Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers.

Ephesus-Lighting-logoThe LEDs were provided by Ephesus Lighting, which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. The transition enabled the arena to cut the number of fixtures by half: 247 metal halide fixtures were replaced by 120 LEDs. The light light level has increased to more than 200 footcandles, while saving more than 75 percent of energy compared to the previous lighting.

Bridgestone Arena is the sixth hosting NHL teams that switched to LEDs.

The Nashville Public Radio story on the switch noted that the LEDs generate less heat than the metal halide lights they replace one a one-on-one basis. Combined with the fact that they are fewer fixtures overall leads to a reduction in energy needed to keep the ice in game condition.

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Pocono Raceway leading in environmental issues

Cars driving at high speed in a loop may not seem very environmentally sustainable, but Brandon Igdalsky, president and chief executive of Pocono Raceway, would disagree.

Mr. Igdalsky, the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the NEPA Alliance at the Kalahari Resort in Tobyhanna, told 350 attendees he hopes that composting, comprehensive recycling and other measures will reduce the waste leaving the racetrack by 75 percent or more, putting the racetrack even further on the cutting-edge large-scale sustainability in sports.

“Can you imagine three bags of garbage leaving a football stadium?” he asked. “It is happening.”

The waste reduction plan comes on the heels of other environmentally conscious initiatives at the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond.

In 2010, the track installed a three-megawatt solar farm on a 25-acre field, generating enough power to meet the track’s needs. Instead of running lawn mowers, the facility dispatches goats to keep the grass down.

His obsession with alternatives to mowing the grass and handling garbage may be understandable, considering Mr. Igdalsky began his career at the track at age 13, picking up garbage and cutting the grass.

He paraphrased environmental activist Wendell Berry, who said the world is not inherited from parents, but borrowed from children.

“It is our job to clean up the world so our kids and grandkids will enjoy the world we have now,” he said.

In addition to pioneering environmental measures, Mr. Igdalsky’s tenure has been marked by a focus on facility upgrades and improving guest experience.

He comes into the business in the shadow of his legendary grandfather, Dr. Joseph “Doc” Mattioli, who founded the track with his wife Rose in 1969. The entrepreneurial Dr. Mattioli, a dentist by trade, got involved with real estate, helping start a number of resorts and attractions before his obsession with racing.

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‘Green Game’ recognized University’s commitment to sustainability

The San Jose State vs. Auburn football game on Oct. 3 recognized Auburn Athletics’ sustainability, according to a press release from the University.

The Office of Sustainability’s Spirit of Sustainability Award winners were recognized on the field. Volunteers handed out recycling bags and buttons before the game.

The University joined the Green Sports Alliance this year, an organization that consists of more than 300 professional and collegiate teams, leagues and venues that exists to “promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play.”


Athletics’ new cleaning contract stipulates the use of green cleaning supplies, according to the press release.

The Office of Sustainability offered fans these tips for a green game day experience:

  • “Shop locally and purchase fresh, organic foods for a game day spread that supports local businesses and provides the best nutrition.
  • Avoid the disposable and pick the reusable to save money and produce less waste. Examples include reusable plates, cups, utensils, and tablecloths.
  • Choose plastic and aluminum rather than glass and Styrofoam. Auburn only recycles plastic and aluminum on game day, so pick items that can be recycled.
  • Reduce air pollution and save fuel on game day by riding Tiger Transit and carpooling with others.
  • Volunteers will distribute recycling bags for tailgaters, as well as the 300+ recycling bins on campus to give your plastic and aluminum a new life.”

The Auburn Green Game is sponsored by the Athletics Department, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Department, the Office of Communication and Marketing and the Office of Sustainability.

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