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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Land Rover BAR share 35th America’s Cup Bermuda Sustainability Report

Land Rover BAR

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Land Rover BAR training on R1 in Bermuda. Photo credit: Land Rover BAR.

Six months after returning to the UK from Bermuda – where the team were based for the 35th America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR are now sharing their learnings and achievements in the Bermuda Sustainability Report; namely that large sporting events present a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy and a positive impact in the communities where they are hosted.

The report covers the activities undertaken in preparation for and during the team’s relocation to the island at the end of 2016, through to their return home to Portsmouth in July 2017, and has been created in collaboration with the team’s Exclusive Sustainability Partner, 11th Hour Racing.

Land Rover BAR was publicly launched in June 2014, with the goal to win the America’s Cup alongside becoming one of the most sustainable sports teams in the world. In these three years the team have scored many firsts, one of which was to become the first professional sports team in the UK to construct and operate from a BREEAM excellent standard building.

The team was determined to have as minimal an operational impact on Bermuda as possible, through extensive resource planning of the team base and featuring modular design for easy and low waste construction and deconstruction; to create a space that would need to function as a VIP hospitality lounge, a specialist manufacturing facility, a training set-up for the sailing team, a design office and a public interactive exploration zone. The team’s Sustainability Manager, Amy Munro, was particularly focused on finding useful reuse options within the local community and charities, or effective recycling when the team left the island.

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Green and LEED-Certified Stadium Design

Architectural Record

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Image Courtesy of AMB Group

Though it remains to be seen whether the Atlanta Falcons will meet expectations for the season, the National Football League team’s athletic facility has already earned the highest marks when it comes to being green. In mid-November 2017, the 2 million-square-foot Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta became the world’s first LEED Platinum–certified professional sports stadium.

Designed by HOK and home to the Falcons and the Atlanta United Major League Soccer (MLS) club, the stadium hosts 4,000 photo-voltaic (PV) panels, which should generate 1.6 million kilowatt hours per year—enough to power nine football games—and has enough electric vehicle connections to charge 48 cars at once. Among its many other green features, a 680,000-square-foot cistern can store 2 million gallons of rainwater, for both water-conservation and flood-control purposes. (The project sits at the top of the Proctor Creek watershed, just north of flood-prone downtown Atlanta.)

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Worldwide, there are more than 30 LEED-certified sports venues, according to the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), but with 88 LEED points of a possible 110—the most of any athletic facility to date, and notably earning all possible credits for water—the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the most impressive, and most recent, example of a growing trend. “Seven or eight years ago, we’d have to bring up the topic of sustainability with clients,” says architect Chris DeVolder, the sustainable design leader for HOK’s sports, recreation, and entertainment practice, who worked on the Atlanta stadium for almost four years. “Now we’re talking about it on every project.”

The Georgia venue completes a triumvirate of Platinum projects at different scales: in September 2016, the Sacramento King’s Golden 1 Center by AECOM became the first professional arena to earn Platinum, and five years before, in October 2011, the USGBC named Apogee Stadium by HKS, at the University of North Texas, the first Platinum collegiate football stadium in the nation.

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CU Boulder Hosts K-12 Students to Connect Climate and Sports

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On Dec. 13, the CU Environmental Center hosted a Climate & Sports Student Summit on the CU Boulder campus. Climate & Sports Student Summits (CSSS) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to “create spaces where youth can be inspired by professional athletes, the sports culture and each other to become sustainable change agents in their communities.”

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Over 80 local elementary, middle and high school students from Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain School District experienced an action-packed day of education and inspiration at the CU Recreation Center, a LEED Platinum-certified building and one of CU’s greenest facilities.

Boulder-based professional climber, adventure athlete and National Geographic explorer Matt Segal shared stories of his climate and science adventures with students. Youth climate organizers such as Ruby Rorty, a high school student and founder of the Santa Cruz Environmental Alliance, shared their paths to climate action with their peers.

“It’s so magical to see the energy and excitement the students take from seeing the amazing things that young people like themselves have been able to accomplish. The athletes get so much out of seeing the students’ enthusiasm, and the students are so inspired to see that their role models care so much about climate change,” said Linda Gancitano, summit organizer and former USA women’s soccer team member.

As part of the Green Sports Alliance Summit last summer, CSSS created similar summits for K-12 students in Miami, Florida, with the Miami Heat and in Sacramento, California, with the Sacramento Kings.

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