AmericanAirlines Arena Featured as Leader in "Sports Greening"
AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the 2012 NBA Champion Miami HEAT, has been recognized by the National Resources Defense Council as a North American leader in “sports greening” for its environmentally responsible practices and its continued commitment to ecological stewardship.
In September, 2012, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance, released “Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment”, which provides a collection of case studies of the sports industry’s most prominent and successful greening initiatives from across North America. The report highlights The HEAT Group’s greening efforts, led by Operations Coordinator Jackie Ventura, for investments in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, renewable energy, safer chemicals and fan engagement focused on remedying some of our most pressing environmental problems. In July, Ventura represented the franchise as a panelist during the White House Conference on Sports and the Environment.
The NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists working since 1970 to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment.
Miami HEAT Standout Greening Accomplishments
Courtesy Natural Resources Defense Council
- The HEAT’s energy efficiency initiatives have enabled the AmericanAirlines Arena to consume 53 percent less energy than the average facility of similar size and use, according to EnergyStar’s Portfolio Manager.
- The organization replaced 240 lamps in the arena’s concession stands and merchandise locations with compact fluorescent lights (14-watt bulbs replaced 60-watt bulbs). This move saves $976 annually and recouped the capital investment in two years.
- The team implemented a building automation system (provided by Johnson Control) to monitor and control heating, cooling and ventilation.
- The HEAT reduced the heat island effect and saved energy by using a more reflective “white” roofing and underground parking.
- The team also added 9,161 square feet of canopies to reduce the heat island effect.
- In 2009, the HEAT achieved a 16.7 percent reduction in potable water use and saved more than $5,000 in water costs through low-flow faucet and toilet upgrades and by increasing plumbing efficiency.
- The HEAT save almost $11,000 annually due to greater irrigation efficiency. All irrigation of planters and landscaped areas is done by a drip system or a soak system that applies water directly to the roots, and all lines have low-flow nozzles. Also, timers are used so that irrigation takes place in the middle of the night in order to minimize evaporation.
- The HEAT permanently installed water meters to measure the consumption of potable water and water used in irrigating all landscaped areas. The meters are monitored on a weekly basis.