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Cambria County War Memorial Arena to Install Energy Efficient LED Lighting Technology

NEW YORK (September 2, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and its official energy services partner, Constellation, will extend their joint commitment to improve environmental sustainability within the sport of hockey for Kraft Hockeyville USA, the Sept. 29 preseason game between the Pittsburgh Penguins® and Tampa Bay Lightning® at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pa.

As part of the arena’s electricity supply agreement with Constellation, energy efficient LED lighting will be installed throughout the facility, including above the ice surface to reduce glare and improve game presentation and visibility for players. Installed with support from SYLVANIA Lighting Solutions, an OSRAM Americas company and local Constellation channel partner, the new lighting will help the arena control electricity and maintenance costs.

 As a result of the LED lighting upgrade, the arena is expected to reduce electricity consumption by more than 25 percent and avoid the creation of 336,836 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The upgrade requires no up-front investment from the arena through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy program, which combines energy supply with energy conservation measures.
“Constellation is pleased to support the NHL in achieving its energy and environmental goals,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. “Energy efficiency is an essential part of an effective energy management strategy. We look forward to working with the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on this efficiency project and a great preseason game in September.”  

In addition to Constellation’s implementation of LED lighting improvements, Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena is currently undergoing $150,000 in upgrades to its ice-making equipment and youth locker rooms, with support from Kraft, the NHL and the NHLPA, to provide a better game experience for community members year-round.

As the official energy services partner of the NHL, Constellation – a leading competitive energy and services company – conducts energy efficiency analyses and recommends energy management strategies for the NHL’s facilities.

Constellation is also a supporter of NHL Green, the comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative launched by the League in 2010 to address the effects of climate change and freshwater scarcity on the game of hockey. The NHL is the first professional sports league in North America to issue a sustainability report, documenting and disclosing the League’s carbon footprint.  For more information on NHL Green, visit NHL.com/Green.

Greenhouse gas emissions from League activities during Kraft Hockeyville™ USA – from electricity consumption to player travel – will be counterbalanced through Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets, supplied at the NHL’s request by Constellation.  Through its partnership with Constellation, the NHL® now ranks as the 17th largest user of green power in the U.S., according to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  

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Pac-12 Sustainability Highlights

The Pac-12 is the first NCAA Power 5 Conference to join the Green Sports Alliance and they continue to experience significant success on and off the field. The 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days took place July 30-31 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Commissioner Larry Scott’s had the following to say in his address:

“My future outlook for college football is very optimistic on a national level, and certainly within the Pac-12. College football has never been stronger or more popular. Last year’s College Football Playoff was a resounding success, and brought even more attention to the sport we love… Last year also saw a high point for the Pac-12 on the field. Our depth across both divisions saw ESPN calling this the best football conference in the country.”

2015.08.06-NewsFeed-Pac-12 Sustainability-IMAGETheir success carries over to all of the Pac-12 schools’ sustainability efforts as well. Sports greening initiatives at each school are helping to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, protect habitat, save energy and water, reach millions of fans with environmental messages, and train future business leaders in environmental stewardship.

Here are a few highlights from some of the Pac-12 schools:

The UA athletics department boasts on-site solar at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center and LEED certification for their Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. In 2010, the University of Arizona also built the first university recreation center in the U.S. to be awarded LEED Platinum certification, which uses solar energy for both heating the pool and cooling the building’s chiller systems.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON DUCKS (AASHE STARS Reporter): The Ducks have hosted some of the greenest sports events in the nation, winning the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Award for North America. UO is also home to the LEED Gold certified Matthew Knight Arena.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES BRUINS (AASHE STARS Silver Renewing): The UCLA Spieker Aquatic Center, an outdoor 50-meter swimming pool and diving complex, received LEED Gold status in 2012. The UCLA’s renovation of 13,000 square feet of existing space on campus into the Kinross Recreation Center is also expected to receive LEED Gold certification.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH UTES (AASHE STARS Bronze Renewing): The Utes new football and basketball training centers are designed to be at least LEED Silver certified. The first phase of energy efficient LED lighting upgrades to The Huntsman Center and indoor football practice field is also complete. In 2013, Utah Athletics started including public transportation fare for all ticketed events, encouraging fans to travel by light rail and bus. Student volunteers also make “Recycle Rice Eccles” and game day bicycle valets two of the most successful campaigns on campus

The Pac-12 is celebrating 100 years as the “Conference of Champions” this season and we hope to see their continued success and sustainability efforts for 100 more.

Read more about the recent Pac-12 Football Media Days.

New York Yankees Announce Plan to Install LED Lighting at Yankee Stadium

The New York Yankees announced on June 30 that it will partner with GigaTera and PLANLED to retrofit Yankee Stadium with LED lighting prior to the beginning of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. The installation will position New York as the second MLB team to switch to LED lighting following the Seattle Mariners’ conversion at Safeco Field.

The announcement continues an ongoing commitment to promoting sustainability by the Yankees. In addition to the planned switch to LED lighting, New York has also embraced renewable energy, composting, water conservation practices, and sustainable purchasing as part of its comprehensive attempt to reduce the environmental impact of hosting games. For its efforts, the Yankees organization was awarded the 2015 Environmental Leadership Award by the Green Sports Alliance.

“We are always looking for better ways to conserve natural resources at Yankee Stadium and are thrilled to be able to partner with GigaTera and PLANLED to install state-of-the-art LED field lighting at our venue,” Doug Behar, Yankees Vice President of Stadium Operations, said at the time of the announcement. “These new lights will not only help us reduce our carbon footprint, but they will showcase all of the world-class events that take place at Yankee Stadium in the most pure and natural lighting that currently exists.”


Read the full article here.

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