Dodger Stadium and AEG Stepping Up with Green Initiatives
Posted by Anna Van on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
LA kicked off the first of two World Series 2017 games in blazing heat, and then after a week away, the players returned home to perfect 71 degree weather. For one, the drastic shift in LA weather shows how nature has no regard for when World Series games will take place. Yet, what we do have control over is how our sports and entertainment venues are adapted to the effects of climate change, while reducing future impacts.
Dodger Stadium in LA reflects this need for change. In 2008, Dodger Stadium introduced their new renovation plan, Next 50, which is committed to creating a more sustainable baseball stadium. The green initiatives adopted include landscaping, water fountain installation, and support for improving METRO ridership. The Green Necklace, as the surrounding landscaped area is known, is planted with drought-tolerant plants and trees, and will provide guests a view of the city beyond the stadium walls. Additionally, the new stadium will be LEED silver certified. LEED certification means the stadium engages in water and energy-saving measures, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Beyond the scope of the stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) worked closely with Dodger youth league to create a recycling initiative in collaboration with LA County Department of Public Works. In 2015, the Dodgers promoted the Strike Out Landfill Waste Program, encouraging youth and Dodger fans to recycle bottles and cans. By the end of the campaign, thousands of pounds of beverage containers were recycled. As the Dodger Stadium leadership continues to implement their Next 50 plan, LA’s beloved stadium will see a cleaner and greener future.
Any resident or visitor to LA would likely be familiar with the infamous Staples Center and/or the Los Angeles Convention Center. These venues, among 100+ others, are owned by Anschuzt Entertainment Group (AEG). After launching their sustainability campaign, AEG 1EARTH in 2007, AEG has published annual sustainability reports on progress toward achieving their established 2020 goals. These goals focus on greenhouse gas emissions reduction worldwide and were established according to the World Wildlife Fund’s “The 3% Solution,” which recommends corporate sectors to adopt a 3.2% GHG emission reduction per year from 2010 to 2020.
AEG reduces GHG emissions by investing in energy efficiency, waste diversion, and sustainable water practices
At the Stubhub Center in Los Angeles, AEG installed LED lights and 1 megawatt Tesla batteries. Tesla batteries allow the venue to purchase energy during low-demand times (usually at night) and store it in electrons to be used during peak demands for games and events. During the US Green Building Council (USGBC) International Conference and Expo, LA Convention Center diverted 90.3% of total waste from landfills. The venue accomplished this by converting 200 trash bins into compost bins and collecting recyclables. AEG set a goal to decrease potable water usage by 2.3% from 2010 to 2020 at water-stressed sites. In 2016, AEG nearly reached this goal — coming in just 1% shy of the 2.3% reduction target. Los Angeles is considered one of AEG’s most water-stressed sites, so potable water conservation at their 9 LA venues alone has the potential to make a big impact.
In reviewing the 2017 Sustainability Report, it is important to note the increased overall GHG emissions in 2016. While AEG implemented greenhouse gas reduction and conservation measures in Los Angeles venues, the entertainment giant continues to expand globally, which is responsible for the increase in its GHG emissions.