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Edmonton Hockey Arena Raises the Bar for Sports Facilities

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Rogers Place will soon have the honour of being the first NHL venue in Canada to be LEED Silver certified. The 93,000-m2 arena is part of a new 25-acre mixed-use development site in Edmonton, AB and officially opened in September 2016.

Mike McFaul, assistant general manager of facility operations at Rogers Place and a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance, has been planning some of the waste management, green cleaning and energy use initiatives that would contribute to the building’s LEED certification since before it even opened. He also acknowledges the advantages of working with a building that was designed for efficiency from day one.

The arena has low-flow, efficient water fixtures, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, and motion sensors. A LEED green cleaning program is already in place, and other programs, such as a sustainable procurement policy and lighting and HVAC scheduling to match occupancy, are in the works.

The facility also has a robust waste management strategy that started during construction. Almost 90 per cent of construction debris was recycled, and nearly 20 per cent of all construction materials came from recycled and/or local materials or contained recycled content. Now that the facility is up and running, its recycling and composting efforts have already enabled it to hit and exceed its 90 per cent landfill diversion target.

Its downtown location also helped in its bid for LEED certification, because it promotes the use of the city’s public transit system as well as active transport such as walking and cycling. A sustainability committee is being organized to develop and oversee future environmental initiatives to make sure that the building’s performance is maintained or improved over time.

Similar sports venues and municipally-owned or run ice/curling rinks can implement some of the features found at Rogers Place by retrofitting facilities with LED lighting, motion sensors and efficient water fixtures. Arenas can go further by energy benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to identify additional and ongoing energy saving opportunities. To enable these facilities to become even more energy efficient, NRCan will be launching a new score for ice and curling rinks in the fall of 2017.

With this launch, ice and curling rinks will become the seventh building type to be eligible for a Canadian ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score. The score will help with energy management, which is critical for these facilities, given the high energy demands of creating and maintaining ice surfaces. With the new score, managers will have the opportunity to better understand their facility’s energy performance and find the tools to improve it.

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STMA Helping Sports Get Green

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For the fifth year, STMA has been named a Community Partner with the Green Sports Alliance Summit, which will be held in Sacramento, June 27-29. As a community partner, STMA receives a partnership table to distribute literature and meet face-to-face with attendees. STMA members also receive a $50 discount on the registration fees. Click here to register. (Put in promotional code STMA to receive the discount).

The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 800 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans.

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Sacramento Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé Featured in CNBC Profile Discussing Team’s Innovative Use of Technology

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Yesterday, CNBC recognized the Sacramento Kings efforts to redefine the sports and entertainment experience through technology. The team’s new home, Golden 1 Center, is redefining how franchises and venues around the world think about the guest experience and embracing emerging technology.

The feature is just the latest recognition of the Sacramento Kings industry-leading technology and sustainability efforts. Just last week, the Green Sports Alliance honored the Kings as one of 12 “Environmental Innovators of the Year” for their sustainability efforts and in May, Golden 1 Center was named “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. Additionally, the team’s groundbreaking new mobile app earned an Appy Award last month, was featured in Fast Company as the “Most Innovative Company in Sports,” and tops the list of SportTechie’s “25 Most Tech Savvy Sports Teams.”

Since becoming the first basketball team to pioneer Twitter 10 years ago, the Kings have continued to experiment with technology that revolutionizes the way the team interacts with their fans and community. Most recently, Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé announced a new effort with the city to bring autonomous vehicles to Sacramento, including a challenge to transport 50 people to the team’s season opener without a driver. Golden 1 Center will also host sport and sustainability executives at the seventh annual Green Sports Alliance summit later this month.

Other innovations and honors include:

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