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MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM RECEIVES TRAILBLAZER AWARD AT 2022 NET ZERO CONFERENCE
 
Posted: 22 Sep 2022, 1:04 pm

MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM RECEIVES TRAILBLAZER AWARD AT 2022 NET ZERO CONFERENCE

ATLANTA (September 21, 2022) ?Mercedes-Benz Stadium was honored with the Trailblazer Award by the Green Sports Alliance for leadership in sustainability at the ninth annual 2022 Net Zero Conference?s Trailblazer Awards Gala in Los Angeles, the conference announced Tuesday.

The Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders that are working towards building a net zero future and who employ practices to decarbonize the environment.

The 2022 awardees included leaders and changemakers from various industries who make an impact in the areas of carbon, climate, equity, ESG, Net Zero, resilience and more. Mercedes-Benz Stadium was among eight total 2022 Trailblazer Award recipients and the sole organization to receive the prestigious honor.

?We are honored to have been recognized by the Green Sports Alliance as a Trailblazer,? said AMB Sports and Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Dietmar Exler. ?Since opening our doors in 2017, we have been committed to implementing the foundational programs and practices to help curb our overall environmental footprint and thank The Green Sports Alliance and The Net Zero Conference for celebrating our efforts as we continue to move forward in our endeavors.?

Earlier this year, MBS became the first professional sports stadium in the world to achieve TRUE Precertification for zero waste. The stadium also received two Play to Zero Awards at the 2022 Green Sports Alliance Summit in June, recognizing the building?s commitment to water conservation and waste reduction.

Upon construction in 2017, MBS became the first professional sports venue in North America to reach the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System? certification (Platinum), the industry?s internationally recognized rating system for environmentally conscious developers, a certification also administered by GBCI.

For more about the conference and the full list of Trailblazer awards, clickhere.

https://mercedesbenzstadium.com/news/press-release/

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Fiserv Forum: Achieving LEED O+M with Arc
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2022, 10:31 am

Fiserv Forum: Achieving LEED O+M with Arc

LEED Fellow Sara Greenwood helped a major venue recertify with LEED v4.1.

Over the past two decades, USGBC andLEEDhave been transforming the marketplace with rating systems designed to ensure certified buildings demonstrate efficiency, save money, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people.

High performance for high performers

TheArcplatform was developed by USGBC as a tracking tool to monitor and report this data. The green building industry is becoming more performance-based to ensure that buildings are performing the way they were designed to. Arc was designed to help building owners and operators visualize performance data and impacts to drive targeted performance focusing on energy, water, waste, human experience and air quality. The platform also allows for comparison across a real estate portfolio, which can be particularly useful in assessing improvement opportunities.

Fiserv Forum, theMilwaukee Bucksarena, and the team?s training center, located in the Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center building, achieved LEED for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) at the Silver level in 2019. The owner and facilities director are committed to optimizing the performance of this world-class venue, and Arc was a perfect tool for this.

A crowd faces a music stage outside a sports stadium
Image courtesy of Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks engaged my firm,Greenwood Consulting Group, LLC(GCG) to manage itsLEED v4.1recertification under LEED for Operations and Maintenance (O+M), using the Arc performance tracking platform. GCG brought to this project over 17 years of experience managing projects that pursue green building certification to achieve the owner?s performance goals. Together with GCG, Fiserv Forum was awarded LEED Gold for its LEED O+M recertification, with a score of 75, and the Sports Science Center was awarded LEED Silver, with a score of 52, in October 2021.

?The Milwaukee Bucks seized an opportunity to guarantee Fiserv Forum ensures a more sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy environment to allow our visitors and employees a healthier quality of life in our building,? says Dennis Williams, senior vice president and general manager of Fiserv Forum. ?We are very proud of our efforts and stewardship in the community while providing first-class entertainment and championship basketball at Fiserv Forum.?

The unique needs of a sports venue

As a sports arena, Fiserv Forum faced numerous challenges, including the intensive energy and water use for this building type. Maintaining healthy air quality was another concern that emerged with the onset of COVID-19. After gathering building data over the course of a year and completing air quality testing and occupant surveys, we were able to identify areas for improved performance.

Fiserv Forum has been diligent with its efforts to retrofit outdated energy efficiency systems, and they continue to retrofit plumbing fixtures to high-efficiency alternatives throughout the building. The project performed well in the energy and water categories of LEED, as GCG uncovered from our analysis. Energy Star Portfolio Manager was used to monitor this performance, as well.

