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‘Green Team’ Arsenal Plants 500-Tree Wood at Training Ground

By Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

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After switching to renewable energy through its partnership with Octopus, the 13-time English champion wants to cement its sustainable reputation through tree planting projects.

A wood of 500 trees will be planted by Arsenal Football Club at its London Colney training ground in a bid to enhance its reputation as the Premier League’s sustainability pioneer.

The first 100 trees of ‘Colney Wood’ have been planted by first-team players Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey, alongside two young fans. An additional 400 trees will be planted throughout the 2018/19 football season.

Last year, Arsenal planted almost 2,000 trees in 50 schools across the UK with the support of its energy partner Octopus, which provides renewable energy to all three of the club’s main facilities – its 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium, London Colney and Hale End youth development centre.

Octopus has been providing ‘green’ electricity to Arsenal since 2017, helping the club save seven million kilograms of carbon over that period – enough to fill the Emirates Stadium almost four times.

It has also installed a water recycling system at London Colney to reuse water that comes from the pitch, leading Arsenal to position itself as the “first Premier League team to go green”.

In its 10th year, Ralphie’s Green Stampede is Closer to Zero Waste Than Ever

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Fans attending home games at Folsom Field are used to composting and recycling at tailgates and inside the stadium. They may not realize with these simple acts they are playing a part in being “the greenest athletics program—college or pro—in the country,” said Dave Newport, CU Environmental Center director.

When Ralphie’s Green Stampede was founded in 2008, it made Folsom Field the first Zero Waste football stadium in the nation. This Homecoming weekend, the program is celebrating a decade of supporting Buffs fans in making sustainable choices inside and outside the stadium, while also continuing to pioneer a sustainable athletics program.

It was thanks to the energy and efforts of students and the receptivity of CU Athletics leadership that the partnerships that underpin Ralphie’s Green Stampede were born, according to John Galvin, director of stadium operations who works to keep Folsom Field “green” year-round.

“A successful Zero Waste program requires a team effort and numerous hours of collaboration from all partners. The staff, students and volunteers that support this project are incredibly passionate and are the reason I stay motivated in my position,” said Angela Gilbert, Zero Waste events manager, who works closely with Galvin and CU Athletics.

Sorting all of the waste after a game takes four to six hours overall, but is a critical part of the Zero Waste process.

“If the compost we send out is too contaminated, it gets rejected and has to go into the landfill,” Gilbert said.

By noon the day after the game, Folsom Field looks just as it did before game day.

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Solar Companies Can Score Big with Sports Venue Installations

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Vaha Energy’s installation for the Los Angeles Lakers UCLA Health Training Center. Credit: LG

Vaha Energy’s installation for the Los Angeles Lakers UCLA Health Training Center. Credit: LG

Solar contractors that can clinch sports venue projects get a great marketing advantage with the high visibility of these partnerships, but they’re often a considerable challenge even for the most seasoned installers due to aesthetic requests and massive energy consumption.

Vaha Energy learned this lesson firsthand on its installation for the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center. (This Clevelander had to suspend her grief on losing LeBron during this conversation.)

The building had a large, unobstructed flat roof that would’ve been perfect for solar panels. But Vaha couldn’t put panels on it, because the Lakers wanted to instead use that space for its logo.

“One thing with a sports team is everything is about branding and logos, so there was marketing value to them to put [the logo] there that, to my understanding, was worth more than the value of the power offset,” said Geoff Tomlinson, CEO of Vaha Energy.

The Lakers were after a LEED Platinum certification, a points-based green building rating system. Solar can add a considerable amount of points to a building’s tally.

Read the full article here.

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