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Dow Recognized by Green Sports Alliance for Climate Solutions Framework for Events



The introduction of a practical emissions mitigation framework for the Olympic Games, Rio 2016, has earned The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Michigan, a win of its own — the Green Sports Alliance’s Environmental Innovator of the Year award.

The Innovators of the Year awards from the Green Sports Alliance recognize and celebrate the best in sports and sustainability. The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play to inspire leagues, colleges, teams and fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and environmentally preferable practices.

Working with Naturebank, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services, Dow created an innovative Climate Solutions Framework to encourage wider adoption of cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Framework provides event owners, in collaboration with partners, an approach to quantify and mitigate the impact of events while leaving a positive legacy through the adoption of innovative low-carbon technologies.

“This is a welcomed acknowledgement of the impact Dow’s Climate Solutions Framework delivered at the intersection of science and sport,” said Louis Vega, Dow’s Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions and President of Australia & New Zealand. “Dow’s portfolio of sustainable solutions enabled industries to do more with less, switch to lower-carbon energy sources and conserve energy through more efficient solutions. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 was the benchmark for partnerships in how a global sport catalyst can be a facilitator for change.”

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LA 2024 Announces Annual Green Medal Awards Sports Sustainability Contest

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LA 2024 today announces a national annual sports sustainability contest called the LA 2024 Green Medal Awards to encourage American sports teams, leagues, universities, venue operators and other sports organizations to adopt cutting-edge sustainability practices throughout the build-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The LA 2024 Green Medal Awards will be officially unveiled on Wednesday at the renowned Green Sports Alliance Summit inside the Sacramento, California, Golden 1 Center – the world’s first LEED Platinum indoor sports venue. If LA is chosen to host the Games, LA 2024 would work with industry leaders to develop the rules, process, and prizes for the LA 2024 Green Medal Awards. The Awards would be held annually during the years preceding the LA Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Olympic Agenda 2020’s Recommendation 4 calls for including sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games, whilst Recommendation 5 concerns embracing sustainability within the Olympic Movement’s daily operations. The announcement of the Green Medal Awards demonstrates LA 2024’s commitment to delivering a truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games while using the Games’ unparalleled platform to inspire long-term adoption of sustainable sports practices.

LA 2024 has a comprehensive sustainability program that starts with its vision of “radical reuse” – using LA’s existing world-class venues and not building any new permanent venues. This is a unique achievement that by itself would make LA 2024 the Greenest Games in history. LA 2024 is also committed to hosting zero waste, water accountable, and energy positive Games.

LA 2024’s Executive Director of Sustainability and Legacy Brence Culp said: “LA 2024 is committed to delivering a truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games. With no new permanent venues to build, LA 2024 is able to focus on not only producing the Greenest Games in history, but inspiring others to follow suit. The LA 2024 Green Medal Awards will tap into the competitive spirit of sports venue operators, leagues, and teams to encourage and incentivize sustainable practices nationally and internationally.”

AEG’s Vice President of Energy and the Environment John Marler said: “AEG is thrilled that LA 2024 is leading the charge in promotion of sustainable sport. LA is always on the edge of ‘what’s next,’ and that includes environmental leadership. Through the Green Medal Awards, LA 2024 will energize the industry, leagues, and others to invest in innovative green solutions.”

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IU Natatorium Earns Environmental ‘Innovator Of The Year’ Award

By Brad Davis

Photo: J.D. Gray

Photo: J.D. Gray

The Indiana University Natatorium swimming complex and Office of Sustainability are receiving national recognition for holding the first ever zero-waste Olympic event. The Green Sports Alliance is naming the facility on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus one of its Environmental Innovators of the Year.

In order to become a zero-waste venue, 90 percent of all waste from the facility must be recycled or composted. The Natatorium is the first zero-waste sports facility in Indiana.

The venue played host to the 2016 Olympic Diving Trials last year, making it the first Olympic event at a zero-waste facility.

“The most pivotal thing that you have to address is the waste that you’re actually providing people to generate in facility,” says Director of IUPUI Office of Sustainability Jessica Davis. “If you don’t address that as an organization and try to eliminate the products that people would throw away then you’re going to have a very difficult time achieving zero-waste.”

The Natatorium underwent a $20 million dollar upgrade before last year’s diving trials. Lighting renovations resulted in 43 percent less energy usage, and new filtration systems in the competition and diving pools reduced water and filtration energy by 65 percent and 25 percent respectively.

Davis says the next step is spreading zero-waste to professional sports venues as well.

“We’re hoping to tap into that sort-of mainstream American sports culture and really use it to push the sustainability movement,” she says.

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