test
Blog Archives

A Slam Dunk for Sustainability

By Dan Munn, DLR Group

2017.08.15-NewsFeed-DLR Group-IMAGE

To close June on a sustainable note, I attended the Green Sports Alliance Summit 2017 in Sacramento, California, and joined the Make It Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues panel with leaders representing Key Arena, New York Mets’ Citi Field, and Wrigley Field. These sporting venues implemented sustainable, innovative solutions to modernize their iconic facilities. During our panel we shared challenges encountered during the design processes and how we overcame these barriers, ranging from budgeting to infrastructure. The final result of these American landmarks are energy efficient upgrades that reflect sustainable champions.

Solar Energy Brings the Heat
I spoke about DLR Group’s recent canopy design for NRG Energy at the Miami Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena, which created a sustainable, marketable space to replace a formerly low-traffic area. Our design centers on a vibrant skylight canopy that generates environmentally-friendly solar energy. The canopy is composed of 14 solar skylights producing approximately 34,000 kW/hour of energy per year and powers flexible hospitality stations, LED screens, advertising, and WiFi connections. A color changing LED system creates an energetic atmosphere, drawing people to this space. This upgrade maximizes the triple bottom line of fan engagement, sustainable operations, and increased revenue.

Smart Business
There have been many questions as to whether solar energy is a cost effective energy solution. Aside from an industry compound annual growth rate of over 60 percent in solar energy, the cost to install solar has dropped by more than 70 percent over the last 10 years.

Read the full story here.

 

It’s Overtime for Climate Change and Everyone Needs to Score

SportsBusiness Journal
By Vivek Ranadivé

As the heart of civic life, sports teams have a unique opportunity to be a leader in the environmental change movement. The greatest civilizations in the world have centered around large gathering places where people come together to talk, interact, enjoy sports and entertainment, and even engage in political debate. Today, sports venues are no different — they serve as the 21st century communal fireplace.

161024_AEC_G1C_0270_UPDATED-low res
When we set out to build the new Sacramento Kings arena in downtown Sacramento, we asked more than 20,000 Sacramentans what they wanted to achieve in their new arena, Golden 1 Center. Across the board the answer was: “To become a model of sustainability.”

And that is what we built. Our new arena achieves the highest sustainability standards, becoming the world’s only 100 percent solar-powered and LEED platinum-certified arena — putting it in the top 3 percent of all buildings scored by the organization.

By moving our arena downtown, we are reducing average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cutting overall air emissions by 24 percent, and by 2020, will have reduced travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent.

As the first-ever indoor/outdoor arena in the world, we’re able to take advantage of the region’s natural cooling phenomenon — The Delta Breeze — to control the building’s climate efficiently.

We built seven green outdoor walls totaling 4,800 square feet — covering two-thirds of the arena — as a living symbol of sustainability, installed low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the arena, which can save over 40 percent of a typical arena’s water consumption, and ensured 99 percent of our demolition materials from the construction of the arena — over 101,000 tons — were recycled and diverted from landfills.

Subscribe to SportsBusiness Journal for the full story.

Yale Athletics Attends the Green Sports Alliance Summit

Written by Yale Sustainability

Lindsay Crum and Kevin Discepolo presented at the Green Sports Alliance Conference

Lindsay Crum and Kevin Discepolo presented at the Green Sports Alliance Conference

Staff members from the Yale Office of Sustainability and Yale Athletics attended the Green Sports Alliance Summit held at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, June 27–29. Participation in the conference follows the launch of the Yale Athletics Sustainability Action Plan in 2016, exemplifying a continued dedication to implementing sustainable athletic programming at Yale.

The conference aimed to mobilize action toward positive environmental and social change across communities inside and outside of sports venues. Participants included university staff and faculty, professional sports teams, non-profit organizations, and sports leagues, among other sports-affiliated groups.

Lindsay Crum, Metrics and Program Manager at the Office of Sustainability, moderated and spoke on a panel, which included Kevin Discepolo, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, and Events; a representative from the University of California, Davis; and a representative from the University of Denver. Panelists spoke about the intersection of sustainability and athletics in collegiate sports.

“The conference reinforced the fact that Yale is on the right track with sustainability and athletics, but also reminded us that there is still plenty more to do,” says Crum. “It was an energizing experience, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to sustain this energy as we pursue more projects from the Athletics Sustainability Action Plan.”

In March 2016, the Yale Athletics Sustainability Task Force launched a Sustainability Action Plan that outlined opportunities for energy efficiency, waste reduction, land use efficiencies, and increased communications around sustainability efforts. One of the goals is for Zero Waste Game Days, wherein no litter remains after a game, and everything that is discarded is placed in the appropriate bin.

Read the full story here.

MEMBERS INCLUDE...
387
TOTAL MEMBERS
181
TEAMS
191
VENUES
15
LEAGUES