49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in Pursuit of Becoming Nation’s Greenest Stadium with Recycled Water Use

The San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium is poised to achieve some significant firsts in the green sports movement. With a highly innovative design and essential partnerships with local organizations, Levi’s Stadium is now the first NFL stadium to open with a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and the first stadium in California to utilize a recycled water system.

About 85 percent of the water used at Levi’s Stadium will be supplied by the city of Santa Clara’s recycled water system. The scope and variety of applications for recycled water at the 49ers’ new facility will be the most extensive use of recycled water of any stadium in the nation. Uses for the recycled water include:

  • playing field irrigation
  • a 27,000 square foot green roof
  • cooling tower make-up water
  • toilet flushing

Although the new stadium addresses sustainability as a whole, the attention to water use is particularly important. “With California experiencing historic drought conditions, the timing couldn’t be better to showcase the benefits of using recycled water whenever and wherever possible,” said 49ers’ Vice President of Stadium Operations Jim Mercurio.

The cooperation between the 49ers and local government and other organizations shows that strong partnerships can help to conserve natural resources and set new environmental standards for sports venues.

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Detroit Lions Partner with REPREVE on #TurnItGreen Initiative

The Detroit Lions opened training camp practices on August 6 wearing green jerseys instead of the familiar red practice jerseys. The jerseys, each of which was composed from REPREVE fibers created from 21 recycled plastic bottles, kicked off the #TurnItGreen sustainability campaign in partnership with REPREVE manufacturers Unifi, Inc. As part of the initiative, Detroit is targeting a 100 percent recycling rate at Ford Field this season. To help achieve this goal, Unifi and the Lions have installed 500 recycling bins throughout the stadium.

Along with the team’s commitment to improving waste diversion at Ford Field, the campaign also includes a call to fans to increase recycling efforts outside of the stadium. The “Make the Smart Throw” campaign will educate fans about the importance of reducing landfill waste and the ways in which these products can be recycled to create new products.

“Recycling is critical, yet surprisingly only 30 percent of plastic bottles are recycled in the U.S., significantly less than other countries,” explained Unifi president and CEO Roger Berrier. “Together with the Detroit Lions, we are working to highlight the ease of in-stadium recycling and showcase the benefits of recycling.”

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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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