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EPA’s Green Power Partnership Announces Collegiate Green Power Challenge Champions

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Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, EPA’s Green Power Partnership tracked the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. The College and University Green Power Challenge is open to any collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

On April 24, 2017, EPA concluded the Green Power Challenge and recognized the Champion Green Power Conference as well as the largest single green power users within each participating conference as 2016-17 EPA Green Power Challenge conference champions, listed in the below tables. The Champion Green Power Conference for the 2016-2017 Challenge is the Big Ten Conference and the individual school using the most green power is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Interested in joining the 2017-18 Green Power Challenge? Check out our Steps to Join Green Power Partnership page for more information. To be listed, a conference must have at least two Green Power Partners and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) across the conference.

This list is current as of April 5, 2017. This is the final update to the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge. Thank you and congratulations to all participating schools!

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Green Innovation In Sport: How Future Stadiums Will Look

Huffington Post UK
By Robert Bright

Amsterdam Arena

Amsterdam Arena

Nothing can compete with the atmosphere of a packed sports stadium. We go in our millions every week to arenas around the world where we cheer on our team, or maybe sing-a-long to our favourite band. But while there might be plenty of energy coming from the fans, the stadium itself tends to consume it at huge rates.

To give you some idea, the electricity used by Wembley Stadium’s floodlights for one match in London is equivalent to watching 20,936 football matches on TV at home. Then there’s the waste to think about, with anywhere in the region of 10-15 tonnes of rubbish produced per game in most stadiums. And that’s before we get into the size and impact of the structure itself, the materials used in its construction, and the means by which people get to and from the venue.

Stadiums and the smart city

For some years now, architects, designers, engineers and ecologists have been radically rethinking the stadium to bring it in line with environmental recommendations and our changing attitudes towards the planet. What’s more, stadiums are central to the concept of the smart city.

In environments where Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will increasingly play a part, stadiums will become providers as well as consumers, proxy power plants, storing and transferring energy that will be used elsewhere. This is a trend we’re already seeing in other large structures, like the PricewaterhouseCoopers building in London and the Bank of America tower in New York.

One of the biggest innovations and best examples of a stadium integrating into the smart city concept is the world-famous Amsterdam ArenA (pictured above), home to the legendary Netherlands side, Ajax. Nissan, power management company Eaton and The Mobility House have developed an energy storage system that makes the energy management of the Amsterdam ArenA more efficient, sustainable and reliable.

It makes use of repurposed batteries from Nissan’s EV car, the LEAF – 280 of them in total. These batteries are used for back up power but will ultimately replace the stadiums diesel generators, providing four Megawatts of power and four Megawatts of storage capacity. The technology to operate the system in this complex setup was developed by The Mobility House.

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Dikembe Mutombo is Here to Remind you Turn Off the Lights When You’re Not Using Them

By:  | USA Today

In the midst of the NBA playoffs, Dikembe Mutombo has a simple message: Go green.

The former star turned NBA ambassador is portrayed — along with Jason Collins, Felipe Lopez, and WNBA Legends Swin Cash and Ruth Riley — as an animated bobblehead as part of the NBA Green Energy All-Stars campaign in honor of Earth Day.

“It is very important to protect our environment and the NBA has been in the center of so many causes so this one is a great one,” he said.

Mutombo said he thought the bobblehead rendering brought back some fond memories of his early days in the league.

“When I came to the NBA in 1991 I remember when the league and the Denver Nuggets came out with a Dikembe Mutombo bobblehead. It was amazing. It was something that fans took a hold of,” he said. “So I think it’s going to have an impact to the way our fans are getting the message. I think the message will go directly to their minds.”

So what does Mutombo do everyday to help the environment?

Turning off the lights of course, using a timer to turn off lights around the house, switching the washing machine to cold wash instead of hot wash and turning off appliances when they’re not in use.

“When we’re not charging our phone everything (that it’s charged with) doesn’t have to be on,” he said.

Since we had Mutombo on the phone, we had to (jokingly) ask him: With the NBA draft lottery coming up, will there be any more tweets leading up to the big day that will spur the internet into a wave of conspiracy theories like last year’s?

He laughed.

“No! I’m not going to make that mistake that I did last year,” he said. “… Definitely I’m going to make sure that I keep my mouth shut and stay away from my phone, from Twitter, from my Instagram.”

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