STAPLES Center Upgrades to LED Lighting

The STAPLES Center in Los Angeles has converted the arena’s lighting to a new LED system ahead of the 2014-15 NBA and NHL seasons. Supplied by Solotech and manufactured by Lidlum, the new system will reduce energy costs compared to traditional metal halide lighting of an estimated $280,000 annually. Working with the NBA’s Clippers and NHL’s Kings, the partner companies designed new lighting fixtures that improve both power consumption and color temperature.

“We are thrilled to be on the forefront in our industry by converting the arena to LED lighting,” said STAPLES Center president Lee Zeidman, “it is the latest technology and the wave of the future and we wanted to get on board right away. From an environmental and sustainability standpoint, this made sense for us and will save us significantly in the long run on energy costs.”

The lighting installation is part of a $7 million series of renovations to the sports complex, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this season.

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Amalie Arena Installs Hydroponic Garden

Amalie Arena, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, has introduced an outdoor hydroponic garden outside of the facility that is being used to grow produce for foodservice operations inside the arena. Using a stacking system to maximize production in the 80-foot by 14-foot garden space, the new garden effectively provides one acre of farming space to provide fruits and vegetables for immediate consumption at the arena. The system maximizes growing space while minimizing water and nutrient usage through a system that collects excess runoff and returns it to storage tanks for future use.

Amalie Arena executive chef Rich Mathis has already been able to incorporate some of the offerings from lettuces to vegetables to herbs, which started to sprout in late August, into menu items in premium seating areas as well as for Lightning players and coaches during team meals. “Not only is it fresher but the flavor is much more intense the way we’re growing it here hydroponically,” Mathis said.

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Citizens Business Bank Arena Breaks Ground As First US Professional Hockey Arena to Make Ice Using Recycled Water

Released by Citizens Business Bank Arena:

Arena’s recycled water projects expected to save 5 million gallons of potable water annually!

Citizens Business Bank Arena officials have announced a ground-breaking water conservation project to be implemented for the Ontario Reign’s 2014-2015 ECHL hockey season. On October 1, 2014 Citizens Business Bank Arena, a City of Ontario owned facility and an AEG Facilities operated arena, will become the first professional hockey arena in the United States to make ice using recycled water.  The project is a partnership between Citizens Business Bank Arena, the City of Ontario and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, which is providing the recycled water.  Combined with the savings from a recent project to operate Citizens Business Bank Arena’s cooling towers using recycled water, both projects together could save an estimated 5 million gallons of potable water each year.

Citizens Business Bank Arena’s innovative use of recycled water has been applauded by leaders in the environmental movement. “Water scarcity is going to rival sea level rise as one of the consequences of global climate change. In California this is already very apparent, with 58% of the state experiencing extreme drought.” said Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D. and Senior Scientist, with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Co-Founder of the Green Sports Alliance.  “Besides the local water saving benefits that Citizens Business Bank Arena will achieve by recycling water to make ice, literally millions of gallons annually, the market and cultural visibility of the arena will inspire businesses and fans throughout the region to conserve water as well.”

Water conservation is a high priority for Citizens Business Bank Arena, which has taken several measures to cut its annual water consumption by 48% since 2009. Projects including installing low-flow faucets, switching to waterless urinals, and implementing water-saving irrigation practices have driven these major reductions. Citizens Business Bank Arena also has a strong history of using recycled water, which has been used for irrigation since 2008 and currently comprises 60% of its annual water consumption. “Since opening, we’ve aggressively pursued opportunities to conserve water and use recycled water where we can,” says Richard Vartigian, Director of Operations at Citizens Business Bank Arena. “Kelly White, Facilities Engineer Supervisor, and I try to push the boundaries of what’s possible and it’s been incredible to watch the idea of creating professional hockey ice from recycled water become a reality at our facility.”

Beyond water conservation, Citizens Business Bank Arena has implemented many initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment and actively participates in AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program. Through the AEG 1EARTH program, Citizens Business Bank Arena tracks monthly “Ecometrics” to monitor energy and water usage, waste diversion, and responsible purchasing, and works to continuously improve in all categories.

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