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The scope of the world’s plastic problem is huge: it is estimated that up to 129 million tons (43%) of the plastic used per year is disposed of by landfill or incineration, and approximately 10 – 20 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans. The vast majority of these plastics today will never break down. Petroleum plastics may degrade into smaller pieces, but most won’t decompose or be absorbed by the surrounding environment. If you run a concession stand in your facility think about the amount of single-use plastics can be reduced or how the plastic packing could be replaced by durable bioplastics made from plant materials. This way energy and materials are conserved. Benefits: Reduce the amount of plastic that ends up being incinerated, remains in landfill, or pollutes oceans. Savings: Petroleum resource needed to make plastic Energy used to make the plastic Web resources: How sustainable are biodegradable and […]
Introducing a waste management system in the facility helps divert recyclable waste from going into the landfill. If plastic, for example can be re-used, it will reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials. This in turn reduces energy used, air pollution from the incineration and water pollution from going into lands. Recycling is a key method to reduce waste. Compost bins could be added for arena users to compost food and paper waste. Benefits: Diverting recyclable material from landfills Savings: Greenhouse gases Plastic and paper waste
Water is important when it comes to good health. Drinking an adequate supply of clean drinking water daily is crucial to helping your body function properly. Purchasing plastic bottled water is on the rise and this is taking its toll on the environment with vast amounts of plastic waste ending up in landfill, waterways and oceans. This is an environmental hazard with plastic bottles taking hundreds of years to biodegrade. Ice arenas can help promote sustainability by encouraging the public to refill reusable bottles as an alternative to purchasing bottled water on their bottle filling stations and drinking fountains. Those stations and fountains are ideal to provide convenient hydration with a rapid fill of filtered water to quench thirst. The best part is that they dramatically reduce the dependency on single-use plastics also reducing the amount of plastic waste going to landfill. Benefits: Reduce single-use plastic waste Savings: Plastic going to landfills, waterways […]
Arenas can appoint an internal representative to research, analyze and implement effective programs and operations processes to create greener arenas. Internal Energy Managers can assess current policies (e.g. recycling) and collaborate with stakeholders (e.g. utilities, local governments, user groups and environmental professionals, etc.) to make suggestions for sustainable green initiatives at their arena and can help to tap in into funding sources for efficiency upgrade equipment. Energy Managers can use information systems to track, manage, benchmark, and report energy, water, waste, emissions and other sustainability data. Information systems can be installed that include automated data exchange services that synchronizes utility and building data directly with the Energy Manager’s portfolio. Information systems enhance long-term value by increasing arena occupancy and revenue, reduce the risk of obsolescence, and strengthening user loyalty, all while reducing emissions to protect the environment. Benefits: Dedicated person that looks at the whole facility to leverage initiatives and reach […]