The Sacramento Bee
By Ryan Lillis
Photo from the The Sacramento Bee.
Golden 1 Center is officially the “greenest” arena in the country.
The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday that their new downtown arena had been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, “the highest level of global recognition for environmentally conscious buildings and organizations.” The team said Golden 1 will be the first indoor arena to achieve that status.
“Our hope in creating Golden 1 Center was to help drive meaningful change in our community – which includes working to curb climate change and promote renewable energy,” Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadive said in a statement.
LEED Platinum is given to projects that meet strict standards in energy use, water efficiency, transportation impacts and the materials used in construction.
Golden 1 Center will be powered during the day by solar panels on the building’s roof. A new 11-megawatt solar farm built by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District on its Rancho Seco property in partnership with the Kings will generate the power to offset electricity used at the facility during evening events. Hangar doors above the arena’s main entrance can open, allowing cool Delta breezes to fill the building.
The LEED stamp of approval also takes into account how the arena was constructed. Nearly all of the construction materials from the former Downtown Plaza were recycled when the mall was demolished, and more than a third of the materials used to build the arena were from recycled sources.
The Kings also plan to source 90 percent of the food and drink concessions from businesses and farms within 150 miles of the arena.
The arena will also host next year’s Green Sports Alliance, a prestigious meeting of sports executives focused on environmental standards for sports facilities.
By Business Wire
Musco’s custom designed optics improve visibility for players and spectators, while reducing energy consumption by 62 percent. (Photo: Musco Lighting)
On Sunday, September 18th, Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions – unveiled an energy-efficient LED lighting system provided by Musco Lighting for the Lions’ first regular season home game against the Tennessee Titans.
“The new LED lighting at Ford Field not only improves the guest experience in terms of clearer sightlines, but allows for greater lighting flexibility for all stadium events,” said Todd Argust, Detroit Lions Vice President of Operations. “Additionally, the new system uses a third of the energy in comparison to the previous lighting.”
Ford Field opened its doors in 2002 as a multi-purpose venue used for Lions home games, concerts and premier sporting events ranging from the Super Bowl to hosting college hockey’s Frozen Four and college basketball’s Final Four. The venue needed a solution that had the customization to meet the unique needs of all events, while reducing energy consumption, improving light quality and enhancing the entertainment experience at the stadium. Those needs will be met with several benefits offered with the installation of Musco’s SportsCluster Green™ LED system:
- Visibility – Delivers precisely controlled light on the field with customized optics, preventing light from shining into the eyes of players and spectators
- Special Effects – Interfaces with a DMX control board for special effects to provide fans with the latest in sports lighting entertainment
- Efficient Controls – Provides instant on/off capabilities and dimming controls for the light output to be adjusted when full power of the system is not required
- Superior Broadcasts – Eliminates the “flicker” effect during slow motion replay
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By Lew Blaustein
Sir Ben Ainslie and Leilani Münter discuss pre-race tactics in advance of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Chicago in June. (Photo credit: HarryKH/Land Rover BAR)
Eco-athletes—sports figures who take on environmental issues—are a rare breed as compared to athletes who get involved with causes like cancer, domestic violence, and, increasingly, racism. There are several oft-cited reasons: environmental topics can be overly complex; the political nature of “green” issues can be daunting to some athletes; and the relative lack of financial muscle behind environmental causes means athletes often look to those that are better funded.
But there are athletes who, despite the obstacles, take a strong stand on behalf of environmental issues. Two such eco-athletes, Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper of Land Rover BAR, Britain’s challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, and Leilani Münter, the self-described “Eco, Vegan, Hippie Chick with a race car,” met up at an America’s Cup prep race in Chicago in June. They shared the challenges and opportunities around making their sports and teams more sustainable; why sustainability, the environment and climate change resonate with them; and how they can potentially learn from each other.
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