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UA Makes Sustainability Competitive

By Victor Garcia

Ben Champion, director of the Office of Sustainability, sorts waste from the PAC-12 Zero Waste challenge during the homecoming football game on Oct. 29, 2016. The UA Office of Sustainability alongside student organizations help solve the problem of removing trash from campus and the football stadium every year.

Ben Champion, director of the Office of Sustainability, sorts waste from the PAC-12 Zero Waste challenge during the homecoming football game on Oct. 29, 2016. The UA Office of Sustainability alongside student organizations help solve the problem of removing trash from campus and the football stadium every year.

Homecoming is one of the biggest events of the school year at the University of Arizona, with the accompanying football game drawing thousands of fans. With each spectator, one can expect a couple of drinks and snacks during the game, and with that comes trash.

The UA Office of Sustainability and student organizations help solve the problem of removing trash from campus and the football stadium every year in the Green Sports Alliance Zero Waste Challenge.

Schools in the Pacific 12 Conference compete against each other to divert the most trash from their campus in a selected athletic event. This year’s event was UA’s Homecoming football game.

“At the end of the game, all the compost and recycling gets weighted, and that percentage is compared to the other universities,” said Celeste Colmenares, chair of Greening the Game. “We came out in third place in the Zero Waste competition, and we are trying to increase our diversion rate. Instead of focusing mainly on the stadium, this year we will be focusing on tailgating.”

Members of organizations like Greening the Game, Students for Sustainability and the Green Team volunteer to stay after the game to pick up whatever can be taken to a landfill, recycled or re-purposed.

“We are trying to get a lot of community involvement; we want to teach the community how to recycle,” Colmenares said. “This year we have an incentive: You get to win two football tickets for the next game if you bring a bag of recycling to our tent. ”

Greening the Game tents were stationed around the football stadium and were present during the tailgate as well.

Last year, UA came in third place with an impressive 70 percent of waste diverted for its Zero Waste Challenge. “We collected 2.97 tons of compost [last year]. In recycling we collected 2.31 tons, and what was sent to the landfill was 2.3 tons,” said Coordinator of Sustainability Programs Julia Rudnick.

According to Rudnick, clubs working in sustainability will not only participate in the Pac-12 competition, but have joined to compete at a national level.

“Game Day Recycling is a national recycling competition,” Rudnick said. “We will turn in our diversion numbers for this, too. Out of 79 schools, we came in 10th place in that one last year.”

Rebecca Newton, operations manager for Greening the Game, said now is the time to act.

“We live in a time where it is ‘do or die’ when it comes to the environment,” she said. “I love my experience with Greening the Game because, as a society, we choose to work together and support each other in trying to keep not only our campus but our planet clean.”

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Member Highlight: SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lightning & Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks

SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lighting and Vancouver Canucks Feature:

Each month, our Membership Spotlight highlights the movement-advancing work of our esteemed members. For our October issue, we’ll be highlighting the great partnership work between  SHIFT Energy, Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lighting & Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks.

SHIFT Energy, a member of the Mariner Partners group of companies based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, developed Energy Optimization Software (EOS) to make smart buildings smarter by optimizing automation.  EOS uses big data analytics, cloud computing and IoT resulting in improved comfort for building occupants, longer asset life, lower energy costs, better system autonomy and detection of defects for building owners and operators. SHIFT Energy offers solutions for venues and arenas, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, airports and data-centres. SHIFT Energy has been a longtime partner of the Alliance, as one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance Corporate Members Network.

SHIFT Energy:

SHIFT Energy originally engaged the Vancouver Canucks in a marketing campaign to solicit innovative CFOs looking for solutions that both save energy and generate utility cost savings.  The Vancouver Canucks responded right away and handed us over to Al Hutchings and Michael Doyle.  The Rogers Arena was fully deployed and officially launched in June of 2014 and has been providing energy cost savings ever since.

Michael Doyle, as a Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, introduced us to the Green Sports Alliance and SHIFT Energy is a founding member.  SHIFT has been engaged with several NHL arenas, but through the Green Sports Alliance, SHIFT met Darryl Benge, who was looking to bring an innovative sustainability technology home to Florida with him at the Amalie Arena.  In 2016, SHIFT deployed EOS and completed the deployment in September of 2016.

“SHIFT’s EOS solution has enabled us to achieve significant operational savings at Rogers Arena and we’re only getting started. In my opinion, Intelligent Live Recommissioning is something all operators must consider. It’s a no brainer.” –Al Hutchings, Director of Facility, Operations and Engineering, Rogers Arena Vancouver Canucks

“SHIFT’s EOS solution provides a unique and timely solution to building intelligence with real time integration that produces real energy saving results.  Its technology-agnostic approach may appeal to those looking to achieve and maintain energy efficiency beyond traditional approaches.” –Darryl Benge, EVP and Arena General Manager Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa, FL. October 8, 2015- The Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Day at Amalie Arena.

