The Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC), the future home of the Sacramento Kings, is set to open fall of 2016. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the ESC is uniquely designed as an indoor-outdoor civic space that the community can enjoy year round. With cutting-edge technology and a commitment to sustainability, the ESC is poised to become one of the world’s premier entertainment venues – the first 21stcentury coliseum.
The Kings are proud that the ESC represents a true model of transit-oriented and dense urban infill development aspired by communities across the nation. The Kings are also excited about the ESC’s potential to demonstrate cutting-edge green technology mere blocks from the Capitol building – home to some of the world’s most forward-thinking sustainability policies.
The Sacramento Kings are committed to environmental sustainability because it’s the socially responsible and fiscally prudent path to take. Green features include:
- Locally sourcing 90 percent of food/beverages within 150 miles, which will cut down on transportation costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
- Leverage energy efficiency strategies that range from the use of LED fixtures to installing sustainable photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on the ESC’s roof.
- Seek LEED Gold certification, which would make the ESC the first LEED Gold arena in California and one of the first in the country to achieve this prestigious status.
- Implement a number of innovative technologies including electric vehicle chargers and advanced lighting control, as well as tracking technologies that report the ESC’s ongoing sustainable performance. Similar monitoring technologies have been known to enhance a building’s performance by as much as 15 percent.
- Install plant walls at the base of the building and at various locations that have a qualitative benefit towards air purification.
- Utilize low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the facility, which can save over 40 percent of a typical arena’s water consumption, preserving enough water to fill five Olympic swimming pools every year.
Under owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive’s leadership, the Kings have implemented an “NBA 3.0” philosophy (on an off court) focused on utilizing cutting-edge technology, acting as a positive agent of change in the community and expanding the team’s and the region’s global brand. With a steadfast commitment to sustainability and a strong partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, Sacramento will soon be home to one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities in the world. For more information, please visit SacramentoESC.com.
Ten vendors greeted fans as they entered Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies, Community Energy, EPA, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Food Policy Advisory Council, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Recyclebank, Revolution Recovery, The Schuylkill Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Waste Management shared with fans ways in which they can be more sustainable in their communities.
Other highlights from the night:
- All fans in attendance received an MLB Network Reusable Tote which includes the Phillies’ Red Goes Green logo.
- Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region, threw out a first ball.
- Base jewels showcased the Red Goes Green logo.
- Elliott Karetny, a ninth grade teacher at Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, NJ, was recognized on field pre-game as the winner of the second annual Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest, sponsored by Citizens Bank. Elliott leads his students in many projects, including performing energy audits in their classrooms, composting and maintaining a 1,000 square foot rain garden that serves as an outdoor classroom.
- Volunteers for the Red Goes Green Team, sponsored by Waste Management, assisted with recycling efforts by collecting aluminum and plastic bottles throughout the seating bowl during the game.
- The Phillies’ exhibit featured a 7 ft. Phanatic made from moss that was created and designed by the Phillies’ landscaping team and featured at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.
The Phillies announced on Earth Day that they have partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) again for the fourth year in a row on Home Runs for Trees. For each home run hit by a player this season, a tree will be planted in the fall. Over the past three years, over 400 trees have been planted through this program.
The partnership also includes a complimentary tree giveaway of 250 trees for fans. Over 600 “Phillies” trees have been distributed to fans since the inception of this program.
For more information on the Phillies’ Red Goes Green program, visit www.phillies.com/redgoesgreen.