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GSP helps World Parks Congress be free of Bottled Water

GSP helps World Parks Congress be free of Bottled Water | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

World Parks Congress are putting in a lot of effort behind the scenes to ensure minimal event production waste, and are working closely with the venue, exhibitors and catering outlets with the help of GreenShoot Pacific.

 

One initiative which is being taken up enthusiastically by delegates right now at WPC is saying no to pre-packaged water and using the water refill stations – and the water is sourced directly from Sydney Water mains.

 

To find out more about the WPC sustainability program, visit www.worldparkscongress.org/about/sustainability.html

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Yingli's World Cup goals include solar 'legacy'

Yingli's World Cup goals include solar 'legacy' | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

Football is without question the world's most popular sport with the broadest population base of fans throughout the world, which allows us to make a bigger impact on...

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Honeywell Green Fuel Powers World Cup Flights

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced from UOP’s renewable jet fuel process will power 200 commercial flights on GOL Airlines during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the company says.


The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel was made from inedible corn oil and used cooking oil. Each flight will use a blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel with petroleum-based jet fuel. UOP supplied nearly 92,000 liters of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel for the flights.

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Greening the World Cup ... what is the legacy?

Greening the World Cup ... what is the legacy? | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
The 2014 World Cup underway in Brazil has fallen short of its lofty environmental goals. But its legacy could be a shift in how global sporting events address social injustice.


RIO DE JANEIRO – It was supposed to be the "Copa Verde," a celebration of the greenest World Cup ever, in the country that's home to the Amazon, ranked first in biodiversity, vital to how the world responds to climate change. 


Instead, the "Green Cup" has become a flash point for social injustice. And while it's proving environmentally unsustainable on several levels, the lasting legacy of the 2014 World Cup may ultimately be a shift in how future global sporting events are marketed and built.

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College Arenas Switch to LEDs from Ephesus Lighting

College Arenas Switch to LEDs from Ephesus Lighting | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
College sports venues at Ohio University, Union College and the University of British Columbia have switched to LED lighting systems from Ephesus Lighting. Ephesus LED lights reduce power consumption by an average of 70 percent and generate 90 percent light output for 10 years, says the company. The Ohio University Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio   ...Continue Reading
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Fun, Green Ways to Celebrate the World Cup - Huffington Post UK

Fun, Green Ways to Celebrate the World Cup - Huffington Post UK | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The World Cup is upon us and, with it, football mania is here again! Years of discussion, dilly-dallying and endless debate in the sports pages has been replaced with make-or-break decisions and top footballing action featuring some of the most talented players of all time. Not to mention the likes of Pele the Piranha, this tournament's favoured psychic sports pundit!


With the whole of the UK, and the world, getting involved there's plenty of things you can do to join in the fun.

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World Cup visitors can have their carbon footprint offset for free...

Individuals who scoretickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but worried that thejet travel required to get to matches will contribute to globalwarming can rest easy....

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Texas Company Turf Feeding Systems Brings Sustainability to the 2016 Rio

Texas Company Turf Feeding Systems Brings Sustainability to the 2016 Rio | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
The 2016 Olympics in Brazil will be sustainable. Turf Feeding Systems, a Texas company, will take part by reducing the use of water, fertilizer, chemicals, labor and energy on the golf course being built for the new golf competition, with the company’s fertigation system.
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NRDC's Guide to Composting at Sports Venues

NRDC's Guide to Composting at Sports Venues | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
Composting for sports organizations just got easier with the release of NRDC’s Guide to Composting at Sports Venues. This is the latest in a series of technically-informed ecological management tools provided by the NRDC Sports Project at no cost to...
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Greener Arena Network - Panel Discussion @ prolight & sound, 14 March 2014, Frankfurt.

Greener Arena Network - Panel Discussion @ prolight & sound, 14 March 2014, Frankfurt. | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
GreenShoot Pacific's insight:

Big venues such as arenas and stadia have a huge demand for energy and therefore a considerable impact on the environment. Many of those venues are aware of that and have already implemented environmental management schemes through their facility management. Nonetheless there is still a large energy saving potential to be adressed by means of changing behavioral patterns that so far remained largeley untapped.
 
In close cooperation with the EnergyAgency.NRW the Green Music Iniative launched the new"Greener Arena Network" which aims at understanding how this energy saving potentials can be adequately adressed. Together with representatives of stadia and arenas we already discussed perspectives on this approach in a first workshop in December 2013. A follow-up workshop will now be held on 3rd of April at Halle Münsterland to deepen our common understanding of the challenges, potentials and necessary next steps.

More background information on the Responsible Arena Network is available on our website.

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Companies can help advance human rights; Sochi shows they rarely use it | THE GUARDIAN

Companies can help advance human rights; Sochi shows they rarely use it | THE GUARDIAN | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The world will start watching the costliest Olympics in history today. And perhaps one of the most controversial.

The multi-billion pound prestige projects for the Sochi winter Olympics contrast violently with the exploitation of workers engaged in Olympic construction; allegations of the illegal dumping of construction waste threatening residents' health and safety; evictions and displacement of residents to make way for Olympic venues; and harassment of environmental and human rights activists and journalists who criticise Olympic preparations or the government's anti-gay policy.

Campaigns to raise these issues are making a difference. Putin's fumbling comments on the repression of gays in Russia shows they're having some impact. The German president has boycotted the games in protest of human rights abuses; so too has EU commissioner Viviane Reding.


