Monthly Archives: June 2017

Guest Blog: LA Kings Green

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: LA Kings

Guest Blog by LA Kings

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LA Kings Green tackles sustainability through practical and actionable frameworks. With a threefold focus – engaging fans, community events and arena operations – this umbrella program is effective in making measurable improvements towards our environmental impact.

LA Kings Green was conceived with the understanding that we cannot achieve the environmental results we seek alone. It takes collaboration with our arena and facilities, funds from our generous donors, fan cooperation, the expertise of our charitable partners, such as Heal The Bay, Enrich LA and GRID Alternatives and an organization-wide commitment. Our strength is in aligning our charitable partners with resources, man power and exposure.

Within our company, service-based initiatives have proven to be the most impactful. To facilitate these hands on experiences, we align ourselves with charitable partners to produce impactful results. During the 2016-17 NHL season alone, 81 staff members combined for over 275 volunteer hours cleaning beaches, installing solar panels and building school gardens.  As a result, 750lbs of trash were removed from three LA area beaches, an estimated 66 tons of greenhouse gas emissions were prevented and 500 students now have access to nutrition-based education.

Beyond LA Kings staff, executives and players, we have an engaged fan base of over 18,000 at each home game and a digital presence that has a reach far above 2 million people.

The fortuitous intersection of our fans, community partnerships and facilities is exemplified within the waste operations at our home arena, STAPLES Center, which is also owned by our parent company, AEG. Through our current partnership with Waste Management and the dedicated staff at the arena, the waste generated during our home games is taken to the back-of-house docking station and source separated to ensure higher recycling rates. This process begins with our fans and their willingness to support recycling efforts as consumers. As a result, in 2015, STAPLES Center reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 68% compared to 2010.  Waste Management is also a community partner on the LA Kings Green initiative.

Credit must be given to the value of something as simple as properly disposing of plastic. We know the power of sports and we are in a position to affect change. What makes LA Kings Green successful is its accessibility, ease and practicality.

To learn more about LA Kings Green, visit www.lakings.com/green.

Guest Blog: Zero Waste Initiative at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Sustainability

Guest Blog by IUPUI

Photo: J.D. Gray

Photo: J.D. Gray

The Zero Waste Initiative at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI started with an email from the IU Natatorium staff to the IUPUI Office of Sustainability: “We would like discuss ideas to bring sustainability to the forefront of our customer’s minds [in the ProShop].  One idea was to was to get recycled or environmentally-friendly bags to take their purchases home.”  Upon meeting, the conversation quickly morphed from which bag type was best suited for the venue to how the IU Natatorium could work towards something bigger – zero waste.  The idea was initially met with some incredulity.  It seemed like a big change, and a bit risky, for the “fastest pool in the world.”

Despite the unknown that accompanies all change, the timing could not have been more perfect.  The Natatorium was undergoing a $20 million renovation, and there was an amazing sustainability story to tell.  Lighting upgrades to the facility would result in 43% less energy usage than prior to renovation.  The filtration system for the competition and diving pools were replaced, which would reduce water usage by 65% and filtration energy by 25%.  All traditional water fountains were to be replaced with water bottle filling stations that allow users to refill their reusable bottles.  All agreed that working towards zero waste seemed like a natural fit for a world-class pool, especially since the newly-renovated facility would debut at the 2016 Olympic Dive Trials from June 18-26.  With national television coverage, as well as fans and athletes from across the country, this event was a phenomenal platform for telling the IU Natatorium’s sustainability story.

Working with ten campus and community partners, the IUPUI Office of Sustainability galvanized efforts to make the Olympic Dive Trials the first zero waste athletic event in Indiana and the first zero waste Olympic event in the world. Operational changes in the facility included altering in-venue food and product offerings to minimize trash, an innovative re-design of the concessions menu to reflect end use of items purchased, installing new waste infrastructure and signage, altering back-of-house waste management processes, developing a communications and social media campaign in collaboration with USA Diving and the Olympics Local Organizing Committee, creating print material, and recruiting volunteers to assist with the effort.

Engagement programming included a waterway restoration project the day before the Dive Trials, attended by over 30 individuals. The fan engagement area – the “H2O Zone” – included opportunities for fans to learn about zero waste, play interactive games, and take zero waste selfies. Additionally, volunteers walked the facility during the event to engage with fans around topics of recycling and compost. As a result of these operational and engagement efforts, the IU Natatorium achieved its zero waste goal with a 93% waste diversion rate. Over 10,00 fans and athletes learned about and participated in the zero waste effort.

