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NIBS Partners on Green Sports Alliance Summit

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Staff to Moderate Session on Making Stadiums Sustainable

Learn how to make stadiums and arenas high-performing at the upcoming Green Sports Alliance Summit, to be held June 27-29 in Sacramento, California, at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. With the theme “PLAY GREENER™: Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities,” the Summit will focus on bringing about positive environmental and social impact across the fan base and surrounding communities. Sessions will prepare green sports stakeholders to leverage their influence by collaborating with athletes and engaging fans and communities inside and outside of sports venues to create measurable and lasting change. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a community partner for the event.

Earlier this year, the Institute and the Green Sports Alliance released a report that looks at ways the nation’s sports venues 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. The Institute’s Presidential Advisor and Director of its Consultative Council, Ryan M. Colker, JD, will moderate a session that builds on those findings entitled “Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues.”

While new, innovative stadiums and arenas open each year, many sports venues tend to be older, less modern structures that require consistent upkeep and maintenance. Through the lens of sustainability, sports venue operators are developing strategies that enable them to “tune up” their stadium or arena in ways that encourage innovation, promote efficiency and preserve traditions.

During the Thursday, June 29 session, attendees will learn how existing venues ranging from more than one hundred years old to less than a decade are finding sustainable solutions to modernize venue operations. Speakers will highlight the obstacles they overcame, ranging from limited capital to challenging infrastructure, and the strategies used to achieve greater sustainability success. Join operators and partners from Wrigley Field, KeyArena, American Airlines Arena and Citi Field to learn more.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Pigozzi, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Stantec Architecture
  • Michael Dohnert, Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets, Citi Field
  • Ned Dunn, Assistant Director, Redevelopment/Capital Budget, Seattle Center
  • Dan Munn, Senior Principal / Energy + Engineering Global Sector Leader, DLR Group

See the full story here.

Summit Insider: Golden 1 Center, Home of the Sacramento Kings

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The Green Sports Alliance is thrilled to host our 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit June 27-29 at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings.

The Golden 1 Center is a LEED Platinum Certified professional indoor sports venue, running on 100% clean solar energy with delta breeze enhanced cooling and a low flow water recapture system.

Golden 1 Center Environmental Considerations:

  • Executive chef and restaurant partners source 90% of their ingredients from a 150-mile radius
  • Majority of beer, wine and spirits sourced within 150-mile radius
  • All leftover, edible food will be given to Sacramento Community Food Bank and Family Services via our Second That program, supporting over 200 local agencies
  • California Safe Soil will treat waste with organic enzymes and process in a giant food digester. It will be “digested” and then pasteurized, filtered and put back into the soil at local farms.
  • Leftover fryer oil, which is locally produced rice bran oil, will be converted to biodiesel by a local, family-run business

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Building on their “Farm-to-Court” philosophy, their mission is to build a one-of-a-kind, hyper-local food and sustainability program for a world-class sports and entertainment venue. And as a proud member of the Green Sports Alliance, the venue was an obvious choice of locale.

Come see this state of the art facility for yourself at the Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 27-29, 2017.

Early bird registration rates of $299 end January 31, 2017. Register today!

Golden 1 Center Wins GSB’s Best New Arena of 2016

By Lew Blaustein

Chris Granger, President of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. (Photo credit: Sacramento Kings)

Chris Granger, President of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. (Photo credit: Sacramento Kings)

Chris Granger, Sacramento Kings Prez, on Golden 1 Center Winning GSB’s Best New Arena of 2016

Golden 1 Center, the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the world’s first LEED Platinum arena, is the winner of GreenSportsBlog’s “Greenest New Stadium/Arena” of 2016. Kings President Chris Granger offered comments on behalf of the club.

Expectations are high these days for new stadiums and arenas these days from a green building perspective. Virtually all projects are built with some sort of LEED certification—the standard in green building and renovation as governed by the US Green Building Council—in mind.

Golden 1 Center, the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings surmounted the high green building bar. The host venue of the June 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit is the first arena in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the top level of certification available. Golden 1 Center most likely notched LEED points for:

Being both an indoor and outdoor space, featuring five massive hangar doors above the grand entrance that open and allow the arena to use a natural cooling phenomenon in Sacramento – The Delta Breeze – to efficiently control the building’s climate.
Powering itself solely by solar energy, with energy generated from rooftop solar and by plugging into the area’s “solar grid”
Going local as ninety percent of the food consumed at the arena is locally produced, much of it organic.
With this in mind, Golden 1 Center last week earned GreenSportsBlog’s GREENEST NEW STADIUM/ARENA designation for 2016.

In accepting the award on behalf of Golden 1 Center and the Kings, club president Chris Granger said in a statement that “Golden 1 Center is a shining example of how a sports team can think purposefully about how they use resources and minimize their impact. With over 1 million guests a year, we have a unique platform to educate and inspire our community, our partners, and businesses around the world to a higher standard of sustainability and preservation.”

Read the full blog post and interview here.