As part of the team’s focus on more sustainable operations throughout the organization, the St. Louis Rams have partnered with locally-based Microgrid Solar on several new clean-energy projects at the team headquarters. Microgrid will be conducting an energy makeover that will accelerate the Rams work toward their Green Initiative and cut energy costs at Rams Park. The projects already in progress include:
- A 25 kW-output solar installation at Rams Park, including a solar sculpture installed last November
- A comprehensive energy audit to identify further recommendations for facility upgrades
- An educational display for visitors at Rams Park highlighting the team’s green efforts
- Staff and fan outreach to educate and promote responsible energy use
“For the Rams, pursuing these opportunities fits with our green efforts, but it is also a smart operations decision that saves the organization on energy costs,” Lisa Boaz, senior manager of marketing and advertising for the Rams, said about the partnership. “The goal with our green efforts has always been to not only do the right thing, but to help our fans learn from what we are doing, and then we can really have an impact.”
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St. Louis Rams Celebrate 2013 Green Week
It was announced late last month that the Green Sports Alliance has been short-listed as a finalist for the StadiumBusiness Sustainability Award 2014. The StadiumBusiness Awards recognize leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. For the second time in three years, the Alliance has made the short-list for the Sustainability Award. The Alliance is in the hunt to win the award for “achievement, success or leadership in the pursuit of sustainable venue and event management” and is in the esteemed company of the following green sports leaders and projects:
- Allianz Park: ‘Sustainability Focus’, UK
- Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment: ‘Taking Environmentalism to Heart’, Canada
- M&T Bank Stadium: ‘LEED Gold Certification’, USA
- The Llanelli Scarlets for UK’s Largest Stadium Installation of Solar PVs, UK
- United States Tennis Association: ‘Decreasing the Environmental Footprint’, USA
We’re pleased to see many Alliance members on the short-list this year. The winners will be announced during TheStadiumBusiness Summit in London on June 4, 2014. So stay tuned!
Click here to find out more about the StadiumBusiness Awards 2014.
In June of 2009 MetLife Stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the intention of improving the facility’s environmental sustainability and becoming a steward of green operation. The EPA recently released its annual assessment of the stadium’s progress toward that goal, and the data again shows significant environmental gains at the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
The analysis shows that the total MTCO2e reduction under the Green MOU is currently at 238,325 tons and over $22.4 million in savings. This is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions from burning 1,278 railcars worth of coal or a coal train stretching 19 miles long.
These results were due to contributors and reductions, including the following:
- Increasing solid waste recycling by 11% from 1,485 tons to 1,648 tons
- Increased parking lots tailgating waste recycling from 33% to over 50%
- Increasing food donations to 5.5 tons
- Increasing food composting to 27% from 153 tons to 195 tons
- Increasing waste cooking oil recycling by 288% to 37.5 tons
- Increasing electronics recycling to over 1,700 lbs
During 2014, MetLife Stadium will continue efforts to be national leaders in the green sports movement and further reduce its carbon footprint by implementing major energy conservation, fan environmental education/engagement activities and sustainable materials management practices.
Read the full March 2014 assessment here.
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