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Registration Now Open for NatureWorks’ 6th Innovation Takes Root

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MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 3, 2018–NatureWorks announced today that registration is now open for the sixth biennial Innovation Takes Root (ITR) biomaterials forum. The forum will be held September 10 – 12 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, Calif. NatureWorks expects more than 300 attendees comprised of brandowners, retailers, marketers, packaging professionals, process engineers, product designers, researchers, manufacturers, and sustainability managers from over 25 countries.

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More than 300 people are expected to attend Innovation Takes Root 2018 from over 25 countries. Early bird discounted registration begins now and runs through June 1 for the September 10-12 event to be held in San Diego. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Whether you are a product or service provider or just somebody who wants to understand what’s happening in the bioplastics industry, I recommend strongly that you come to Innovation Takes Root,” says Justin Zeulner of the Green Sports Alliance. “This is a conference where you will learn a lot and have the opportunity to collaborate with others, developing partnerships that will last a lifetime.”

Jim Nangeroni, Director – Applications Development and ITR Program Co-Chair, adds, “The first ITR in 2008 brought together engineers and scientists from the Ingeo™ plastics and fibers supply chains to share technical developments in our burgeoning industry. Ten years later, ITR has evolved so that it now draws thought leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, and business leaders together with the scientists and engineers from the supply chain for a full-scale immersion into rethinking and remaking products as we lead our industry into the renewable age.”

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Johnson Controls Partners with AtmosAir Solutions to Offer Enhanced Air Purification

AtmosAirTM Solutions


Fairfield, CT – January 17, 2018 – Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the leading supplier of air handling and building controls equipment worldwide, and AtmosAirTM Solutions, the leading manufacturer of air purification systems using Bi-Polar Ionization, have partnered to deliver measurably cleaner indoor air quality. This collaboration will help JCI provide outstanding air purification performance in their YORK Air Handling Systems.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Johnson Controls,” stated Steve Levine, President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. who manufacturers the AtmosAirTM Solutions product line. “There has been so much recent press and research on the negative impact poor indoor air quality has on people’s health and well-being. We look forward to working together with our partners at JCI for the betterment of people, buildings, and companies. We believe that with JCI’s leadership, the AtmosAirTM product line will be able to address the need for better Indoor Air Quality across the globe.”
JCI will design and manufacture AtmosAirTM air purification as a standard option within their YORK® Air Handling Systems. The enhanced system will deliver highly efficient, chemical-free air purification, providing healthy indoor air quality. AtmosAirTM purification systems generate bi-polar ions that are carried into the space where people live, work and play to significantly reduce harmful particulates, VOCs, allergens, mold, odors, bacteria and viruses. AtmosAirTM technology is a sustainable solution as it actively enhances indoor air quality which allows buildings to reduce outside air per ASHRAE’s 62.1 IAQ procedure, saving energy and operating costs.
“Bi-polar ionization products from AtmosAir™ strengthen our growing strategy to provide innovative factory-integrated IAQ solutions in the YORK® family of air handling products. AtmosAirTM is the leading manufacturer of air purification using bi-polar ionization technology. We look forward to future opportunities to deliver this IAQ solution to our customers,” said Rob Tanner, Director of Marketing for Air Handling Systems at Johnson Controls.
Clean indoor air quality represents a major step toward transforming spaces into high-performance buildings, taking a fresh approach to performance while creating environments that are healthy, comfortable, and efficient.

Member Highlight: SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lightning & Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks

SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lighting and Vancouver Canucks Feature:

Each month, our Membership Spotlight highlights the movement-advancing work of our esteemed members. For our October issue, we’ll be highlighting the great partnership work between  SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lighting & Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks.

SHIFT Energy, a member of the Mariner Partners group of companies based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, developed Energy Optimization Software (EOS) to make smart buildings smarter by optimizing automation.  EOS uses big data analytics, cloud computing and IoT resulting in improved comfort for building occupants, longer asset life, lower energy costs, better system autonomy and detection of defects for building owners and operators. SHIFT Energy offers solutions for venues and arenas, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, airports and data-centres. SHIFT Energy has been a longtime partner of the Alliance, as one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance Corporate Members Network.

