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Grass Not the Only Thing Green in Modern Stadiums

By Dawn Yankeelov

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, will be able to prevent 680,000 gallons of untreated rainfall to reach the sewers. Credit: istockphoto.com/MarilynNieves

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, will be able to prevent 680,000 gallons of untreated rainfall to reach the sewers. Credit: istockphoto.com/MarilynNieves

Hot summer days lead us into stadiums that showcase some of the most important building construction leaps forward in recent years, from green construction practices to energy-efficiency, and now a test bed for solar technologies.

The Green Sports Alliance just announced a partnership to synthesize and review the “green data in June 2018 with Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted sustainability software for the built environment. More than 5.5 billion square feet of commercial property valued in excess of $1.5 trillion in 70 countries use their software to manage, benchmark and report sustainability performance.

The sports culture has embraced sustainability and green construction for more than a decade and made a big splash in revealing their practices visible to spectators. More than 73 million fans turn out to stadiums each year, moving in environments noted for their sophistication in water management, heating and cooling technologies, modular construction and even solar photovoltaics.

The U.S. Department of Energy, working with the National Institute of Building Sciences, funded a 2017 66-page report – Taking the Field –on stadiums. Green building rating programs, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), allow owners, operators and designers to think holistically about implementing sustainable design and operations practices. To date, 80 venues have comported to a LEED standard, according to the report. Key agencies in the federal government that have engaged the sports communities and stadiums include the U.S. Department of Energy, the State Department and the EPA.

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Māori Public Health Org Wants Healthier Food Policies at Sports Clubs

By Eden More

Lance Norman, Hapai Te Hauora Photo: SUPPLIED/Hāpai Te Hauora

Lance Norman, Hapai Te Hauora Photo: SUPPLIED/Hāpai Te Hauora

New Zealand’s largest Māori public health organisation is backing new research from the University of Otago to take bold action against the obesity crisis.

The research says two-thirds of food sold at rugby and netball games is considered unhealthy, undermining the positive impact of physical activity.

The research shows that sugary beverages, chocolate, potato crisps and fried food are the most commonly available at sporting venues.

Hāpai te Hauora chief executive officer, Lance Norman, said they’ve worked with community groups for a number of years on this kaupapa or issue.

Last year Hāpai partnered with Aotearoa Maori netball to go ‘fizz free’ to encourage no fizzy drinks which is now standard for their future tournaments across the country.

“Our focus has always been on community-led initiatives because in our experience these provide the greatest engagement, and the most sustainable change.

“There’s no point just riding in and telling communities they’re doing things wrong and then putting the burden of change on them alone. There has to be financial and educational support behind these policies,” Mr Norman said.

They’re calling on minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson and the minster of health Dr David Clark to help sports clubs to implement healthier nutrition policies.

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Measurabl, Green Sports Alliance Announce Partnership to Elevate Sustainability in Sports Culture


The Green Sports Alliance, responsible for convening the sports greening movement, which brings together the sports industry and its sponsors and supply chains to affect and inspire action across environmental and social responsibility, announced today its partnership with Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted software platform for sustainability data management, benchmarking, and reporting.

Green Sports Alliance Members, including nearly 600 sports teams, venues, and fans from 15 different sports leagues across 14 countries strive to improve their environmental performance by reducing waste, conserving energy and water, and eliminating toxic chemicals, among many other ongoing initiatives. A shared platform to deliver consistent and accurate performance benchmarking was needed so these organizations could track their efforts and further integrate sustainability into their core operations – engaging fans and saving a substantial amount of money in the process.

“Our members are setting robust targets and constantly evolving their systems in place to help them understand and track their progress. Measurabl provides the visibility into data, while we provide the educational resources and the inspiration to help them act on the data,” says Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of Green Sports Alliance.

Through this partnership, the Alliance will work with Measurabl in its internal operations, offering members a single platform to track, measure and manage their organization’s impact, while also inspiring them through a peer benchmark score.

“Measurabl has given our Clubs the opportunity to track and archive vital building statistics in ways we didn’t think were possible,” said Paul Hanlon, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations & Sustainability, Major League Baseball. “We are looking forward to supporting both Measurabl and the Green Sports Alliance as they seek to revolutionize the conversation around sports and sustainability.”

Measurabl founder and CEO, Matt Ellis, says, “Our goal is to provide a solution that’s easy to use and trustworthy, so any building, stadium, or entire organization, like Major League Baseball, can achieve the insights and transparency needed to make strategic business decisions and advance their environmental, social, and governance agenda.”

Using the data captured, and in consultation with the Green Sports Alliance and sports venue operators, Measurabl is creating a first of its kind sustainability benchmark that accurately compares sports stadiums around the world, allowing them to evaluate individual performance relative to their peers.

The announcement of the partnership comes just in time for the 8th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit being held next week in Atlanta. This year’s theme is “PLAY GREENER™: Get in the Game” and will focus on taking action that encourages collaborative problem-solving to achieve sustainable change across the sports spectrum.

About Measurabl
Measurabl is the world’s most widely adopted sustainability software for the built environment. More than 5.5 billion square feet of commercial property valued in excess of $1.5 trillion spread across 70 countries use our software to manage, benchmark, and report sustainability performance. Learn more at http://www.measurabl.com.

About Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members now number nearly 600 organizations representing 15 leagues in 14 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

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