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Oracle Arena Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

September 17th, OAKLAND, CA – AEG Facilities managed Oracle Arena announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

38_OracleArena_FloorLogo“Ensuring that we have a positive impact on the Oakland/ Alameda County community and our environment is extremely important to us” said Krystle von Puschendorf, Sustainability Programs Manager for Oracle Arena, “We are proud to have achieved LEED certification and are dedicated to running an environmentally friendly operation here in Oakland.”

To become LEED certified Oracle Arena made a number of impactful environmentally friendly upgrades throughout the venue, for example, replacing all 30% recycled paper with 100% recycled paper and using all 100% post-consumer recycled paper products in restrooms. Additionally Oracle Arena created recycling stations throughout the office for e-waste, installed low flow aerators for water conservation, partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel, implemented ORBIO Sc-5000 which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create a cleaning solution versus using chemicals, retrofitted the arena, replacing all arena lighting with low energy fixtures and lamps as well as motion sensors in key areas to provide energy savings of more than $80,000 a month.

“It’s been a goal of AEG Facilities to achieve LEED Certification for Oracle Arena with the enthusiastic support of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board” said Chris Wright, Vice President and General Manager, “we are constantly looking for ways to make our operation more eco-efficient and will continue to identify future projects that are in line with our goals.”

Oracle Arena achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like AEG Facilities Oakland, Oracle Arena are addressing it through local solutions.”

About Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum
Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, managed by AEG Facilities, are the premiere sports and entertainment complexes in Northern California. Home of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics as well as host to concerts, family shows and special events. Additional information on Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, including a complete schedule of events can be found online at www.coliseum.com.

University of Colorado Expands Sports Sustainability Projects

As part of its campus-wide sustainability efforts, the University of Colorado introduced several new projects in conjunction with the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program introduced in 2008. The projects, aimed at engaging fans and encouraging environmentally friendly practices, were first revealed during the Buffaloes’ September 12 home football opener against Massachusetts.

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Among the new initiatives are the Bring Your Bottle Back to Life campaign, organized in partnership with PepsiCo. The program, part of a broader goal to achieve a 90 percent recycling rate on the CU campus in Boulder, will distribute free T-shirts made from recycled plastic fibers into the crowd at Folsom Field after every Buffaloes touchdown. The university is also implementing a drive to promote the use of non-motorized transportation and public transportation to arrive at the stadium for gamedays, as well as providing opportunities for fans to pledge their own water conservation efforts at the same time that CU works to balance its water footprint through restoration projects aimed at replenishing 10 million gallons to Colorado watersheds.

“We want to reward our sustainability-minded fans and build a stronger community culture around sustainable practices,” said CU athletic director Rick George about the expanded sustainability focus. “We’re asking our fans to raise their games at home, work and play.”

 

 

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Hops committed to recycling, sustainability

Ron Tonkin Field is one of the most eco-friendly ballparks in Minors

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As a Minor League Baseball™ team on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices are second nature. The lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest is one of recycling, reusing and reducing, and the Hillsboro Hops do everything they can to contribute to the sustainability of their ballpark, surrounding communities and the state of Oregon.

Consider Ron Tonkin Field: the home of the Hops. The stadium was constructed in 2013 and is one of the most eco-friendly ballparks in the country. As the facility was being built, more than 57 tons of general construction debris was salvaged and recycled. An additional 77 tons of concrete and masonry were taken to a local facility to be crushed for structural fill. The foundation of the ballpark itself is based in sustainability.

Another key component of the Hops’ green initiative is the ballpark’s artificial turf field. The amount of water it takes to keep natural grass healthy, not just during the season, but also during the off-season, is enormous and is avoided altogether with our artificial turf. All bathrooms, showers and kitchens at the facility also use low-flow water conservation systems, to significantly reduce the amount of water used.

The building features recycling bins around the concourse, as well as receptacles for compost and landfill. Anyone who has been to a baseball game is aware of the amount of cans and plastic bottles that are used at the event, and it is important to provide an efficient means of disposal for those materials. Ron Tonkin Field also encourages fans to bring in reusable water bottles that can be filled up at any of the water fountains lining the concourses.

With thousands of people filling the stands at Ron Tonkin Field at every Hops home game, transportation is also an issue. The stadium faces the challenge of being outside the immediate proximity of a public transportation system. To resolve the issue, the Hops offer a complimentary, eco-friendly Hops shuttle to and from Ron Tonkin Field from the closest Tri-Met train stop. Fans and gameday employees use both the train and shuttle and help take cars off the road.

The communities of the Pacific Northwest are passionate about the environment, and it’s important for the local professional baseball team to reflect the practices of its community whenever possible. We wanted to construct a facility that would provide fun for our fans and citizens while also remaining in line with the core values of the local community. We’re proud of Ron Tonkin Field and the greening of our ballpark.

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