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Yale Athletics Attends the Green Sports Alliance Summit

Written by Yale Sustainability

Lindsay Crum and Kevin Discepolo presented at the Green Sports Alliance Conference

Lindsay Crum and Kevin Discepolo presented at the Green Sports Alliance Conference

Staff members from the Yale Office of Sustainability and Yale Athletics attended the Green Sports Alliance Summit held at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, June 27–29. Participation in the conference follows the launch of the Yale Athletics Sustainability Action Plan in 2016, exemplifying a continued dedication to implementing sustainable athletic programming at Yale.

The conference aimed to mobilize action toward positive environmental and social change across communities inside and outside of sports venues. Participants included university staff and faculty, professional sports teams, non-profit organizations, and sports leagues, among other sports-affiliated groups.

Lindsay Crum, Metrics and Program Manager at the Office of Sustainability, moderated and spoke on a panel, which included Kevin Discepolo, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, and Events; a representative from the University of California, Davis; and a representative from the University of Denver. Panelists spoke about the intersection of sustainability and athletics in collegiate sports.

“The conference reinforced the fact that Yale is on the right track with sustainability and athletics, but also reminded us that there is still plenty more to do,” says Crum. “It was an energizing experience, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to sustain this energy as we pursue more projects from the Athletics Sustainability Action Plan.”

In March 2016, the Yale Athletics Sustainability Task Force launched a Sustainability Action Plan that outlined opportunities for energy efficiency, waste reduction, land use efficiencies, and increased communications around sustainability efforts. One of the goals is for Zero Waste Game Days, wherein no litter remains after a game, and everything that is discarded is placed in the appropriate bin.

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Going Green: What’s in it for sports venue owners?

Construction Dive

The Barclays Center opted for a variety of green features. Credit: Adam E. Moreira

The Barclays Center opted for a variety of green features. Credit: Adam E. Moreira

For today’s buildings owners, the philosophy is often the greener the better. Owners of professional sports stadiums, as it turns out, are no exception. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, there are at least 30 LEED-certified sports venues in use or underway in the U.S., and the organization said that number is growing.

In September, the Sacramento Kings’ pronounced its new $557 million Golden 1 Center the first indoor LEED Platinum-certified sports arena in the world and the first sports venue powered entirely by solar energy. Arena designers also repurposed construction materials from the structures that were demolished to make way for the Kings’ new home, resulting in more than one-third of the new building’s material recycled from the old ones. Designers even used recycled athletic shoes for the court surfaces.

The arena’s location is green as well. The site selection process, which resulted in a downtown location, took fan travel time into consideration and, by 2020, will have reduced air emissions by 24% and related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36% as a result. This will keep a projected 2,000 tons of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere each year.

The Atlanta Falcons’ new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz stadium is also on track for LEED Platinum certification, and the facility will be the first sports venue to earn all of LEED’s water-related credits. The stadium received federal kudos last year when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognized it for its solar-powered electric-vehicle charging stations and enough solar panels to power 160 area homes.

But what, exactly, is it that drives sports facility owners to go green?

Dan Chorost, environmental attorney at Sive, Paget & Riesel, said there are a few reasons. Those include wanting to lead by example, enjoying the public relations benefits, saving money and fulfilling local requirements. The latter was the case for the water capture system at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, which is home to the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders.

Chorost said the facility’s 400,000-gallon underground system, which the city required, helps keep stormwater out of the city sewers during heavy rain. Unlike cities with somewhat more modern infrastructure, New York still uses the same pipes to handle both sewage and stormwater runoff, he said, meaning that when public agencies decide to divert water to avoid flooding, there’s a chance human waste could be dumped into the East River, the Hudson River or New York Harbor.

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Dow Recognized by Green Sports Alliance for Climate Solutions Framework for Events



The introduction of a practical emissions mitigation framework for the Olympic Games, Rio 2016, has earned The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Michigan, a win of its own — the Green Sports Alliance’s Environmental Innovator of the Year award.

The Innovators of the Year awards from the Green Sports Alliance recognize and celebrate the best in sports and sustainability. The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play to inspire leagues, colleges, teams and fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and environmentally preferable practices.

Working with Naturebank, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services, Dow created an innovative Climate Solutions Framework to encourage wider adoption of cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Framework provides event owners, in collaboration with partners, an approach to quantify and mitigate the impact of events while leaving a positive legacy through the adoption of innovative low-carbon technologies.

“This is a welcomed acknowledgement of the impact Dow’s Climate Solutions Framework delivered at the intersection of science and sport,” said Louis Vega, Dow’s Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions and President of Australia & New Zealand. “Dow’s portfolio of sustainable solutions enabled industries to do more with less, switch to lower-carbon energy sources and conserve energy through more efficient solutions. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 was the benchmark for partnerships in how a global sport catalyst can be a facilitator for change.”

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