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South San Francisco USD Celebrates New, High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at El Camino High School

PRNewswire

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South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. The makeover taking place on the athletic field is just one key part of a comprehensive, district-wide program enhancing the District’s sustainability profile as well as linking technical facility upgrades to STEM initiatives across grade levels. A large crowd including District Leadership, local elected officials, 25 student athletes representing a wide array of El Camino sports teams, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses.

Through a long-term project with OpTerra Energy Services, based in Oakland with a local workforce of engineers serving the Bay Area, the initiative will save the District over $2 Million for the General Fund and create over 30 construction jobs for the skilled local workforce.

Brightening the Night for Student Athletes

After years of collaboration that brought the development of solar installations and a STEM Institute to the District, SSFUSD and OpTerra are now entering a new chapter of project to deliver additional solar capacity, interior/exterior LED lighting retrofits, and the installation of the brand new LED stadium lighting at El Camino High School’s ‘Colts Field.’

The installation of 96 brand new LED stadium lights at the El Camino High School athletic field is a central feature to supporting an enriched student and fan experience at SSFUSD in 2017. The El Camino Colts have never had permanent field lighting for any athletic events over the past 50 years, relying on use of other District facilities for night games and single-use, low-efficiency rental lights.

Not only will the Colts’ new LEDs be the most energy efficient lighting available, the directed light they cast provides razor-sharp definition to ensure clear visibility on the field and in the stands.

South San Francisco’s self-described “Friday Night Lights” effort will achieve great things for more than 1,400 students at El Camino High School, including:

  • Allowing El Camino student-athletes to compete later in the evening, when their parents, teachers, and community members can attend home games
  • Creating a safe environment for evening sporting events and special community events such as graduation
  • Reducing early class dismissals for student athletes

As Assistant Athletic Director Eric Jacobson enthusiastically shared with the community, “This is a dream come true for so many Colts who ever played on that field from 1961-2016. Thank you to all those who have brought lights to the beautiful Colts Field.”

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Norwegian Eco Snow Machines & the Future of Skiing

Climate Action Programme

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Norwegian researchers are developing a machine capable of simultaneously producing snow and heating homes, in a bid to save winter sports from the impacts of climate change.

Globally, ski resorts are becoming increasingly dependent on expensive and environmentally damaging snow-making machines due to the warming climate.

These machines can only operate if the surrounding air temperature is below freezing, leaving many low-lying resorts abandoned.

Researchers at SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute, and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) believe that an adaptation of the technology used in domestic fridges and freezers can solve this problem.

As one of Norway’s most popular sports – as well as a form of transportation during the winter months – it is hoped that these new machines that can produce snow in addition to heating homes, will protect the sport from rising temperatures.

The project is supported by a 2.3 million krone ($300,000) grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture which argues that skiing is engrained in the country’s culture.

Petter Nekså, Energy Research Scientist at SINTEF, said: “At higher temperatures, you need a refrigeration plant to make snow. The advantage is that this process is independent of air temperatures. One of the main aims of the project will be to find out how we can produce snow regardless of the outdoor temperature, and to develop energy-efficient ways of doing it.”

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Sports Facilities, Water And Energy Opportunities

Facility Executive

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It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, the location the championship match up between New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month. That stadium facility has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel, and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves. Now, think about the impact that low-flush toilet could have.

A new report released by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways sports venues throughout the U.S. can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, “Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues”, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place.

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