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Think about a typical ice rink and all the energy and resources it requires. There is the need for lighting, restrooms, locker rooms, concessions, heating, cooling and obviously the ice. The NHL has been working to reduce its environmental impact. Many of the same efforts can also be implemented at your local rink.
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Increasingly, Bay State towns – like many places nationwide – are debating costly plans to build new, or refurbish old, artificial turf fields, and sports enthusiasts who love the vivid-green fields for their durability and easy maintenance are bracing for new opposition from parents of budding soccer, lacrosse and football players about the safety of crumb rubber pellets.
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Long a symbol of water profligacy, some courses have been conserving for years. Others have not.
June 24-26, 2015, West Lafayette, Indiana
More information about the conference at http://nirsa.net/nirsa/institutes/collegiate-sports-sustainability-summit/
Deadline: March 6, 2015
This year’s agenda will be designed to bring together collegiate athletics staff, campus recreational managers, sustainability professionals, and recycling/facility managers together to identify ways to achieve common campus sustainability goals through sports and athletics, save money, foster better inter-departmental relationships, and increase recognition for your institution’s efforts.
Submit a proposal online.
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Millions of Americans across the country tuned into the big game a couple weeks ago, which was played for the first time under energy-efficient LED lighting. Why the switch? These lights use at least 75 percent less power than incandescent, saving the venue money on its energy bill and energy, which helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The NFL isn’t alone in its journey to fight climate change by becoming more sustainable. Last week we highlighted a number of leading sports teams, organizations, and venues across the industry who are taking action, including our work with greening collegiate sports though the Game Day Recycling Challenge and the collegiate sports sustainability summit. Recycling conserves vital resources, saves energy, and, in 2012, reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 33 million cars off the road for a year. Recycling also creates green jobs and provides essential resources. And during her recent visit to the X Games in Colorado, our Administrator Gina McCarthy, heard first-hand from athletes and the businesses that support them how they are working to protect their winters from climate change.
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But this week, in partnership with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Super Bowl XLIX, the first Reduced Waste Challenge is taking place at Super Bowl Central. That’s the 12-block area in the heart of downtown Phoenix where thousands will enjoy parties and live music.
The Super Bowl Central team is preparing the right way, by encouraging vendors, business owners and attendees to use recyclable materials, as well as reusable items such as take-home plastic cups and bottles. This means that there won’t be much waste to start with, and that makes all the difference.
They are also planning to turn food scraps into compost. Compost can be made from food or yard waste, materials that currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away. Composting creates organic material that can enrich the soil and help plants grow, keeping it out of landfills where it takes up space and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas.