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Forest Green Rovers Club Goes Carbon Neutral

Climate Action

Image source: Climate Action

Image source: Climate Action

A football team in England’s lower leagues is taking bold steps to become truly low-carbon and sustainable.

Forest Green Rovers, currently sitting in the fourth tier of English football, has signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.

The move makes the small football club the first in the world to make such a commitment.

It is the latest in the club’s transition to sustainability following its purchase by Dale Vince, owner of local green energy company Ecotricity.

As chairman, Mr Vince has driven forward a change to an all-vegan menu; building electric vehicle charging points; new solar panels on its stadium roof, and even installing a solar-powered lawnmower.

The club’s radical transformation into a green sports pioneer has not gone unnoticed outside of its hometown of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Last year, The Vegan Society accredited the club with its own trademark and it also beat Manchester United to win a sustainability in sport award from The Climate Coalition.

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FIFA Announce that World Cup Stadia Meet Green Standards

Australasian Leisure Management

Image shows the Kazan Arena.

Image shows the Kazan Arena.

All 12 stadia being utilised for the 2018 World Cup have achieved FIFA’s new environment sustainability standards.

Russia 2018 is the first edition of the World Cup to have green building certification as a mandatory requirement for all stadia under construction or renovation.

The aim of this requirement from world football’s governing body is to ensure that the construction and renovation of stadia are carried out in a more sustainable manner, and that their design considers key environmental and social concerns that will allow for more sustainable operation in the long term.

To comply with FIFA stadium requirements and as part of the wider infrastructure project for the 2018 World Cup Russia, a new standard was drawn up in 2016 by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and with the support of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) – RUSO.

The RUSO standard was developed solely for football stadium certification in accordance with the principle of ‘green’ construction.

FIFA said that nine of the 12 World Cup stadia were certified according to this new Russian standard, while the other three complied with the international Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) standard.

The three to have reached this higher standard are the Luzhniki Stadium and Spartak Stadium in Moscow and Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, which was first developed for the 2014 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOC-RUSO’s Head of Sustainability, Milana Verkhunova explained “achieving green certification for all our stadiums will have a big impact on their effective use in the long run, especially in regards to reducing expenditure on water and energy.

“This will be a game changer for sports infrastructure in Russia and a true legacy of the FIFA World Cup here.”

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Boomtime for Atlanta Sports Venues

By PanStadia & Arena Management

2018.07.19-Boomtime for Atlana sports-IMAGE

Atlanta is booming as a sports destination with a stunning new NFL stadium and baseball park already in operation, while a redeveloped NBA arena is set to open this autumn.

And the city hosted two major conferences this week, with hundreds of delegates attending the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) annual event and the Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Delegates at the ALSD’s Design & Build Forum heard how the Philips Arena is undergoing major renovations to turn it into a fabulous new venue for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Brett Stefansson, executive vice president and general manager, Philips Arena explained how the venue is being transformed.

“The arena opened back in 1999 and at the architect at the time thought it was a great idea to build what was essentially a giant wall of suites on one side of the building with premium seats down below that. It was innovative at the time, but doesn’t really fit with what today’s fans want from their experience.”

Steffanson said the ownership team looked into knocking the venue down and building a new one, but that it made a lot more financial sense to to go through a three-phase renovation project. He said:

“Phase One was a complete shut-down last summer and we did about $20 million worth of work. Phase Two was during the past season when we did another $20 million worth of work. We’re currently in Phase 3, which is $100 million worth of work and we’re currently shut down for the entire summer. We shut down in April and the building will come back over to us on October 16.

The overall project is a $200 million renovation involving gutting the entire building and building it back up. It’s a focus on technology, food & beverage and re-imaginging the fan experience.”

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