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Green Sports Alliance Members In The MLB World Series

The World Series of Major League Baseball kicked off with a match-up between two green champions and members of the Green Sports Alliance: the Kansas City Royals vs the New York Mets.

Game 1 was hosted by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium -one of the few MLB ballparks that maintains solar arrays, 120 solar panels in total, which promote clean, renewable energy. The Royals engage fans in their green initiatives through their community programs, such as Green Team volunteers and cell phone recycling events.

After 2 games in Kansas City, the highly anticipated match-up moved to Citi Field, home of the Mets, where fans found a green roof that reduces energy and water consumption and an on-site garden that provides ingredients for ballpark concessions. The Mets Green Team volunteers will be collecting recyclables during Game 4 at Citi Field this Saturday, October 31st.

This postseason, 9 out of the 10 teams playing for a chance to win the Commissioner’s Trophy were members of the Green Sports Alliance.

We are proud to say that this year’s World Series champion will also be a green champion!

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers.

Ephesus-Lighting-logoThe LEDs were provided by Ephesus Lighting, which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. The transition enabled the arena to cut the number of fixtures by half: 247 metal halide fixtures were replaced by 120 LEDs. The light light level has increased to more than 200 footcandles, while saving more than 75 percent of energy compared to the previous lighting.

Bridgestone Arena is the sixth hosting NHL teams that switched to LEDs.

The Nashville Public Radio story on the switch noted that the LEDs generate less heat than the metal halide lights they replace one a one-on-one basis. Combined with the fact that they are fewer fixtures overall leads to a reduction in energy needed to keep the ice in game condition.

Margaret Court Arena Receives LEED Gold Certification

Margaret Court Arena announced in late August that it had earned the honor as the first LEED Gold-certified sports and entertainment arena in Australia. The venue, which serves as one of the facilities hosting the annual Australian Open tennis tournament, collaborated with Lend Lease’s building business in Victoria to achieve the distinction through an integrated series of practical and measurable initiatives designed to reduce the environmental impact of its operation.

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To obtain LEED Gold status, Margaret Court Arena installed energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, water efficient fittings, and a retractable roof designed to mitigate the need for artificial lighting and cooling systems. The venue also incorporated the existing structure into its new design, while utilizing sustainably sourced timber and installing rainwater systems for toilets throughout the facility.

“This is now Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ second LEED certification, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainable practices and our intention to make the precinct one of the most sustainable sports and entertainment hubs in the world,” Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO Brian Morris said after the announcement. “We’re passionate about increasing benefits to the people of Victoria, and MCA’s innovative approach to sustainability goes a long way towards lessening our impact on the environment.”

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