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Detroit Lions Add Solar to Stadium and Team Facilities

PV Magazine

The Lions become the 12th NFL franchise to add solar power to their facilities, furthering a growing trend that now includes 38% of the league.

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The Detroit Lions are among the NFL’s leaders – now there’s a phrase you don’t hear often – in utilizing solar power. This past week North Carolina’ s Power Home Solar announced a partnership with the team that includes solar projects at both Ford Field and team training facilities in nearby Allen Park.

With this announcement comes a major milestone for solar in the NFL: each of the league’s eight divisions now include at least one team with solar capabilities. The NFL leads the four major North American pro sports leagues in terms of the number of teams with installed capacity at 12 – 33% more than the MLB and NBA and 200% more than the NHL.

There may be more to come, as Power Home co-founder Jayson Waller told pv magazine that the company is in negotiations for further developments with the Lions, as well as multiple other stadiums in the upper midwest.

While Waller declined to reveal the installed wattage, he was able to share that the project is using panels made in Texas by Mission Solar, with Solar Edge 3-phase inverters.

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Green Sports Day: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Become First Pro Sports Team to Achieve ISO 20121 Sustainability Certification

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that the team has received the prestigious ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the first professional sports team to do so. ISO 20121 is an international standard designed to help organizations involved in the events and hospitality industries integrate sustainability into management practices and processes.

“While our concerted efforts to become a global leader in the sustainability field have led to many successes over the years, we continue to challenge ourselves to think bigger and more creatively,” said Christina Weiss Lurie, President Eagles Charitable Foundation, Eagles Social Responsibility. “Achieving ISO certification will help us take that next step to becoming a more environmentally responsible corporate citizen.”

The ISO 20121 Standard, first introduced at the 2012 London Olympic Games, provides a management blueprint to address the “triple bottom line” of sustainability – the economic, environmental and social impacts of events. The standard helps organizations operate in a way that is financially viable for the company, its customers and suppliers; minimize the use of resources and reduce waste; and consider the needs and expectations of those affected by the event or business. The key component of the standard is the development of a continuous improvement plan which is then implemented, analyzed and modified to achieve ever increasing standards of performance.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, performed the independent third-party certification of the Philadelphia Eagles compliance with the ISO 20121 standard.

“Certification by the Eagles to the event industry’s leading sustainability standard is great news for all of us working to make professional sports more environmentally and socially responsible,” said Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide. “We hope the Eagles’ achievement will encourage other organizations in the professional sports industry to follow suit.”

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

The Philadelphia Eagles lost 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles)

About iCompli Sustainability

iCompli Sustainability is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli Sustainability offers diagnostic and assessment services, data verification and report assurance, and third-party certification to global sustainability standards. For more information, please visit www.icomplisustainability.com.

About ISO

The International Organization for Standardization, commonly referred to as ISO, is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded in 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.iso.org.

Contact:

Anthony Bonagura, Philadelphia Eagles – abonagura@eagles.nfl.com, 609-707-5877

Green Sports Day: Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are continuously looking for innovative ideas to advance our sustainability initiatives.  They continued this trend throughout 2018 with the addition of solar to their headquarters where their training facility is located in Allen Park, MI and at the stadium parking deck in Detroit, MI.  Both locations consist of a rooftop solar array, solaredge inverter and related electrical metering and safety equipment. The headquarter building includes (50) solar panels while the parking deck includes (10) both with 1 inverter.  Each facility used the rooftop mounted strategy with a utility-interconnected inverter and have net-metering capabilities. 

 

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