SHIFT Energy:

SHIFT Energy originally engaged the Vancouver Canucks in a marketing campaign to solicit innovative CFOs looking for solutions that both save energy and generate utility cost savings.  The Vancouver Canucks responded right away and handed us over to Al Hutchings and Michael Doyle.  The Rogers Arena was fully deployed and officially launched in June of 2014 and has been providing energy cost savings ever since.

Michael Doyle, as a Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, introduced us to the Green Sports Alliance and SHIFT Energy is a founding member.  SHIFT has been engaged with several NHL arenas, but through the Green Sports Alliance, SHIFT met Darryl Benge, who was looking to bring an innovative sustainability technology home to Florida with him at the Amalie Arena.  In 2016, SHIFT deployed EOS and completed the deployment in September of 2016.

“SHIFT’s EOS solution has enabled us to achieve significant operational savings at Rogers Arena and we’re only getting started. In my opinion, Intelligent Live Recommissioning is something all operators must consider. It’s a no brainer.” –Al Hutchings, Director of Facility, Operations and Engineering, Rogers Arena Vancouver Canucks

“SHIFT’s EOS solution provides a unique and timely solution to building intelligence with real time integration that produces real energy saving results.  Its technology-agnostic approach may appeal to those looking to achieve and maintain energy efficiency beyond traditional approaches.” –Darryl Benge, EVP and Arena General Manager Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa, FL. October 8, 2015- The Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Day at Amalie Arena.

Tampa, FL. October 8, 2015- The Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Day at Amalie Arena.

Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC (TBSE), which manages and operates Amalie Arena, has seen positive financial and environmental impacts since implementing Shift Energy’s Energy Optimization Software (EOS). EOS integrated easily with existing infrastructure and their event management software (eventbookings.com), allowing TBSE to simplify and enhance day-to- day operations while customizing the system to Tampa Bay’s unique exterior conditions. TBSE is reporting an energy cost reduction of 14%, a consumption reduction of nearly 1,500,000 kWh, and demand (kW) cost reduction of 15% and 1,100 tons CO 2 saved following the deployment of EOS. Across the spectrum, the EOS system outperformed payback expectations for the facility operators.

APRIL 27, 2013 - TAMPA, FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Lightning

APRIL 27, 2013 – TAMPA, FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Lightning

Recognized as the fourth busiest arena in the US, Amalie Arena not only hosts NHL games, but Arena Football League games featuring the Tampa Bay Storm, along with dozens of concerts and community events; nearly 150 events annually. TBSE continues to focus on sustainability for the 670,000 sq. ft. arena as it approaches its 21st anniversary and it turned to Shift Energy’s EOS to improve overall energy performance.

“The Shift EOS solution has materially reduced Amalie Arena’s energy consumption and improved operations by providing integration from our front office event booking right through to our building management,” said Darryl Benge, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the arena. “The EOS technology did what our team simply didn’t have time to do on a daily basis and it has performed exceptionally well for us.”


Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks

EOS™ began as a pilot project in June of 2013.  After six months of development and another three months of engineering implementation, EOS went live at Rogers Arena, with initial savings of 14 percent of total energy in the arena. The following years to now have allowed us to fine tune the system which has seen the savings grow to approximately 20 percent of total energy in the arena. Added benefits of the system include a live Dashboard that allows our Building Operators and Management to see energy consumption in real time.  This has become an invaluable tool for our Engineering Team.

“As a live events facility, Rogers Arena has a dynamic, complex footprint of energy usage,” Al Hutchings, Senior Director of Facility Operations and Engineering at Rogers Arena.  “EOS™ is able to fine-tune the entire facility from HVAC to chillers to lighting – optimizing the facility in real-time, while respecting our event management needs.  We feed the EOS™ solution with our event needs and the system takes care of the energy and space planning, continuously adjusting the equipment setpoints for optimal efficiency and performance.  The result is big savings without significant changes to our daily operations.

The Green Sports Alliance works to connect our Members on both the corporate and sport (including collegiate) sides of our network.  For more information on the Green Sports Alliance, our Corporate Members Network, or benefits of Sport/Collegiate Membership please contact Rahul Devaskar at rahul@greensportsalliance.org

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