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EDMONTON — The city of Edmonton, with Oilers Entertainment Group, has announced Rogers Place has received LEED Silver certification.
“The city of Edmonton aims to be a national leader in setting and achieving the highest standards of environmental preservation and sustainability,” said Councillor Bev Esslinger. “This certification not only helps us reach this goal but positively impacts the health, quality of life and resiliency of our citizens and city.”
The city of Edmonton has a sustainable building policy that mandates the construction of all new buildings to strive for LEED Silver certification as a minimum requirement. Planning, design and construction of the arena and adjacent facilities followed LEED requirements throughout the process and achieved certification through the LEED goals of development density, community connectivity and alternative transportation.
“Congratulations to the city of Edmonton and the project team involved in this LEED Silver certification for Rogers Place Arena,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “Designing and building a facility of this magnitude to meet rigorous green building standards is an ambitious undertaking, but one with the potential to have a positive impact on visitors, where they can see sustainability in action. This certification sets a strong example for other large venues in Canada that every building can achieve superior environmental performance.”
Rogers Place is the first NHL facility in Canada built to the LEED Silver certification requirements, demonstrating efficient systems for lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation in building design. The commitment to reduce the building’s environmental impact continues into operations of the facility. Oilers Entertainment Group is a member of the Green Sports Alliance and has embraced green operations including cleaning, education and food waste handling.
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Today, the Sacramento Kings issued the following statement after Green Project Management (GPM), a global organization that works closely with the United Nations to advocate sustainability in all professions, recognized the team’s industry-leading efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainability within Golden 1 Center’s infrastructure. The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center received the award for “Project of the Year” which is “bestowed upon an organization that demonstrates the impact and relevance of sustainability and project success from both a process and objective perspective” according to GPM.
“We are humbled to receive this international honor,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “We believe businesses have a responsibility to serve as agents of change and we are proud that Golden 1 Center has been recognized as a model of sustainability.”
Green Project Management created the Sustainability Awards to highlight the successes of individuals and organizations from around the world through the implementation of innovative and one-of-a-kind sustainable practices. Earlier this year, Golden 1 Center and the Sacramento Kings earned international recognition as “Sport for Climate Action” by Beyond Sport. During the seventh annual Green Sports Alliance summit at Golden 1 Center, Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé presented his vision for sports teams to leverage technology to identify new, innovative solutions to fight climate change, calling for the sports industry and community to continue to set higher standards for action and environmental awareness around the world.
Golden 1 Center is the world’s first indoor arena to be 100% solar powered and achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum status. An unmatched food program sources 90% of the venues ingredients within 150 miles of the arena, focusing on high-quality and providing healthy selection all while reducing the team’s carbon footprint by eliminating vehicle miles traveled. To close the food cycle, Golden 1 Center has partnered with a local food bank to distribute unserved food items through the community, and with a local, innovative organics program that develops fertilizers for the farms that serve the arena.
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Formula E announced that its new Global Advisory board will be co-led by UN climate champion Christiana Figueres- one of the key figures who secured the landmark Paris Agreement.
Former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres Photo Credit: Climate Action in partnership with UN Environment
Christiana Figueres, best known for her work as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will join Alain Prost, the four-time Formula 1 world champion in leading the new Global Advisory board aiming to consult on topics including sustainability, media and business.
She said: “In order to meet the objectives set out by the Paris Agreement and prevent global temperatures spiralling out of control, we must have a need for speed and react quickly”.
“This unique forum at Formula E will allow us to bring great minds together with the same common goal, speeding-up the transition and use of electric vehicles in everyday life”.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E commented on the announcement by underlying the role of Formula E to perpetuate the climate action momentum.
He said: “Formula E is more than just a race, it’s a platform to inspire change – a change in perception, a change in attitude and behaviour, and a change in the way we live our lives and actively influence the future of our planet”.
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