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Bright Outlook: Martinsville Fires Up New Lighting System

www.nascar.com
By Staff Report

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Let there be lights … at Martinsville.

The oldest track on the NASCAR circuit displayed its newest measure of modernization Wednesday evening by flicking on the LED lighting system installed over the offseason.

Yes, Martinsville social media manager, she most definitely looks swell.

The 2017 season marks the 0.526-mile track’s 70th anniversary. At the initial announcement in October, the track indicated the project will use an estimated 750 lights mounted from both inside and outside the track.

The lights provide a measure of insurance on those rainy days in Virginia. And while no formal night races for NASCAR’s three national series have been announced, drivers were asked about the prospect of such an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour this week.

“Martinsville night races? Sweet,” Joey Logano said when asked about that prospect. “Short track night races are tough to beat.”

See the story here.

Sacramento’s Golden Opportunity

by Jarah Wright
Arena Digest

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Construction continues as the Sacramento Kings’ new arena, the Golden 1 Center, looks to open in October, just in time for the 2016-2017 NBA season. According to the arena’s website, the project has encompassed four city blocks including the arena and the downtown commons area. Along with the arena, there will be 1.5 million square feet of additional development that includes office space, retail space, hotels, and residential units. There will also be a new state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, with the Kings teaming up with Kaiser Permanente.

The project has been innovative for several reasons: technology and sustainability. The Kings’ owner is tech mogul Vivek Ranadivé, so it’s no wonder that the Golden 1 Center will have as many bells and whistles as possible. In a report released in January, the Kings laid out their plans which included partnering with Comcast Business, Commscope, and Valley Communications to build more than 900 miles of fiber and copper cabling to enhance all communications and deliver data extremely fast with the Internet connection estimated to be 17,000 times faster than if you were at home.

Sustainability has been another aspect of this project with the new Golden 1 Center looking to earn a LEED-Gold certification, which is a rating system that measures the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The Golden 1 Center will be carbon and grid neutral and will be utilizing regionally sourced materials and only FSC-Certifed wood, an international standard of quality and responsible forest management.

According to the arena’s website, 100 percent of the arena’s energy will come from solar energy sourced within 50 miles of the arena. About 85 percent of the energy will come from the Sacramento Municipality Utility District via Rancho Seco Solar Array while the remaining 15 percent will come from the roof of the arena, where solar panels will be installed. The arena will also use a displacement ventilation system to reduce use of overhead fans and its food and beverage program will source 90 percent of the arena’s ingredients from producers within 150 miles. With all of the new green additions to the arena, the Golden 1 Center has been chosen to host the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Read the full article here.

Click here to register for the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento!

Formula E Join Forces With Green Sports Alliance

Formula E part of growing sustainability network

LONDON, UK (November 30) The FIA Formula E Championship has today announced its partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a prestigious organisation dedicated to promoting sustainability in the sports industry.

The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the development of better practices and solutions to environmental challenges in the sports industry. Its initiative aspires towards global participation of environmental stewardship including focussing on reducing waste output, conserving energy and embracing renewable energy, and eliminating toxic chemicals.

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As the world’s first fully-electric racing series, Formula E represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: “Formula E is proud of the collaborative nature in which leading world companies, both in and out of motor racing, have come together with a shared vision of promoting sustainability. We look forward to our shared co-operation with the Green Sports Alliance in the push to promote sustainable values.”

“Formula E is the only sport ever created specifically to advance an environmental mission, that is, getting car racing to shift away from its dependence on fossil fuels. In doing so, Formula E has captured the hearts and minds of environmentalists as well as racing fans throughout the world,” said Green Sports Alliance President Allen Hershkowitz. “I can think of no better alignment of purpose than the collaboration of Formula E and the Green Sports Alliance. We are delighted and honoured to have them as the newest member of our international sports greening coalition.”

Agag will join a panel of experts organised by Green Sports Alliance at COP21 in Paris in December to address representatives of European sports organisations, NGOs, government representatives and the public, to highlight the opportunities that sustainability in sports offers to the wider climate change effort. He will also be a keynote speaker at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, USA in June 2016.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com

 

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