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Sustainability & Sport - Musings and Ideas from Ann Duffy Group

Sustainability & Sport - Musings and Ideas from Ann Duffy Group | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

Censorship, corruption, environmental impacts, the threat of terrorism: these have been the focus of media reports on Sochi 2014, even in these final few days before the Opening Ceremony. 


Of course these stories are disturbing and disheartening.  Still, I can’t help feeling the stirring of excitement.  I remember so vividly the exhaustion, anxiety and anticipation of those final days leading up the Vancouver 2010.  I close my eyes and imagine the scenes in Sochi this week and I smile at the crazy excitement. 

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Snow Sports Recycling Program

The goal of this program is to fight global warming by working with specialty shops and suppliers to keep old equipment out of landfills through charitable donations or shredding it.
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How Sustainable Is the World Cup? - Alternatives Journal (blog)

How Sustainable Is the World Cup?
Alternatives Journal (blog)
A major sports tournament isn't delivering on its sustainability promises yet again – and the story won't change until the impact of international travel is addressed.
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New Home of SF 49ers to Use 85% Recycled Water

New Home of SF 49ers to Use 85% Recycled Water | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
Recycled water will account for roughly 85 percent of all water used in Levi’s Stadium — the new home of the San Francisco 49ers — and will be used for irrigation of the field as well as a 27,000-square-foot green roof, flushing toilets and cooling tower make-up water. Inside, the stadium is dual plumbed with recycled water used for flushing toilets.
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Soccer Under The Sun - Environmental News Network

Soccer Under The Sun - Environmental News Network | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is underway and off to a bright start. For the first time in the tournament's history, matches will be held in stadiums powered by solar energy.

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Pro-sports environmental initiatives: Will fans go green too?

Pro-sports environmental initiatives: Will fans go green too? | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

When we think of die-hard sports fans, many of us may sway towards images of stocky, meat-hungry jocks named Chad who like to crush beer cans on their foreheads after chugging one down. But one blog post on Time.com shows a different side to the pro-sports industry and its fans.

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Thanks to sport, a landfill site becomes one the heartbeat of the city of Sydney

Thanks to sport, a landfill site becomes one the heartbeat of the city of Sydney | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
For any city, welcoming the Olympics is a very important event. But, it is also an opportunity to improve the city's appearance and make it more welcoming by simply carrying out new urban developments and refurbishing some neighborhoods.
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Six World Cup Stadiums Achieve LEED Certification

Today, in conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that six World Cup stadiums have achieved LEED certification, including South America's largest stadium, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
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Sport for development: the power of football to create social change

Sport for development: the power of football to create social change | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The sport for development sector is not something nice and fluffy going on at the fringes of the serious business of football; it has the potential to create meaningful change

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FIFA World Cup Stadium (Brazil) Installs Solar Modules

FIFA World Cup Stadium (Brazil) Installs Solar Modules | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it
China-based Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, a photovoltaic module manufacturer, has supplied 1 MW of solar panels to Grupo Neoenergia of Brazil to deliver electricity to Arena Pernambuco, the site of five 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. The ground-mount system is located on 15,000 square meters of land next to the stadium. The project contains more   ...Continue Reading
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Are the Olympics a Modern Plague?

Are the Olympics a Modern Plague? | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

Over the past few weeks, reading through the atrocities committed in the name of this global competition brought to mind an apt metaphor for the Olympics. To me, they seem almost like a biblical plague of locusts. They swarm periodically – currently every other year – consuming everything in their path. But the difference is that a locust plague doesn’t permanently devastate the landscape.It’s true that locusts eat crops and trees, but the insects are themselves edible, and the excrement they leave behind enriches the soil for years to come (like a forest fire). The Olympics don’t compare. In most places the Olympics swarm, they consume parkland, homes and communities, and replace them with concrete scars in the form of stadiums and hotels that rarely find much use after the horde of tourists depart. There has to be a better and more sustainable way to design the Olympics.

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Sustainable stadiums for 2014 and beyond

Sustainable stadiums for 2014 and beyond | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

Launched on 15 August 2013, the programme has sought to improve its participants' knowledge and awareness of the sustainable management of football stadiums and other sporting facilities.


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Winter Olympics 2014: a missed opportunity to advance sustainability

Winter Olympics 2014: a missed opportunity to advance sustainability | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The Sochi Winter Olympics, which opens 7 February, was meant to bethe greenest Olympics ever. The budget was certainly there: Russia has doled out more than $51bn, an all-time record, to make the event happen.


Yet reports of serious environmental problems have been piling up for months. The UN and World Wildlife Fund have called out Russia overconstruction practices that damaged the region’s pristine natural ecosystems.

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Earth vs. the Super Bowl: America's high holiday of waste, by the numbers - Salon

Earth vs. the Super Bowl: America's high holiday of waste, by the numbers - Salon | Sports Sustainability | Scoop.it

The 48th annual Super Bowl is making a play to be “the most environmentally friendly yet.” And for those who’ve scored tickets, this may well turn out to be the case. Over at MetLife Stadium, event organizers are planting trees to offset carbon emissions and powering generators with biofuels. They’re collecting electronic waste in New York and New Jersey to help make a “positive environmental impact” on their host cities. They’re even serving local and organic concessions. Which will then be composted.


Those of us watching at home, however, are obliged to honor no such commitment to green living. On the contrary, it’s days like this — the biggest feast of excess this side of Thanksgiving — that tend to bring out the worst in us. Get three-fourths of America (that’s 181 million of us) together and in a celebratory mood, build up as much consumerist hypeas you can, and yeah, we’re going to be wasteful.


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Sustainable Event Alliance's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:28 PM

Interesting reflecton on the non-at-event impacts of mega events - the at-home party impacts.