Coordination withGBCIadministrators was helpful in addressing unique COVID-19 circumstances when the facilities were not operating at normal capacity. Waste was identified as an area of opportunity through the Arc platform, so we worked with the owner to assess the different waste streams, operational logistics (back of house compared to front of house), food waste volume and local options for composting. GCG also reached out to a wide range of local waste resources to understand various ways in which the overall waste volume could be reduced.

The outside of a sports arena, with a buck logo in front
Image courtesy of Fiserv Forum.

Establishing a procurement policy was one way in which recycling was enhanced on this project, and the Bucks decided to partner with S.C. Johnson to transform single-use plastic cups into packaging for one of the company’s products. This one step diverted an entire waste stream at the facility into a usable byproduct. Another opportunity identified at the project site was food recovery, and theEPA Food Recovery Hierarchyoffered a great road map for the team to focus on: beginning with source reduction, then feeding the hungry population and continuing down the hierarchy, with landfill as the last possible option. The Bucks continue to work to find local opportunities to divert food waste from the landfill and find alternative solutions.

In the end, the buildings achieved great results with the air quality testing and gave the operations and ownership group peace of mind that they are providing occupants with the best air quality possible. Now more than ever, investing in high-performing, healthy buildings is critical to the community at large. Fiserv Forum has demonstrated a commitment to transparency when it comes to health and building operations, which is very commendable.

As the first professional sports venue to achieve LEED Gold certification under LEED v4.1 for O+M, Fiserv Forum is a testament to environmental leadership and a commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality. Moving forward, Fiserv Forum and the Sports Science Center are equipped to continuing monitoring performance with Arc and making improvements.

 

Original article: https://www.usgbc.org/articles/fiserv-forum-achieving-leed-om-arc

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TARGET FIELD BECOMES FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM TO ACHIEVE LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION VIA NEW RATING SYSTEM
 
Posted: 8 Sep 2022, 4:10 pm

TARGET FIELD BECOMES FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM TO ACHIEVE LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION VIA NEW RATING SYSTEM

Minnesota Twins receive highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council for continued excellence in Operations and Maintenance at the ?Greenest Ballpark in America?

 

Note: The Twins and the U.S. Green Building Council will commemorate this achievement during a pregame ceremony prior to this Saturday night?s Twins-Guardians game at Target Field.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN?In recognition of the club?s industry-leading efforts in sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Minnesota Twins announced today that they have been awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance ? making Target Field the first Major League Baseball venue to receive the U.S. Green Building Council?s highest possible honor via the new LEED v4.1 rating system.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable. The current version, LEED v4.1, is the most robust, flexible and transparent rating system ever.

Since opening Target Field in 2010, the Twins are the first and only Major League Baseball (MLB) club to achieve five separate LEED certifications: LEED Silver for New Construction (in 2010, the second MLB team thus honored); LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (in 2011, making the Twins the first professional sports franchise to earn Silver for both construction and operations); LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (in 2017, becoming the first organization in pro sports to attain Gold in this category); LEED Gold recertification (in 2019); and now LEED Platinum.

Target Field is also the nation?s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the-art digital platform that uses real-world data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance. Arc is the first of its kind to track progress through a performance score, enabling projects to make more informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.

?Our organization-wide commitment to sustainability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility is more than a guidepost ? it is a belief in the power of creating positive change that is engrained into the ethos of the Minnesota Twins,? said club President & CEO Dave St. Peter. ?From the moment we began designing Target Field, we set out to create and maintain a world-class facility that, as the forever home of Twins baseball, would have a positive influence on our city, state and region. I am incredibly grateful to our dedicated employees, fans, and community and commercial partners for sharing our vision and contributing each and every day toward our continued efforts to ensure that Target Field remains the ?Greenest Ballpark in America.??

The Twins? many environmental stewardship efforts include a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, helping the organization capture, purify and reuse nearly 20 million total gallons of rainwater at Target Field to date; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs in partnership with Ecolab, Marsden Services and Republic Services that have kept nearly 13,000 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011 ? including 4,190 tons of trash being sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), 4,743 tons of waste being recycled and 3,796 tons of organic materials begin composted and diverted; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to deliver more than 63 tons of food to local charities; LED fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and, a long-term partnership with Eco-Products to provide the ballpark?s compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws.

