The University of Colorado partnered with BASF this season to host eight Sustainable Gamedays during basketball games at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. The Sustainable Gamedays provided an opportunity for the school and corporation to work together to teach fans about issues regarding sustainability, recycling and organics during four men’s games and four women’s contests.
The Buffaloes, already one of the collegiate leaders in athletic-department sustainability, are using the opportunity to extend their platform to the wider community. “With innovative programs like Sustainable Gamedays, together, BASF and CU are transforming zero waste at college campuses,” said CU Environmental Center director David Newport about the partnership.
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2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit Kicks off Today in NYC with the Release of NRDC Collegiate Game Changers Report
In a move to revamp the exterior of the Moda Center to align with the organization’s commitment to sustainability, the Portland Trail Blazers will be updating the landscaping around their arena with native grasses and drought-resistant plants that will help reduce the team’s landscaping water usage by 20-30 percent. The plan is the first phase in a widespread renovation of the Rose Quarter campus on which the Moda Center is located.
The team is working with Greenworks and other organizations to integrate the exterior landscaping to take advantage of Portland’s unique climate. “The landscaping was there when the building opened in 1995,” said Justin Zeulner, the Trail Blazers’ sustainability director. “We’re getting rid of the Kansas City landscaping. What we’re doing fits better with the character of Portland.”
Further projects in the works at the Moda Center include the introduction of two new local and sustainably-sourced concessionaires to the dining options for fans; new LED exterior lighting; and potential renovations to the stormwater systems surrounding the facility.
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Green Sports Alliance Chairman Scott Jenkins has been selected as the general manager of the new Atlanta stadium, which will be operated by a division of AMB Sports & Entertainment Group. The announcement came from the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week. Jenkins will join the group on February 24 and will provide insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium.
Jenkins comes to the Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations. He was responsible for all ballpark operations, capital budget planning and construction projects for Safeco Field, a 46,000-seat retractable roof stadium. Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he opened and managed stadium operations for Lincoln Financial Field and the Novacare Complex that houses all team offices and training facilities. He also previously served as vice president of stadium operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom he opened and managed Miller Park, and as the general manager of the Kohl Center for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Scott joins us at an important time in the new stadium’s development,” Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said. “His experience, dedication, leadership and passion for sports and facilities management will add tremendous value as we finalize the stadium design and begin construction in April. We look forward to his contributions in these areas, as well as in managing the operations of the stadium beginning in 2017.”
Jenkins is a pioneer in the green building movement in sports and was an inaugural member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization co-founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council dedicated to improving green building practices in sport. He now serves as the president and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance and was honored with the 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Award and the 2012 NW Energy Coalition Conservation Eagle Award.
“My interest in this project was sparked the first time I saw renderings of the stadium,” Jenkins said. “Mr. Blank’s vision to create a cutting edge design will set a new standard for the stadium experience. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the effort to bring this vision to life. This stadium will create an icon for Atlanta that will have many positive impacts in the city, region and state.”
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