Tampa, FL. October 8, 2015- The Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Day at Amalie Arena.

Amalie Arena/Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC (TBSE), which manages and operates Amalie Arena, has seen positive financial and environmental impacts since implementing Shift Energy’s Energy Optimization Software (EOS). EOS integrated easily with existing infrastructure and their event management software (eventbookings.com), allowing TBSE to simplify and enhance day-to- day operations while customizing the system to Tampa Bay’s unique exterior conditions. TBSE is reporting an energy cost reduction of 14%, a consumption reduction of nearly 1,500,000 kWh, and demand (kW) cost reduction of 15% and 1,100 tons CO 2 saved following the deployment of EOS. Across the spectrum, the EOS system outperformed payback expectations for the facility operators.

APRIL 27, 2013 - TAMPA, FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Lightning

APRIL 27, 2013 – TAMPA, FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Lightning

Recognized as the fourth busiest arena in the US, Amalie Arena not only hosts NHL games, but Arena Football League games featuring the Tampa Bay Storm, along with dozens of concerts and community events; nearly 150 events annually. TBSE continues to focus on sustainability for the 670,000 sq. ft. arena as it approaches its 21st anniversary and it turned to Shift Energy’s EOS to improve overall energy performance.

“The Shift EOS solution has materially reduced Amalie Arena’s energy consumption and improved operations by providing integration from our front office event booking right through to our building management,” said Darryl Benge, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the arena. “The EOS technology did what our team simply didn’t have time to do on a daily basis and it has performed exceptionally well for us.”

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Rogers Arena/Vancouver Canucks

EOS™ began as a pilot project in June of 2013.  After six months of development and another three months of engineering implementation, EOS went live at Rogers Arena, with initial savings of 14 percent of total energy in the arena. The following years to now have allowed us to fine tune the system which has seen the savings grow to approximately 20 percent of total energy in the arena. Added benefits of the system include a live Dashboard that allows our Building Operators and Management to see energy consumption in real time.  This has become an invaluable tool for our Engineering Team.

“As a live events facility, Rogers Arena has a dynamic, complex footprint of energy usage,” Al Hutchings, Senior Director of Facility Operations and Engineering at Rogers Arena.  “EOS™ is able to fine-tune the entire facility from HVAC to chillers to lighting – optimizing the facility in real-time, while respecting our event management needs.  We feed the EOS™ solution with our event needs and the system takes care of the energy and space planning, continuously adjusting the equipment setpoints for optimal efficiency and performance.  The result is big savings without significant changes to our daily operations.

The Green Sports Alliance works to connect our Members on both the corporate and sport (including collegiate) sides of our network.  For more information on the Green Sports Alliance, our Corporate Members Network, or benefits of Sport/Collegiate Membership please contact Rahul Devaskar at rahul@greensportsalliance.org

Seahawks Celebrate Sustainability Efforts at Sunday’s Game Against The Texans

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The Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Hospitality (FGH) will celebrate the ongoing sustainability efforts at CenturyLink Field during this Sunday’s game vs. the Houston Texans. CenturyLink Field continues to be one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable sports and entertainment facilities in the world.

The Seahawks and FGH have partnered with Cedar Grove Composting and Sound Sustainable Farms to focus on locally sourced, organic products that provide the highest quality food and beverage choices for Seahawks fans and support eco-friendly practices.

Cedar Grove creates compost from CenturyLink Field’s food waste, which Sound Sustainable Farms uses to grow produce to sell back to CenturyLink Field. This Sunday, all french fries served at the stadium, 6,000 pounds of cut potatoes, will come from Sound Sustainable Farms.Read

Local Companies Bring Sustainable Food and Beverage to CenturyLink Field

* 6,000 lbs. of cut potatoes for French fries found at: Chicken & Waffle 126, 321; Great State Burger 122; John Howie Beardslee Public House 204, 240

* Country Natural Beef provides 1,500 lbs. of naturally raised brisket at all Smokehouse locations 120, 305, 335, 132

* East Anchor Seafood provides local and sustainable seafood in all concessions, suites and catering, as well as a seafood display in Verizon Lounge

* More than 36,700 glasses of Northwest Beer are served per game

* More than 4,600 glasses of Washington wine are served per game

* Donate 600 lbs. of food to FareStart, Food Lifeline and Salvation Army after each game

* Sound Sustainable Farms produce is used in suites and catering

* Cedar Grove Compost collects 16.14 tons of compost after each game

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