?The Minnesota Twins? fifth LEED certification at Target Field demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,? said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO, USGBC. ?LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize our buildings and communities by providing everyone with access to healthy, green and high performing buildings. Target Field continues to be a prime example of how the innovative work of project teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.?

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About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings,an international network of local community leaders, the annualGreenbuild International Conference & Expo, theCenter for Green Schoolsandadvocacyin support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visitusgbc.organd connect onTwitter,FacebookandLinkedIn.

 

TARGET FIELD ?THE GREENEST BALLPARK IN AMERICA

For more information, please visittwinsbaseball.com/green

Twins Sustainability Statement

The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success ? both on and off the field ? is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. We honor the power of sport by leading through example, and we will continue to use sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with our fans, community, suppliers, partners and employees to have a positive influence in the world.

LEED Certified

In 2022, the Twins were awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance ? making Target Field the first Major League Baseball facility to receive the U.S. Green Building Council?s highest possible honor via the new LEED v4.1 rating system.Since opening Target Field in 2010,the Twins are first and only Major League Baseball (MLB) club to achieve five separate LEED certifications:LEED Silver for New Construction (in 2010, the second MLB team thus honored); LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (in 2011, making the Twins the first professional sports franchise to earn Silver for both construction and operations); LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (in 2017, becoming the first organization in pro sports to attain Gold in this category); LEED Gold recertification (in 2019); and now LEED Platinum.Target Field is also the nation?s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the-art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance. Arc is the first of its kind to track progress through a performance score, enabling project teams to make more informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.

USGBC Leadership Award

In recognition of the Minnesota Twins? outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry, theU.S. Green Building Council honored the organization with a 2019 Leadership Award. The Twins, heralded as a ?model for sustainability in the sporting world,?were awarded for using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them.

Major League Baseball Green Glove Award

The Twins won the 2021 Green Glove award, given to the Major League Baseball club with the highest waste diversion rate during the previous year.During the 2021 season, the Twins saved nearly 99 percent of Target Field waste from landfills: 33.8 percent via composting, 34.4 percent via recycling and 31.1 percent via a waste-to-energy partnership with the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC).

Capturing and Reusing Rainwater

Through a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, theMinnesota Twins have captured, purified and reused nearly 20 million total gallons of rainwater, drastically reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field. The majority of the recycled rainwater is used to wash down the seating bowl attached to the main concourse.

Recycling, Composting and Converting Waste to Energy

Through aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs,the Twins have kept nearly 13,000 tons of waste out of local landfills from 2011 to 2021:4,190 tons of trashhave been sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC);4,743 tons of wastehave been recycled from Target Field; and3,796 tons of organic materialshave been composted and diverted from landfills.

Donating Unused Food to Local Charities

The Minnesota Twins and concession partner Delaware North Sportservice donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season.Through a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up!, Inc., all prepared but untouched meals at Target Field are boxed up and donated to local charities.To date, these efforts have kept more than 63 tons of waste out of local landfills.

Reducing Energy Use via LED Lighting

Originally installed between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the field lighting at Target Field was upgraded to LED technology. By initially reducing fixture count from 746 to approximately 512, while also using LED fixtures to illuminate the underside of the ballpark canopy,energy use was immediately reduced by approximately 55 percent; the Twins continue upgrading fixtures throughout the ballpark to LED technology each year.

www.twinsbaseball.com

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Green Sports Alliance Launches the Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook
 
Posted: 31 Aug 2022, 5:11 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Green Sports Alliance Launches the Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook

 

August 31, 2022: Portland, OR ? Today the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) launched the Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook supported by its Corporate Membership Network and its member, NatureWorks.

The purpose of this playbook is to address how certified compostable food serviceware and packaging can play a vital role in sports venues, by facilitating organic waste diversion from landfills to composting facilities.

Venues and stadiums, where proper industrial composting infrastructure exists, can utilize this playbook to begin preventing single-use plastic and organic waste from accumulating in landfills and further efforts in greenhouse gas reduction. Future editions of this playbook will further explore how to expand venue logistics to implement a successful and comprehensive zero waste program to advance decarbonization goals.

