While Aston Villa will finish near the bottom of the English Premier League table as the season wraps up this weekend, the club’s efforts at Villa Park in Birmingham rank them among the league leaders in stadium sustainability. With a comprehensive, integrated plan for intelligent water use, waste diversion and energy efficiency, Aston Villa have provided a blueprint for other EPL clubs to follow. Among the notable achievements at Villa Park include:
- Full carbon neutrality at the stadium, which was recognized with Carbon Neutral Certification by Clearway Sustainability Resources. Working with Clearway, Villa identified their carbon output and have offset their emissions with credits that support renewable energy projects around the globe.
- A comprehensive water sustainability plan that includes a new rainwater-collection system on the roof of the stadium’s Holte End section. This system provides water for irrigation around the facility and at a nearby garden; coupled with water-saving fixtures around the venue, Villa has reduced water consumption each of the past three years.
- Local sourcing of food supplies at the stadium’s restaurants, which purchase up to 85% of their produce from local farms and purveyors.
- A waste-management program that has yielded a 70% recycling rate.
- Energy-efficiency measures – including remotely controlled heating, lighting and electrical systems – that have allowed the club to reduce its energy usage every year for the past nine years, along with a comprehensive travel plan to reduce auto traffic to Villa Park.
“We take issues around environmental sustainability and our responsibilities very seriously,” said Aston Villa CEO Paul Faulkner. “Over the years we have engaged in a number of activities to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the environment around us.
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The Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit that brings sports organizations and environmental experts together to improve the environmental performance of sports teams and facilities, has revealed its 2013 Summit Program. The Alliance’s third annual Summit, which unites the sports community around sustainability each year, will take place Aug. 26 – 28, 2013 in New York City.
“We are excited to release the innovative program we’ve developed for our third Summit,” said Scott Jenkins, Chairman of the Green Sports Alliance and Vice President of Ballpark Operations at the Seattle Mariners. “We’re advancing the greening of the entire sports industry, so we’ve brought the conference to the heart of the industry, New York City. We’ve pulled together a speaker lineup of over 80 sport and sustainability leaders to deliver the latest innovations in sports greening. The 2013 Summit Program promises to present solutions to the most prevalent environmental challenges faced in professional and collegiate sports today.”
2013 Summit Program sessions include:
- Baselines and Benchmarks: Where we are, where do we want to go?
- Implementing & Amplifying Environmental Fan Engagement Programs
- Using Bottom Line Results to Drive Environmental Performance
- Striving for Zero Waste in Collegiate Sports
- Unleashing LED Lighting at Scale
- Moving to Zero-Waste: Tackling challenges to increase waste diversion rates
- Getting to the Game: Transportation solutions
- Schools, Gardens & PV Solar: Amplifying community relations through environmental initiatives
- Eating Like the Athletes: Providing local, healthier food options at sports venues
- Selling Sustainability: The right pitch to the right stakeholders
- Leveraging Technology for Energy Management: Best in class IT for best in class venue operation
- A Breath of Fresh Air for Athletes, Fans and Staff: Innovations in green cleaning
- Investing in the Future: Supporting sustainability from top to bottom
- Sustainability & Sports Sponsorship: How new activations, new products and new companies are integrating sustainability in sports sponsorship
- 4 Ways Sports Teams & Venues Can Tackle Environmental Issues
- 4 Ways to Green Sporting Events: Expert presentations
- Beyond the Debate: Extending the life of the sports we love to play and watch
- Athletes Stepping up to Bat for the Planet
- A Watershed Moment: Innovative strategies in water conservation at stadiums and venues
Get additional details, including session descriptions, at the newly redesigned Green Sports Alliance Summit website: www.greensportssummit.org/program
The 2013 Summit Program features opportunities for industry stakeholders to learn from over 80 leaders at the forefront of the sports greening movement. Among the 60+ confirmed speakers are:
- Bob Nutting, Chairman of the Board, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies; Co-Author, Green to Gold
- Andrew Ference, Defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion, Boston Bruins
- Jennifer Regan, Global Sustainability Director, AEG
- Omar Mitchell, Director of Sustainability, NHL
- Brandon Hamilton, Director of Facilities, Kansas City Chiefs
- Jami Leveen, Director of Marketing and Environmental Stewardship, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment
- Brendan Brazier, Former Pro-Ironman, Founder of VEGA and Author
Learn the latest additions and view the full 2013 speaker roster: www.greensportssummit.org/speakers
The Green Sports Alliance Summit will be held Aug. 26-28, 2013 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201). Registration is open at www.greensportssummit.org/register. Pre-Registration rates are in effect through May 31, 2013.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Ericka Dickey-Nelson at email@example.com or 503.969.7852 to inquire.
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The Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors recently welcomed two new board members – bringing the lineup to 14 thought leaders in sports and sustainability. With robust backgrounds in the technical aspects of facility environmental initiatives and with an industry level viewpoint on the trends, our newest board members will allow the Alliance to expand its internal expertise and the industry-wide reach of the organization. Please join us in welcoming these newest members and come meet them in person at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in August.
Stephen Ashkin | Executive Director, Green Cleaning Network Stephen Ashkin is Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, a nonprofit educational organization working to accelerate the adoption of Green Cleaning among building owners and providers. He is often thought of as ‘The Father of Green Cleaning’ having worked on the issue for over 20 years formulating greener cleaning products, developing standards and legislation, and implementing Green Cleaning programs that reduce impacts on worker and occupant/fan health, environment and the bottom-line. Among his accomplishments is being a founding member of the US Green Building Council where he drafted the cleaning credits for their LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System.
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Jennifer Regan | Global Sustainability Director, AEG
Jennifer Regan is the Global Sustainability Director for AEG. Regan developed AEG’s sustainability initiative, AEG 1EARTH, now recognized as the industry leading environmental program. In her role she advises company executives on environmental strategy and assists division leaders with integrating sustainable practices into their operations to achieve the company’s AEG 1EARTH 2020 Environmental Goals which focus on energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, education and sustainable purchasing for all of AEG’s operations. Regan actively works with AEG’s sports teams and venues to provide environmental strategy and support to the NHL and NBA greening initiatives including the 2010 NHL Draft Pick and 2011 NBA ALL STAR Game held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Click here learn more about AEG 1EARTH and follow @AEG1Earth on Twitter.
Click here to see the entire Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors