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Denver Broncos Stay Safe During Winter Training Thanks to New Ice-melt Solution

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The football team’s headquarters say goodbye to granular salt deicers and hello to a better alternative.

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The UCHealth Training Center is the corporate headquarters of the Denver Broncos, where the team trains six to seven days a week. (Photos: Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos Team Photographer)

Brooks Dodson is the Director of Sports Turf & Grounds for The Denver Broncos Football Club and that is no small feat. He is responsible for approximately 26 acres of property at The UCHealth Training Center—the corporate headquarters of the Denver Broncos.

Therefore, when winter rolls around, he is the one responsible for the highly valued football stars’ safety, players who cannot afford any slip-and-fall accidents and sit out the entire season. Add to that mix the amount of media, staff and fans that visit the property and come through the center’s doors—and walkway safety is a must.

“Getting everyone in/out and around the facility safely is our responsibility, and we take that seriously.  We don’t want anyone hurt,” said Dodson.

As a result, every year, Dodson’s facility staff would bring out the calcium chloride—various salt deicers—and apply it with a spreader or a cup to prevent slippery walkways. However, the rock-salt product residue would be dragged indoors, damaging carpets, tiles and concrete in and around the buildings.

“When you are handling or spreading bags of ice melt … you can smell it and if the wind is wrong it’ll get in your mouth and you can taste it. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not putting that type of stuff in my body,” he added.

Dodson decided it was time to seek out a more environmentally friendly product—in the form of a liquid.

He attended the Sports Turf Managers Association tradeshow last winter and found just that in Entry. Entry ice melt is a liquid deicer based on potassium formate, a cleaner alternative to chloride-based salts, derived from formic acid, an organic acid produced locally by BASF Corp. in Geismar, Louisiana. Formate salts are less corrosive and have a lesser impact on surrounding flora, which makes them both more plant and pet friendly. Entry breaks down hydrogen bonds formed when water freezes. As a result, once the product is sprayed, it removes thin layers of ice and snow, and prevents new snow from accumulating or icing. Entry reduces the freezing point of water to approximately minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

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3 Athletics Buildings Score LEED Platinum for Green Building Excellence

CU Boulder Today

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Three CU Boulder buildings that were part of the recent Athletics facilities upgrades, including the net-zero-energy Indoor Practice Facility, have been awarded LEED Platinum status by the United States Green Building Council.

The 212,000-square-foot Champions Center, the 109,000-square-foot Indoor Practice Facility (IPF) and extensive renovations to the Dal Ward Athletic Center were all included in the Athletic Department project, which was completed in 2016. The latest LEED recognition brings to 25 the total number of CU Boulder buildings certified LEED Gold or better, including 10 LEED Platinum, either for new construction or major renovations.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, with certification ensuring electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthy work environments. There are four levels of certification, with Platinum being the highest.

“Achieving LEED Platinum for a project of this magnitude is a testament to the work and collaboration of several campus departments and partners,” said CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety David Kang. “Athletics has been a key driver of campus efforts to be a leader in sustainability, and this project is a shining example of that.”

Construction of the Champions Center provided a new home for CU Athletics administration, the football program, Olympic sports, the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center and the Champions Club. The climate-controlled IPF includes a full football field and a six-lane, 300-meter track that is utilized by nearly every sport. The Dal Ward upgrades, meanwhile, included locker rooms and a new weight room for CU Olympic Sports, new spaces for the Herbst Academic Center and the Touchdown Club Room. The Champions Center and Dal Ward construction also included the addition of a pair of premium seating areas at Folsom Field.

“These state-of-the-art facilities have proven transformational to the success of our Athletic Department,” said CU Boulder Athletic Director Rick George. “We’re proud that sustainability was at the forefront in the way they were built and how we use them every day.”

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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.

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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.

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