The authors of this playbook are recognized by the following organizations AgRecycle, EcoProducts, Max-R, NatureWorks and WM. The Food Waste Diversion and Compostable Packaging Playbook, along with additional playbooks for implementing sustainable practices, can be downloaded at greensportsalliance.org/press.

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Statement from the Green Sports Alliance:

?The Green Sports Alliance is excited to join forces with our Corporate Member Network to provide this valuable resource to our members as we promote more sustainable practices throughout the sports industry. This playbook provides an important tool to accelerate zero waste initiatives as part of our Play to Zero initiative.? ? Scott Jenkins, Green Sports Alliance Board Chair

 

Statement from NatureWorks:

?NatureWorks is proud to continue its 10-year partnership with the Green Sports Alliance and support the creation of this important guide to compostable packaging and food waste diversion. When compostable biomaterial like Ingeo is used to divert food waste from landfills, we significantly reduce key drivers of climate change and produce valuable soil amendment that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, protecting our ability to live, work, and play for future generations.? ? Matt Romberger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

 

Statement from Penn State University:

?With the help from our partners including the Green Sports Alliance and NatureWorks, implementing high-quality compostable products was critical in our achievement of a 100% waste diversion in the Beaver Stadium suite sections. We hope that schools across the globe can use our case study in this Playbook to begin implementing sustainable practices too.? ? Judd Michael, Professor at Penn State University

 

About Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

 

About NatureWorks:

NatureWorks is a global biotechnology company using plants to turn greenhouse gasses like CO2 into a portfolio of biomaterials we call Ingeo. We partner with companies around the world to transform Ingeo into a wide range of naturally advanced products like compostable coffee capsules, tea bags, and food serviceware as well as diapers, hygiene masks, appliances, and filament for 3D printing. Because Ingeo biomaterial is made from plants, it enables the decoupling of materials from non-renewable resources, and its carbon footprint is 70% smaller than petrochemical-based plastics. Visit natureworksllc.com for more information and subscribe to Ingeo News to see our latest products, research, collaborations, news, and events.

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Media Contact:

Shay Strawser, Green Sports Alliance | shay@greensportsalliance.org | 717-557-1986

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Pactiv Evergreen Introduces Its ‘Zero Waste Implementation Guide’ as a Resource for Foodservice Operators
 
Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 4:26 pm

For immediate release

Pactiv Evergreen Introduces Its ?Zero Waste Implementation Guide? as a Resource for Foodservice Operators

Foodservice Operators Striving for Zero Waste Solutions Will Benefit from This Guide

LAKE FOREST, Ill., June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pactiv Evergreen (NASDAQ: PTVE) announced the launch of its new ?Zero Waste Implementation Guide? at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Minneapolis. The Guide is a resource to help foodservice establishments improve their waste diversion rates. Recreation venues, stadiums, arenas, colleges and university foodservice programs, in particular, will benefit from this valuable resource.

Achieving zero waste is a circular solution that helps ensure a sustainable future economically, environmentally and socially. By closing the loop, operators can cut greenhouse gases, manage risk, reduce litter and pollution, reinvest resources, and create value for their operation.

Pactiv Evergreen?s ?Zero Waste Implementation Guide? was created to provide everything a foodservice operator needs to begin their journey to zero waste. The interactive Guide can be downloaded for free from PactivEvergreen.com, enabling a foodservice establishment to customize the tool and document their data and progress. Detailed tools are included to enable operators to perform a waste audit, improve waste and materials management, and implement a new bin and signage system. Engaging an operation?s staff and promoting program success are essential steps in the zero waste journey, and comprehensive recommendations for these key aspects are provided.

?As the provider of the broadest selection of sustainable foodservice packaging in North America, Pactiv Evergreen is committed to providing the tools operators need to lessen the environmental impacts of their operation,? said Lynn Dyer, chief sustainability and public affairs officer for Pactiv Evergreen. ?This Guide is an example of our commitment to serve as a partner to our customers. It exemplifies our company?s purpose of ?packaging a better future? by making a positive impact with our customers, communities and the environment.?

For more information about Pactiv Evergreen?s Zero Waste Implementation Guide, and to download a free copy, please visit pactivevergreen.com/sustainability or earthchoicepackaging.com.

