Pacers Going Green with New Fieldhouse Recycling Strategy

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By Anthony Schoettle

In the upcoming NBA season, 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers will be placed throughout the fieldhouse. (Image courtesy Pacers Sports & Entertainment)

In the upcoming NBA season, 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers will be placed throughout the fieldhouse. (Image courtesy Pacers Sports & Entertainment)

The Pacers are ratcheting up a fledgling recycling effort in Bankers Life Fieldhouse and intend to begin enlisting fans to pitch in during the upcomimng NBA season.

Later this year or early next year, team officials plan to place 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers throughout the fieldhouse to replace the vast majority of trash cans installed when the venue opened in 1999. The goal is to increase recycling and diminish the stream of waste coming out of the 18,165-seat venue.

The city’s Capital Improvement Board, the quasi-governmental entity that owns downtown’s major sports facilities, paid $175,738 to a Wisconsin-based firm for the bins. The team plans to have personnel—including workers from concession vendor Levy Restaurants—on hand to help educate fans about what can and cannot be recycled. Signage also will be posted to help fans navigate the new recycling program.

Pacers officials estimate the fieldhouse generated 730 tons of trash in 2015. Pacers Sports & Entertainment operates the venue for the CIB.

The recycling effort officially kicked off over the summer. During the Indiana Fever season, the fieldhouse cleaning crew began separating aluminum, plastic and glass from the refuse left on the floors in seating areas. In June, the team installed a bailer at the fieldhouse to begin recycling cardboard.

The effort is being pushed by team owner Herb Simon and his son Stephen, who recently has taken on a more active role in the franchise as part-owner.

“Herb and Stephen Simon are both very environmentally conscious and want to make sure we’re being good stewards,” said Mel Raines, Pacers senior vice president of facilities operations. “They’re very supportive of this effort and want to know how we are doing.”

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Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium Is Going Green

By S. Garrett Shaw


Mercedes-Benz Stadium, future home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, is going green.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is taking notice, praising and recognizing the sustainability efforts of the stadium last week. In a push to achieve the LEED Platinum certification, the Atlanta Falcons are constructing their upcoming venue with the environment in mind and are on the path to have the first NFL and MLS stadium to earn that distinction.

“From inception, Arthur Blank challenged us to make Mercedes-Benz Stadium one of the most sustainable buildings in sports,” Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins said in a statement, referring to the Falcons’ owner. “We’re proud to say that we are achieving our goal by implementing innovative solutions that will allow us to be the first professional sports stadium to achieve LEED Platinum status.”

The stadium will be the first of its kind to achieve all water credits available via LEED, but it does not stop there. A retractable roof and LED lighting throughout the stadium are among other environmentally valuable additions will also be on display.

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Pac-12 to Host First Conference-Wide College Sports Sustainability Summit

Announcement Part of White House OSTP Call to Action To Tackle Climate Through Sports

SAN FRANCISCO – Today as part of a series of announcements made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on sports and sustainability, the Pac-12 Conference, alongside its member universities, pledged to take a leadership position in promoting sustainability through sports.

In an effort to influence conferences and universities around the country on this important issue, the Pac-12 will host the first conference-wide college sports sustainability summit in June 2017 in Sacramento, Calif. as part of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. This event will convene sustainability officers from across the conference to design new collective initiatives and share best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.

“Our member universities and athletics departments are national leaders in minimizing their impact on the environment,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “In hosting this summit, we look forward to convening an esteemed group of experts to design new initiatives and share best practices to enhance our collective efforts.”

The pledge was part of a larger push to use sports to address climate change. Earlier this year, the OSTP put out a call to action to capture new commitments and actions that leagues, teams, and organizations were taking in the climate space. Today’s announcement by the OSTP featured the Pac-12’s commitment along with other organizations’ pledges to minimize the environmental impact of their footprint and increase their response to counter the impact of climate change.

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