GREEN CLEANING PLAYBOOK FOR SPORTS
Looking to improve the sustainability of sports facility opera-
tions, the Green Sports Alliance has released the
. It provides cost-effective strategies to create a success-
ful janitorial program and offers guidance on selecting eco-friendly
cleaning products and services.
These include improved staff training, using cleaning processes
that cut energy and water consumption, decreasing the amount of
cleaning products used, and switching to high-efficiency cleaning
equipment and sanitary paper products. Making environmentally
responsible changes can improve operational efficiency while al-
lowing facilities teams to use resources more effectively.
Additionally, the playbook highlights how sustainable practices
that have been implemented at five prominent sports venues are
helping to cut costs and improve efficiency.
SOLAR SOARS IN NEW YORK
Renewable energy is growing fast in New York – installations in the
state have increased over 300% from 2011 to 2014. With over 314
megawatts of solar power installed by the end of 2014, Governor
Cuomo points to the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative as a major driver
to expand the use of solar power. Declining component prices and
growth in the number of businesses marketing solar power directly
to customers have also contributed to the spread of PV systems.
Over the three-year period, solar capacity tripled, quadrupled,
or quintupled in every region of New York except Long Island,
which has the most installations in the state, with most of the
growth coming in North Country, Finger Lakes, Central New York,
and New York City.
NEW PROCESS MAKES
Selecting environmentally friendly
plastic products could become
much easier thanks to a new pro-
duction process designed to cut
the cost of producing polylactic
acid (PLA), a common plant-
based plastic that is biodegrad-
able and recyclable.
The research, published in
, shows that the technique
costs less and produces less waste
than current methods, as well as
eliminating the need for using metals to produce the bioplastic.
The researchers believe that while cheaper PLA will not com-
pletely replace petroleum-based plastic products, the lower cost
and improved green benefits can provide additional incentives for
manufacturers and end users to choose products made from PLA.
Look for options that can make your disposable tableware and
food packaging more sustainable.
SUSTAINABILITY MORE DIFFICULT FOR SMALL
FACILITIES TO ACHIEVE
The amount of office space that is certified under the LEED or
ENERGY STAR programs continues to increase, but new research
shows that this may only be half of the story – most of the growth
is localized to large buildings over 500,000 square feet.
According to the
2015 National Green Building Adoption Index
over 62% of large buildings over 500,000 square feet are certi-
fied while only 4.5% of facilities under 100,000 square feet had
taken the step, representing only 7% of the total square footage in
The researchers point to several factors that are likely playing a
role in this disconnect, including the fact that the owners of large
facilities typically have a more robust portfolio of financing and
staff to implement initiatives. Sizable properties may also receive
more interest from potential tenants about green features than
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