About Pactiv Evergreen Inc.
Pactiv Evergreen Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of fresh food and beverage packaging in North America. With a team of approximately 16,500 employees, the Company produces a broad range of on-trend and feature-rich products that protect, package and display food and beverages for today?s consumers. Its products, many of which are made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials, are sold to a diversified mix of customers, including restaurants, foodservice distributors, retailers, food and beverage producers, packers and processors. Learn more atwww.pactivevergreen.com.

Access the guide: https://pactivevergreen.com/PactivEvergreen/Sustainability-Documents/PTVE-382022-Zero-Waste-Implementation-Guide.pdf

Media contact:

Beth Kelly
412.303.4771
beth.kelly@pactivevergreen.com

https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/06/22/2467293/0/en/Pactiv-Evergreen-Introduces-Its-Zero-Waste-Implementation-Guide-as-a-Resource-for-Foodservice-Operators.html

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About the Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Allianceleverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

 

Shay Strawser

Marketing & Communications

Green Sports Alliance

shay@greensportsalliance.org

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CFP INDY RAISES THE BAR BY BECOMING THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT
 
Posted: 14 Jun 2022, 11:51 am

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CFPINDY RAISES THE BAR BY BECOMING THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (June 14, 2022) –Playoff Greenannounced today the results of its sustainability program as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship weekend in Indianapolis, as well as its influence on the future of sporting events hosted in Indy.

The 2022 edition of the Playoff Green program leveraged theCFPto be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for Indianapolis and college football fans everywhere. All efforts were led nationally by theCFPand the Green Sports Alliance and supported locally by the Indianapolis Host Committee, IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Playoff Green teams hand-sorted and recovered over 117 tons of materials during two weeks throughout downtown Indianapolis, rescuing 80% of allCFP-generated waste from local landfills. Over 35,000 meals were salvaged from event activities and donated to local food banks, including Second Helpings. In addition, over 75,000 pounds of reusable goods were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis to support affordable homeownership.

Furthermore, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee joined with AES Indiana to procure enough renewable energy credits to power 100% of theCFP?s city-wide electricity needs game week through renewable wind energy. Unavoidable carbon emissions and water consumption across national championship weekend were analyzed by IUPUI?s Office ofSustainability, with carbon emissionsoffset through a relationship with South Pole.

In the community, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee worked with IUPUI to create a four-year undergraduate scholarship program for incoming IUPUI sustainability changemakers. The two entities also worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside to finalize the La Plaza Community Orchard. This project transformed a neglected space into a blooming orchard, vegetable garden and play space for local youth.

Other key supporters included Dr. Pepper, AAA Flag & Banner, ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Vapur Water Bottles, the Game Changers Institute, Food Loops and Ecosystem Events.

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AboutCFPand Playoff Green:

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college football?s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of college football?s unique regular season where every game counts. Through its Playoff Green sustainability program, theCFPstrives to minimize the environmental footprint of the national championship game and its ancillary activities. Playoff Green leverages the national championship game to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for its host community and the college football community as a whole.

About the Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Allianceleverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

Statement from College Football Playoff:

We are proud to have been able to limit the environmental impact of our championship event in Indianapolis this year,? said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. ?Just like the success on the field, this similarly successful sustainability program in connection with our game took teamwork. We are thankful for the efforts of the Green Sports Alliance, the Indianapolis Host Committee, and, of course, the thousands of fans who travelled to the game and took part in all the wonderful activities.?

Statement from the Green Sports Alliance:

?The Green Sports Alliance commends the leadership demonstrated by theCFPand the Indy Host Committee for using the power of sports to take action on critical environmental needs across Indianapolis,? said Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?Sustainability is about community transformation outside the lines of the field, and we are infinitely grateful to help drive authentic action with local stakeholders during college football?s biggest moment.?

Statement from the Indianapolis Host Committee:

?On behalf of the Host Committee, we are proud to have invested $100,000 in funding to support these impactful Green Team initiatives,? said Susan Baughman, president of the 2022CFPIndy Host Committee. ?It was important to us that we ensured this event was as sustainable as possible and we?re grateful for our many partnerships with community-minded organizations that enabled us to do just that.?

 

Bobby Whittingham

Marketing & Communications

Green Sports Alliance

bobby@greensportsalliance.org

mobile 630.418.3535

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Playing for Indy: College Football Playoff and Playoff Green pushed game-changing community legacy through environmental programs
 
Posted: 31 May 2022, 6:13 pm

PORTLAND, Oregon — Playoff Green announced today the results of its sustainability program as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship weekend in Indianapolis, as well as its influence on the future of sporting events hosted in Indy.

