
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