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Sacramento Kings Honored for Industry-Leading Efforts to Combat Climate Change

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Beyond Sport Selects Golden 1 Center as Finalist for Sport for Climate Action Award 

Sacramento, CA – Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world, recognized the Sacramento Kings industry-leading effort to combat climate change and promote sustainability in California and around the world. The Kings were selected as one of three finalists for the Sport for Climate Action award.

“By creating a new model of sustainability at Golden 1 Center, we hope to inspire our fans, community, friends in sport and businesses around the globe to think deliberately about how we use our planet’s resources and reduce our impact on the environment,”said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé.

The Sacramento Kings have announced a series of unprecedented commitments to sustainability. Golden 1 Center, the Kings new home court, is the first entirely solar powered and LEED Platinum certified arena in the world, placing it in the top 3% of all buildings certified in the world. The venue’s industry-leading food program sources 90 percent of its ingredients and beverages from within 150 miles, enacted a 10-point charter that extends the team’s commitment to identify responsible sources, extend our educational reach into our culinary program, support local businesses, and take steps to mitigate hunger in the Sacramento region.

The arena’s design embraces energy saving innovations and creates opportunities for the team to educate fans about environmental awareness. Five massive hangar doors at the Grand Entrance bi-fold, allowing the arena utilize a regional, natural cooling phenomenon – The Delta Breeze – to circulate fresh air through the arena and save on energy use. The lower bowl features a one-of-a-kind displacement ventilation system which adjusts the climate at the fans’ level – under their seats – with low-volume, passive air that is more comfortable and efficient than typical forced, chilled air from above.

Other key sustainability accomplishments and programs for Golden 1 Center include:

  • The team’s new downtown home will reduce average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cut overall air emissions by 24 percent, and reduce travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent by 2020, as reported in a thirteen-month environmental impact analysis.
  • The first year-round, net-zero sports arena
  • A 30 percent reduction in energy use above California Title 24 code requirement
  • A 45 percent reduction in use over stringent California code
  • Over 12,000 pounds of usable food diverted to local food banks
  • Fan donated shoes recycled into the team’s court
  • 99% of demolition materials, nearly 101,000 tons, recycled and diverted from landfills
  • Partnerships with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Green Sports Alliance (GSA)

Winners of the Beyond Sports Global Awards will be announced at an award ceremony in New York City on July 26th.

Dikembe Mutombo is Here to Remind you Turn Off the Lights When You’re Not Using Them

By:  | USA Today

In the midst of the NBA playoffs, Dikembe Mutombo has a simple message: Go green.

The former star turned NBA ambassador is portrayed — along with Jason Collins, Felipe Lopez, and WNBA Legends Swin Cash and Ruth Riley — as an animated bobblehead as part of the NBA Green Energy All-Stars campaign in honor of Earth Day.

“It is very important to protect our environment and the NBA has been in the center of so many causes so this one is a great one,” he said.

Mutombo said he thought the bobblehead rendering brought back some fond memories of his early days in the league.

“When I came to the NBA in 1991 I remember when the league and the Denver Nuggets came out with a Dikembe Mutombo bobblehead. It was amazing. It was something that fans took a hold of,” he said. “So I think it’s going to have an impact to the way our fans are getting the message. I think the message will go directly to their minds.”

So what does Mutombo do everyday to help the environment?

Turning off the lights of course, using a timer to turn off lights around the house, switching the washing machine to cold wash instead of hot wash and turning off appliances when they’re not in use.

“When we’re not charging our phone everything (that it’s charged with) doesn’t have to be on,” he said.

Since we had Mutombo on the phone, we had to (jokingly) ask him: With the NBA draft lottery coming up, will there be any more tweets leading up to the big day that will spur the internet into a wave of conspiracy theories like last year’s?

He laughed.

“No! I’m not going to make that mistake that I did last year,” he said. “… Definitely I’m going to make sure that I keep my mouth shut and stay away from my phone, from Twitter, from my Instagram.”

See the story here.

WI Sports Center: New Arena Will Be ‘Smart, Connected & Sustainable’

Environmental Leader
By Jennifer Hermes

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ new Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center is being built with an eye to reducing the arena’s footprint, ensuring energy efficiency, and furthering sustainability. The Bucks have contracted with Johnson Controls to create the arena as a “smart building” that the organization says will be “the gold standard for a sports and entertainment facility.”

Johnson Controls – along with Mortenson Construction, ICON Venue Group and other subcontractors – will install smart building solutions that will be managed on a unified, intelligent infrastructure including HVAC, building automation, security, lighting, fire protection and information technology.

The Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center is a $524 million project, according to Sports Techie.

By incorporating technologies that lead to a more sustainable building, venues are reaping incredible savings in recent years. The Orlando Magic’s Amway Center, for example, saved almost $1 million a year, including about $700,000 in annual energy costs alone, because of LEED green building certification, according to a US Green Building Council (USGBC) report.

The Amway Center was the first NBA arena to earn LEED Gold certification using the LEED Building Design + Construction: New Construction rating system. The USGBC report says venues that incorporate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) into their buildings increase cost-savings, decrease annual operating costs and see a higher return on investment overall.

Last month, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcon’s new home, said it is “on target” to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Read the story here.

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