The 2022 edition of the Playoff Green program leveraged the CFP to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for Indianapolis and college football fans everywhere. All efforts were led nationally by the CFP and the Green Sports Alliance and supported locally by the Indianapolis Host Committee, IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Playoff Green teams hand-sorted and recovered over 117 tons of materials during two weeks throughout downtown Indianapolis, rescuing 80% of all CFP-generated waste from local landfills. Over 35,000 meals were salvaged from event activities and donated to local food banks, including Second Helpings. In addition, over 75,000 pounds of reusable goods were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis to support affordable homeownership.

Furthermore, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee joined with AES Indiana to procure enough renewable energy credits to power 100% of the CFP?s city-wide electricity needs game week through renewable wind energy. Unavoidable carbon emissions and water consumption across national championship weekend were analyzed by IUPUI?s Office of Sustainability, with carbon emissions offset through a relationship with South Pole.

In the community, Playoff Green and the Indianapolis Host Committee worked with IUPUI to create a four-year undergraduate scholarship program for incoming IUPUI sustainability change-makers. The two entities also worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside to finalize the La Plaza Community Orchard. This project transformed a neglected space into a blooming orchard, vegetable garden and play space for local youth.

Other key supporters included Dr. Pepper, AAA Flag & Banner, ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Vapur Water Bottles, the Game Changers Institute, Food Loops and Ecosystem Events.

About CFP and Playoff Green:

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college football?s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of college football?s unique regular season where every game counts. Through its Playoff Green sustainability program, the CFP strives to minimize the environmental footprint of the national championship game and its ancillary activities. Playoff Green leverages the national championship game to be a beacon of environmental wellness, equity and resiliency for its host community and the college football community as a whole.

About the Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Through its marquee event greening division, GSA delivers best-in-class sustainable productions to minimize environmental impacts and maximize community legacies, driving scalability and replications across the industry. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

Statement from College Football Playoff:

We are proud to have been able to limit the environmental impact of our championship event in Indianapolis this year,? said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. ?Just like the success on the field, this similarly successful sustainability program in connection with our game took teamwork. We are thankful for the efforts of the Green Sports Alliance, the Indianapolis Host Committee, and, of course, the thousands of fans who travelled to the game and took part in all the wonderful activities.?

Statement from the Green Sports Alliance:

?The Green Sports Alliance commends the leadership demonstrated by the CFP and the Indy Host Committee for using the power of sports to take action on critical environmental needs across Indianapolis,? said Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?Sustainability is about community transformation outside the lines of the field, and we are infinitely grateful to help drive authentic action with local stakeholders during college football?s biggest moment.?

Statement from the Indianapolis Host Committee:

?On behalf of the Host Committee, we are proud to have invested $100,000 in funding to support these impactful Green Team initiatives,? said Susan Baughman, president of the 2022 CFP Indy Host Committee. ?It was important to us that we ensured this event was as sustainable as possible and we?re grateful for our many partnerships with community-minded organizations that enabled us to do just that.?

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‘Make the world a better place’: Brewers’ Brent Suter and Jacques Cousteau’s grandson are teaching students about sustainability
 
Posted: 4 May 2022, 8:56 am

By Hannah Kirby,Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Yes, Brent Suter is a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher. But for a little while on Tuesday, he was also a yellow perch.

He was playing a game at American Family Field with local students, who were also representing different animals and organisms in the food web and learning aboutwho eats what, why that’s important and the impact of plastics.

“To see the looks on the kids’ faces, learning about the food chains and plastics and what we can do about it, it warms my heart,” said Suter, a longtime sustainability advocate.

This spring, the Brewers, theEarthEcho International nonprofitand Racine-headquarteredSC Johnsonteamed up to create the ?Waste-Free Crew,”an educational initiative that gives local educators ways to teach students about environmentally friendly practices, according to a news release.

More than 4,000 students in fourth through sixth grades from 55schools in the Milwaukee, Racine andKenosha areas participated in the inaugural program.This year’s lessons focused on plastics and were delivered through EarthEcho Academy.

 

After completing the program, which ran from World Water Day through Earth Day, hundreds of kids visited the ballpark Tuesday to participate in interactive workshops and activities withabout 16community organizations that complemented what they had learned in their classrooms.

