49ers Going Green Reply

The 49ers have challenged stadium designers to take a green approach in designing the new stadium set to break ground in early 2012 in Santa Clara, Ca.  “Thanks to the collaborative efforts with the EPA as well as ongoing support and input from numerous LEED-certified professionals working on the project, the stadium will incorporate photovoltaic panels, a Green Roof, excellent public transit access, convenient bicycle parking, walking path access from the San Thomas Creek Trail, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, sophisticated building control systems, recycled material, and long list of other sustainable design concepts” (49ers.com). Let’s take a closer at some the interesting  green features of the new stadium.

Leed-Certified

  • The 49ers have been working with the Environmental Protection Agency and LEED professionals to incorporate eco-friendly ideologies into the new stadium design.  What is LEED- certified “The LEED green building rating system — developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders — is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being” (NRDC.org)

Innovation

  • Designers plan to incorporate photovoltaic solar panels, innovative lighting practices, water conservation pluming fixtures and a “Green Roof” made of living plants. Alongside more conservative lighting, the stadium will implore more efficient practicing in use. Lights will be specifically targeting the field as to make the most of the energy that is being used. The transit system incorporated in the stadium will help reduce traffic on the roadways, provide easier access for public transit to games. In turn, reducing carbon emissions in the area.

Business & Possible revenues

In referring back to my earlier post, Balance Your Business Scorecard, The 49ers are an excellent example of taking active steps to incorporate conservation into their thriving business.

  • “Supporters claim that the stadium and 1.7 million square foot mall would create 6,500 permanent jobs and up to 3,000 seasonal jobs. They forecast $400 million in annual sales at the mall” (Football.ballparks.com).

In imploring all the above tactics into the new stadium, the 49ers are making a conscious effort to build their brand and business in a conservative and ethical method. Other efforts such as recycling place the 49ers in a new league of companies using conscientious strategies to streamline efficiencies within both the business world and the environment they too are a part of.

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One Room + 4 Green Tricks = Lower Cost Reply

At a glance, lowering costs can seem overwhelming. However by taking it step by step, we can reduce costs with only a few simple techniques. Let’s look at 4 easy green tips for a more efficient and eco-friendly room or workspace.

Power Consumption

In referring back to my earlier post, 3 Easy Tips to Reduce Your Footprint (The 3 P’s Method), our personal power consumption habits may be contributing to higher costs over time. Remember, we never think to unplug power cords like cell phone chargers and computer cords when we’re not using them. Unfortunately, many still draw energy regardless of whether anything is plugged into them or not.  Turn off the lights, the television, & computer  if you’re not actively engaged in these activities.  Even if it’s for only 5 minutes, it’s still a worthwhile practice. 

Lighting 

Upgrading your lights is one of the eaisest ways to lower your power bill (EnergyStar.gov). In turn, upgrades  can be made by using energy star lights bulbs. Overall they reduce heat, lower power consumption, last longer, and ultimately save costs over the long-term. In fact “if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars” (EnergyStar.gov). Heighten your awareness, and look for the energy star lable when you shop. This label is not just for light bulbs, with many other office and home products earning the right to bear this label.

Recycling

Add another trash can under your desk for aluminium and glass bottles. Do the same for paper. Accordingly,if  it’s under your desk or counter space it won’t be an eye sore or hinderance of organization. Let’s face it, the easier it is to do something, the more likely we are going to do it.

Cleaning

We all do a fair amount of cleaning and dusting, but rarely think to clean air ducts and filters. “Replace or clean furnace filters once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use” ConsumErenergycenter.org. Also, check out these  Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House from care2.com.

Sources & Additional Information 

EnergyStar.gov

ConsumErenergycenter.org

 Solarpowerathome.com