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NC State University Reynolds Coliseum Achieves LEED Silver For Sustainability

By cwdavis3 | NC State Sustainability

2017.04.25-NewsFeed-NCSU LEED Silver-IMAGE

Basketball court in the renovated Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State University’s recent renovation of its Reynolds Coliseum has earned national sustainability certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Reopened in September 2016 following a 16-month renovation, the building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level in March 2017.

The 186,000-square-foot multipurpose arena originally opened in 1949 and is one of campus’ nine hallowed spaces, which prompted the university to renovate the aging building instead of replacing it.

“Among the most significant sustainability efforts of this project is that it’s a renovation, not a new building,” said Liz Bowen, an NC State sustainability program coordinator specializing in the university’s built environment. “A renovation allowed the building’s historic elements to be preserved and existing materials to be reused when possible.”

The building is now home to NC State’s ROTC program and several Wolfpack athletics teams, including women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s wrestling and rifle.

Other sustainability features of the facility include:

  • New energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system
  • Exterior replacement windows that better insulate the building and save energy
  • Integration of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that save water
  • Native and adaptive species of outdoor plants that require little to no irrigation
  • An air quality management plan during construction that ensured a healthy interior environment free of contaminants and high-emitting materials, paints and finishes
  • Infrastructure for alternative transportation, including bike racks, pedestrian paths and a bus stop served by six different Wolfline campus bus routes

Reynolds is the fifteenth university building since 2011 to earn LEED certification, bringing the total amount of LEED-certified space on campus to more than 1 million square feet.

Read more here.

Email our membership manager rahul@greensportsalliance.org to learn more about collegiate membership opportunities.

Green Sports Alliance Announces Winner of the Spring 2017 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge: UC Berkeley

In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, 100% of Pac-12 universities participated in the third annual basketball edition of this competition. Every member of the Pac-12 is also a member of the Green Sports Alliance. The goal was to see which university could divert the most waste from the landfill at a selected men’s or women’s home game during the Spring 2017 basketball season, as well as which one used the most innovative methods to expand the reach and impact of the competition.

The Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge provides a friendly and spirited platform for Pac-12 universities to engage on best practices in athletic event waste diversion and to learn how each campus strives toward zero waste goals. In addition to overall waste diversion rate, the universities are scored on innovation, partnership & participation, and fan engagement. Also for the first time, special awards were given for Fan Engagement, Athlete/Player Engagement, and the most improved school (from the previous competition)

Results of the Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge were determined by a panel of three independent judges. We congratulate all the Pac-12 campuses for their dedicated efforts and participation!  The Green Sports Alliance is proud to support this unique activation highlighting the sustainability leadership of the Pac-12.

Spring 2017 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge Final Results:

1st Place: University of California, Berkeley

  • Achieved a diversion rate of 94%

2nd Place: University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Achieved a diversion rate of 92%

3rd Place: University of Arizona

  • Achieved a diversion rate of 65%

Spring 2017 Pac-12 Road to Zero Waste Challenge Special Awards:

  • Fan Engagement Award – University of Arizona
  • Athlete/Player Engagement – Stanford University
  • Most Improved – University of California, Los Angeles


About the Pac-12 Conference

The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 48 of the last 54 years, with 476 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to pac-12.com/conference.

About the Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 sports leagues in 14 countries. Currently, 30 NCAA affiliated universities are members of the Alliance.

Visit  greensportsalliance.org to learn more. Interested in membership? Email the Alliance Membership Manager, Rahul Devaskar, at rahul@greensportsalliance.org.

BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory Unveiled at Newly Constructed Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the Campus of Louisiana State University

Representatives from BASF and LSU participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the BASF Sustainable Living Lab at Louisiana State University.

Representatives from BASF and LSU participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the BASF Sustainable Living Lab at Louisiana State University.

Louisiana State University (LSU) officials joined BASF executives in the public unveiling of the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory on campus. The Lab, which is the first-of-its-kind at LSU and in the Southeast region, is an innovative space that promotes problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions to meet global challenges. As part of BASF’s workforce development and science education efforts in the region, the Lab is the result of a $1 million donation BASF made to LSU Foundation and the College of Engineering first announced in 2014.

“BASF has had an ongoing relationship with LSU and the investment in the BASF Sustainable Living Lab is a natural fit for us” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s site in Geismar. “The Lab promotes innovative research to achieve sustainable solutions, enhances science education for students of all levels and helps foster workforce development opportunities in the Gulf Coast – all of which are at the core of BASF’s mission to create chemistry for a sustainable future.”

BASF’s support of LSU also includes a $100,000 donation to complete the new LSU Career Center, more than $20,000 in annual scholarships to College of Engineering students, and annual summer internship opportunities. In addition, BASF is supporting LSU with several initiatives that focus on sustainability opportunities on campus for students, alumni and the general public. These efforts are establishing LSU as a leader on sustainability in the Southeast region.

“BASF is not just a financial contributor, but a true partner dedicated to the education of students both in and out of the classroom,” Richard J. Koubek, Ph.D., LSU Executive Vice President and Provost, said. “It’s a collaborative relationship that our students benefit from by having enriched educational opportunities that prepare them for the workforce and real world exposure to a company’s approach in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to today’s challenges.”

The Lab is housed in Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the largest freestanding academic building in Louisiana. BASF products were used throughout the construction of the lab, including ceiling tiles, flooring and wall paint. The Lab also features a state-of-the-art communication system that enables virtual participation through webcasting technology.

Read the full press release here.