With 10 community partners involved – IUPUI Sustainability, IUPUI Food Services/Chartwells, IUPUI Campus Facility Services, IU Herron School of Art + Design, IU Natatorium, Indiana Sports Corp, USA Diving, Olympic Local Organizing Committee, Ray’s Trash, and GreenCycle of Indiana – the impact of this program was felt across the Indianapolis athletic community, as well as the Olympic community.

As a result of this program’s success, future athletic events hosted in Indianapolis are now considering sustainability early on in the process. The Zero Waste Initiative at the IU Natatorium is an exemplary example of the positive impact collaborative efforts can have on sustainability, and we are looking forward to working with our community to grow sustainability in athletics in Indianapolis in the future.

Guest Blog: Delivering an Unprecedented Carbon Legacy – A Breakthrough Approach to Mitigation for Events

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: The Dow Chemical Company

Guest Blog by The Dow Chemical Company

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Delivering an Unprecedented Carbon Legacy – A Breakthrough Approach to Mitigation for Events

Climate change is generating new and emerging challenges as well as opportunities for business. It will require innovation and collaborations that reconsider how we source, process, produce and distribute the energy, food, water and goods that make our lives healthy and productive. The business community should see these economic and ecological imperatives as opportunities to act with urgency and ingenuity.

Every day at Dow, we are driving innovations that harness material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

We are combining the power of sports and science with the power of collaboration to catalyze action on climate change and help build a more sustainable future. Sports offer a unique means to engage a large and global audience – both in the business and the consumer worlds. The increasing attention given to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by event organizers and stakeholders provides an opportunity to establish meaningful and lasting mitigation programs.

Climate Solutions Framework for Events:

Motivated by Dow’s goal to drive collaborations for a more sustainable planet, Dow created the Climate Solutions Framework to address the need for clearer guidance on how to properly manage and mitigate the GHG impacts of events and to lay out options available for GHG mitigation beyond the event’s physical and temporal boundaries.

The overarching purpose of the Framework is threefold:

  1. To go beyond the GHG emissions in the event inventory and provide a methodology for accounting for an event’s broader societal GHG impacts.
  2. To enable business and institutional leaders to implement innovative GHG-mitigation projects beyond the physical boundaries of the events.
  3. To provide organizations with opportunities to take responsibility for the climate impact of events and demonstrate leadership in the development of low-GHG products and service solutions.

Efforts to apply this Framework are well underway.  For example, as a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, Dow’s partnership with the Olympic Movement enables us to use the platform, of sport and the Olympic brand to demonstrate how our science and technologies can advance the adoption of lower-carbon solutions.  The Rio 2016 Olympic Games have provided us with a unique opportunity to start a new dialog and collaborate with industry leaders to introduce solutions that will benefit generations to come.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy:

Building on the successful implementation of the “Sustainable Future” program that enabled the mitigation of the direct carbon footprint of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee, Dow was selected as the Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016 and developed a portfolio of projects in the areas of agriculture, industry and infrastructure. These projects delivered 100,000 tonnes of verified GHG emission reductions by the Opening Ceremony and will continue to generate climate benefits throughout the realization period – which goes through 2026.

Working with Rio 2016, Dow designed a tailor-made program to address the environmental and technology needs of Brazil and Latin America by introducing low-carbon solutions and practices within key sectors of the economy. Dow’s portfolio of projects enabled businesses to enhance productivity and conserve energy by switching from fossil to renewable energy sources, optimizing resources in agriculture and livestock farming and building capacity for more energy-efficient infrastructure, leading to long-term changes in the market.

Months before the Games, Dow collaborated with customers and expert partners to get an understanding of the local market environment and where there were opportunities to increase awareness and adoption of energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies in the region. Important criteria for the carbon mitigation projects implemented by Dow included economic viability within the Brazilian and Latin American reality and that they go beyond typical business practices, or are “beyond business as usual,” to deliver GHG emission reductions. This ensures that low-carbon initiatives are not simply a byproduct of normal operations but rather are the result of innovation and change.  Eight projects were selected on the basis of their ability to push for innovation, overcome real or perceived barriers and catalyze long-term change in market practices.

For Generations to Come:

In addition to the carbon mitigation goals, Dow and Rio 2016 committed to reach half a million people in Brazil to raise awareness of sustainability and climate change. Dow engaged decision-makers within the construction industry by hosting seminars on energy efficiency and included the farming community in a dialog on more sustainable agriculture practices.  In addition, Dow supported Rio 2016’s Transforma educational platform to reach over 7 million students.

As the premier corporate partner of Transforma, Dow expanded the platform by adding nine science classes to the curriculum, covering concepts on sustainability, chemistry, physics, and biology through the lens of sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Transforma has been rolled out to all 27 Brazilian states since its implementation in 2013.

Learn more about Dow’s Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Framework at www.dow.com/carbonmitigation.

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