AEG Releases 2014 Sustainability Report at Green Sports Alliance Summit

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AEG Releases 2014 Sustainability Report and Shows Progress Toward 2020 Environmental Goals

AEG has launched its 2014 Sustainability Report, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to reducing the environment impact of its business, the announcement was made at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Santa Clara, California. AEG, the leading sports and entertainment company, launched AEG 1EARTH, its corporate sustainability program, in 2007, and published the industry’s first sustainability report in 2010. Now releasing its third biannual report, AEG shares its progress towards the company’s 2020 environmental goals based on environmental performance metrics collected from its 71 owned and managed venues.

The 2014 report highlights several of AEG’s recent achievements in the area of sustainability, including:

  • Reducing water consumption per attendee by 31% since 2007, beating the company’s goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction by 2020
  • Achieving a 58% waste diversion rate across AEG’s portfolio of venues, exceeding the company’s goal to achieve 25 percent waste diversion by 2020
  • Reaching waste diversion rates in excess of 75% at 17 venues, twice the number reported in AEG’s 2012 sustainability report
  • Completing energy-saving LED lighting retrofits in 27 venues
  • Raising awareness for the planet by participating in Earth Hour at 58 venues
  • Achieving LEED Silver certification for new construction at four major venues and hotels

“We’re proud to share our latest sustainability report, which details AEG’s ongoing efforts to be the leader in sustainability in the sports and entertainment industry,” notes John Marler, AEG’s Senior Director of Energy and Environment. “We’ve accomplished a lot in the past several years and while we still have challenges ahead, we’re looking forward to continuously improving AEG’s sustainability efforts and the AEG 1EARTH sustainability program in the years to come.”

Leaders in the green sports movement have also commended AEG’s most recent sustainability report, “AEG continues to serve as a great example within the sports industry by aggressively seeking to reduce its environmental impact and broadly sharing its experiences through sustainability reporting,” says Martin Tull, Executive Director of Green Sports Alliance.

In addition to data on AEG’s environmental performance metrics, the report also features examples of the AEG 1EARTH program in action at multiple iconic venues worldwide, including The O2 in London, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and O2 World in Berlin.

To view or download AEG’s 2014 sustainability report, visit aeg1earthreport.com.

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2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit Kicks off Today in Santa Clara with the Release of NHL Sustainability Report

The 4th Annual Green Sports Alliance Summit kicked off today in San Francisco Bay Area. Over 600 attendees and representatives from over 80 professional and collegiate sports organizations have joined us to share and learn about successes and innovations in sports greening. We’re excited to get underway with a full docket of venue tours, workshops, keynotes, plenary panels and networking. Click here to check out the impressive program and speaker line-up.

Building past events, the 2014 Summit is once again an unprecedented gathering—uniting leaders from across the sports and sustainability industries as they work to create and implement innovative solutions to help green the sports industry. In addition to an informative and exciting conference program, the Summit features several special events and releases, like the one highlighted below, that illustrates and celebrates the success of the green sports movement.

National Hockey League Release Sustainability Report: League Emphasizes Its Commitment to Environmentalism

NHL Sust Report 

The NHL today announced the release of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first document of its kind produced by a major sports league in North America. The report highlights the numerous programs, benchmarks, and successes that have increased the overall sustainability of the League, Member Clubs, and their arenas. The report showcases NHL Green™, the comprehensive, high-impact environmental sustainability initiative that was established in 2010 by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to promote green business practices across the League.

Significant to the report is the disclosure of the League’s carbon footprint – approximately 530,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

“At the NHL, we recognize that we have great responsibility for the way we conduct our business, and we are uniquely positioned to promote the environmental message,” Commissioner Bettman said.  “Today, we join many of our business partners who have for years been documenting their emissions and making progress toward their own sustainability goals.”

2014 NHL® Sustainability report website: nhl.com/green/report 

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Green Sports Alliance & USGBC Team with San Jose Earthquakes, 360 Architecture & Veggielution Community Farm to host Day of Service at Aptitud Community Academy

The Green Sports Alliance & U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools teamed up to host a Green Sports Green Apple Day of Service Sunday for the launch of the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit. Volunteers and staff from USGBC, the Green Sports Alliance, the San Jose Earthquakes and 360 Architecture joined the Aptitud Community Academy and Veggielution Community Farm in San Jose for a morning working in the school and community garden.

The Aptitud Community Academy school garden, supported by Veggielution Community Farm, serves to help integrate food and healthy living into the lives of the students and families living in San Jose. Over 50 volunteers spent the morning building and replanting reused concrete beds in front of the garden, building raised planter boxes, planting fruit trees and sheet mulching areas of the garden.

San Jose Earthquakes Defender Ty Harden and mascot Q even stopped by do some gardening and action with the kids.

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Now in its third year, the Green Apple Day of Service, gives parents, teachers, students, companies, sports teams and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments. The annual Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, but volunteers are encouraged to initiate local service projects throughout the year. From planting and growing gardens and cleaning up schoolyards to coordinating recycling programs, there are a variety of ways to get involved.

The 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit kicks off today at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Click here to see the complete program of events.

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