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2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit Kicks off Today in Santa Clara with the Release of NHL Sustainability Report

The 4th Annual Green Sports Alliance Summit kicked off today in San Francisco Bay Area. Over 600 attendees and representatives from over 80 professional and collegiate sports organizations have joined us to share and learn about successes and innovations in sports greening. We’re excited to get underway with a full docket of venue tours, workshops, keynotes, plenary panels and networking. Click here to check out the impressive program and speaker line-up.

Building past events, the 2014 Summit is once again an unprecedented gathering—uniting leaders from across the sports and sustainability industries as they work to create and implement innovative solutions to help green the sports industry. In addition to an informative and exciting conference program, the Summit features several special events and releases, like the one highlighted below, that illustrates and celebrates the success of the green sports movement.

National Hockey League Release Sustainability Report: League Emphasizes Its Commitment to Environmentalism

NHL Sust Report 

The NHL today announced the release of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first document of its kind produced by a major sports league in North America. The report highlights the numerous programs, benchmarks, and successes that have increased the overall sustainability of the League, Member Clubs, and their arenas. The report showcases NHL Green™, the comprehensive, high-impact environmental sustainability initiative that was established in 2010 by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to promote green business practices across the League.

Significant to the report is the disclosure of the League’s carbon footprint – approximately 530,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

“At the NHL, we recognize that we have great responsibility for the way we conduct our business, and we are uniquely positioned to promote the environmental message,” Commissioner Bettman said.  “Today, we join many of our business partners who have for years been documenting their emissions and making progress toward their own sustainability goals.”

2014 NHL® Sustainability report website: nhl.com/green/report 

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St. Louis Cardinals Show Economic Impact of Going Green

Two years after moving to the new Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals implemented their “4 A Greener Game” sustainability plan to mitigate the environmental impacts of hosting Major League Baseball games. Since 2008, the team has shown major improvements in reducing energy use and waste generation.

For the Cardinals, the biggest impacts have come in the form of reduced energy use. By switching to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for nearly all the lighting throughout Busch Stadium, St. Louis has cut its energy costs by 20 percent. They have also installed more energy-efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems throughout the ballpark.

In addition to energy savings, the team has also benefitted from policies that have diverted over 2,500 tons of waste from landfills through recycling and composting programs. In the process, the Cardinals have reduced solid waste output by 30 percent. They have also reduced water use at the ballpark by 10 percent.

“It’s keeping score, not only from an energy standpoint but from a dollar standpoint,” Cardinals vice president of stadium operations Joe Abernathy said. “If you won’t keep score, you’ll never know.”

Read the full article here.

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Atlanta Falcons Break Ground on New Stadium

Work has officially commenced on a new stadium projected to open in 2017 in Atlanta. With a $1.2 billion price tag, the 71,000-seat stadium designed by 360 Architecture will incorporate many high-tech features such as an innovative retractable roof and 360-degree video board. It will also utilize the latest in sustainable building practices to help reduce the environmental impact of the new construction.

Using the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines from the U.S. Green Building Council, the stadium continues a trend of sustainable stadium construction that has grown in the past decade in the United States. The stadium will serve as the home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

Read the full article here.

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