“From top to bottom, Rogers Place is world class. It’s been designed to optimize energy performance and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Patrick LaForge, President & COO, Oilers Entertainment Group. “It’s good business and good for the planet to focus on sustainability. The Oilers, through Rogers Place and other initiatives are proud to help lead the way.”
Its LEED Silver-certification will be anchored by sustainable efficiencies including development density, transportation, reducing water use and optimizing energy performance.
Being constructed as a compact and dense development, Rogers Place will be well connected to the community with seven Light-Rail Transit (LRT) stops within walking distance, strong pedestrian connections and charging stations for electric cars in the arena’s parkade.
Water use reduction efforts include low flow plumbing fixtures and toilets throughout Rogers Place and its plumbing design will minimize water usage by up to 35%.
Extensive energy modelling will be in place to reduce overall energy consumption and focus on efficiency. To reduce the building’s carbon footprint, there will be heat recovery ventilation and central control of heating, cooling and lighting systems. Going above standard requirements, Rogers Place will have a highly insulated building envelope as well.
Environmental and operational excellence are key pillars for Rogers Place, the Oilers and partner, the City of Edmonton. The Oilers’ sustainability efforts have been bolstered by the homecoming of Edmonton-native, Captain Andrew Ference, the winner of the 2014 King Clancy Award. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Andrew exemplifies leadership and is a huge champion for green initiatives in the community and in professional sports.
There’s no doubt the future looks bright (and green) for the Oilers and the Edmonton Arena District as Rogers Place and its partners are committed to sustainability, cutting-edge design at the Oilers new home in 2016-17.
AEG published its first sustainability report, in which it established 2020 Environmental Goals for the company, in 2010, and has continued to do so biannually in order to update stakeholders on its progress. Since 2010, the program has grown significantly, from covering 20 to more than 70 venues, as AEG has expanded its business. In order to manage this burgeoning portfolio of venues, the company relies on AEG Ecometrics, AEG’s environmental performance tracking system, to capture and analyze monthly energy, water, waste and purchasing data from its venues. “Collecting monthly data from dozens of venues and distilling that into an 80 page report is a massive company-wide effort,” notes John Marler, Senior Director of Energy and Environment. “But we believe it’s worth it to be transparent about our environmental impact and share our experiences with others in the industry.”
AEG’s latest report highlights several major successes, including achieving a 58% waste diversion rate and reducing water consumption per attendee by 31%, as well as areas for improvement. In 2015, AEG plans to begin releasing annual sustainability reports to provide more frequent updates on its progress.
Visit www.aeg1earthreport.com to read the report.