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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 […]
Eco friendly cleaning alternatives with environmentally friendly ingredients are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality and will improve the well-being of the staff and patrons of the facility. Using green cleaning products will help avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions. Cleaning agents can be bioactive with consequences ranging from mild to severe. Green cleaning is an approach to redress or address the problems associated with traditional cleaning agents and lessen the environmental impacts. Conventional cleaning products pose risks such as chemical burns to the cleaner’s skin and eyes. Green cleaners aren’t corrosive and meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, combustibility and skin absorption and thus are safer to use. Benefits: Environment of arena Safer to use Better air quality / less pollution Savings: Less chemicals used and applied in arena Short and long term health risks from exposure
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 […]
Both live and dead rodents can spread infectious diseases and parasites. While rodenticides are an efficient means of rodent control, there are a number of alternative methods of control rather than poisonous chemicals. Every method chosen needs to be backed up with prevention measures to deny rats and mice food and access to shelter, making sure they cannot return. In choosing a rodent control method this should be considered: the scale of the infestation; the competence of the person carrying out the job; the risks to other people, pets and wildlife. Benefits: Poison-free rodent control Money savings Savings: Chemical savings Web resources: BC Government: Managing Rodent Pests Health Link BC – Getting rid of rodents Humane Solutions CatchData Reports
Painting the ice with an environmentally friendly, reflective and thermally conductive white reduces refrigeration costs by reflecting radiant heat energy away from the skating surface and creates a healthier environment for skaters. If the slab were the colour of dark sand or grey concrete, the heat and light energy would be more readily absorbed and would have to be removed by the ice plant. Reflecting light back into the rink also reduces the amount and number of lights required to provide adequate illumination, for further energy savings. Choose ice surface paints designed to be thermally conductive. This reduces the heat transfer through the ice and help conserve energy. Benefits: Safer environment for skaters Hydro savings Savings: Reduces the refrigerant load by five to 15 per cent compared to “dark ice.” Web resources: Manitoba Hydro: Energy Efficiency Guide for Municipal Recreation Facilities, page 42 Metro Vancouver: Managing Waste Water Pools and Rinks
Despite having already traveled tens of thousands of kilometers on a car, recycled rubber is given new life as it is transformed into an ever-growing number of innovative products. Floor mats made from reclaimed rubber can be used to stop slips in the common areas of skating arenas. Benefits: Durable recycled tire rubber doesn’t harden or crack when the temperature dips Using recycled material offers a viable way to dispose of rubber products Savings: Cost savings Conserves non-renewable petroleum Less energy used in the production process, Web resources: Re-think tires: Coming to an ice rink near you