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New Report From USGBC, LEED In Motion: Venues

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Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its “LEED in Motion: Venues report”, which highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers, and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification.

“The scope and scale of the venues industry is enormous, and the leaders creating these spaces have an important role to play in reducing environmental impact,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO of USGBC. “By incorporating green practices, venues around the world are positively impacting their triple bottom line — people, planet, profit — while inspiring and educating others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.”

Venues are large contributors to the U.S. economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of conventions and events is expected to expand by 44% from 2010 to 2020 — outpacing the average projected growth of other industries. Annually, the top 200 stadiums in the U.S. alone draw roughly 181 million visitors, and roughly 60 million people worldwide attend a consumer or industry trade show. Waste Management estimates that the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL generate a combined 35,000 metric tons of CO2 each year from their fans’ waste. The convention and trade show industry, one of the largest global contributors to waste, produces an estimated 60,000 tons of garbage each year.

Read the full story here.

Sports Facilities, Water And Energy Opportunities

Facility Executive

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It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, the location the championship match up between New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month. That stadium facility has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel, and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves. Now, think about the impact that low-flush toilet could have.

A new report released by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways sports venues throughout the U.S. can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, “Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues”, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place.

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Edmonton Oiler Andrew Ference to Head up Alberta Sports Development Agency

By The Canadian Press

Government of Alberta

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference is taking on a new role helping Alberta athletes.

Ference has been named chairman of Alberta Sport Connection, a provincial agency that promotes sport development from the grassroots to the elite level.

Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement at an event in Calgary.

Notley also announced a new board of directors for the agency, including former Olympic bobsledder Helen Upperton.

Upperton currently works with the Canada Olympic Committee.

Ference, who is 37, has not played for the NHL Oilers this season due to a hip injury and has said he expects his pro career is finished.

Alberta Sport Connection Board

Chair – Andrew Ference (Edmonton)

Ference was a professional hockey player for 17 years and has been involved in a number of grassroots fitness programs in Boston, and Edmonton where he founded and currently leads November Project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance.

Read the full story here.