“We did all kinds of really hands-on exercises forthe kids so they can get their heads around and make relevant for them what conservation is and what sustainability is,” said Alan VanderMolen, SC Johnson chief communications officer.

“I think it’s helping them make more connections to what they’re seeing now in their own lives,” said Emily Useman, a fifth grade teacher from Evergreen Elementary in Waterford.

EarthEchofounderPhilippe CousteauJr., an explorer and advocate, told the students that spending time with them is “the most exciting work” he gets to do.He started the organization in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather,explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Suter told the kids he’s excited to see them start recycling, composting, reducing and reusing.

“I just want to encourage you to be ambassadors for change, be people who want to go out and make the world a better place and do everything in your life as a selfless act and try to maybe make future generations have a planet that’s very healthy,” he said.

The?Waste-Free Crew”programhits home for Suter, whohas an environmental science degree from Harvard.

Environmental issues have been on Suter’s heart “in a big way” since 2006 after seeingthe documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which followsAl Gore’s campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Suter said it “smacked me upside the head” and motivated him to make a difference.

Suter doesn’t buy paper towels or napkins, frequents farmers markets to buy food that hasn’t been packaged, has a garden in his basement and has volunteered forcleanup projects, according toa 2020 Journal Sentinel report. He’s also worked with Nature Conservancy, Players for the Planet and EcoAthletes.

SC Johnson, the Brewers and Suter have also launched theBrewers Sustainability Council, an advisory board to review, discuss and implement best sustainability practices at the ballpark, a news release said.

For the second year, SC Johnson is turning plastic cups used at the ballpark into packaging forScrubbing Bubbles,VanderMolen said.

Contact Hannah Kirby athannah.kirby@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at@HannahHopeKirby.

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Crawford Architects Joins The Green Sports Alliance
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2022, 11:25 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Crawford Architects Joins The Green Sports Alliance

Kansas City, April 25, 2022:

Crawford Architects announces an official corporate partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), an environmentally and socially focused nonprofit organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world to promote healthy, sustainable communities. This partnership continues Crawford?s dedication to providing environmentally conscious design through sustainability, recycling, and carbon neutrality.

Crawford believes the advancement of sustainable communities starts at the heart of the design process. The new partnership supports both Crawford?s sustainable design efforts and GSA?s mission to use the influence of sports to promote sustainable practices across the globe. The organization?s members include over 300 professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, and venues representing millions of fans.

?The Green Sports Alliance is passionate about protecting the future of our pastimes,?said David Murphy, Crawford Architect Co-Owner and Senior Principal.?Crawford is proud to be partnered with GSA and supports their dedication to the preservation of sports, venues, and the communities they serve. We look forward to collaborating with GSA and its fellow members to continue to learn and create meaningful change towards sustainability in the design of sports facilities of the future.?

Crawford Architects has a successful track record in incorporating sustainable design approaches that respond to the local context and climate of several of our projects as highlighted by our involvement in the University of California Merced, 2020 Project, recognized as the first public research university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, two years ahead of its goal.

About Crawford Architects: Crawford Architects is an award-winning international planning, architecture, and interior design firm headquartered in Kansas City, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu and Sydney. As a professional services firm, Crawford Architects specializes in all aspects of the planning and design of stadiums, arenas, athletic training centers, sports medicine facilities, entertainment venues, lifestyle & workplace facilities, and the mixed-use developments which accompany these projects. Learn more at crawfordarch.com.

About Green Sports Alliance: The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices. Visitgreensportsalliance.org



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Crawford Architects
1801 McGee Street Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Dakota Miller Zinn
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Penske Entertainment Announces Next Phase of Transformational Sustainability Initiatives
 
Posted: 25 Apr 2022, 3:13 pm

 

 

Indy 500 Continues To Set Industry-Leading Pace on Environmental Impact

Firestone To Introduce New Race Tire with Sustainable Natural Rubber
at Indy 500 Carb Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, April 22, 2022)? Penske Entertainment announced a robust and innovative lineup of environmental impact initiatives this afternoon, aiming to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint for this year?s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and significantly boost sustainability efforts within the sport of INDYCAR. These steps are the latest and most comprehensive elements of a long-term strategy for the organization that has been developed over the last two years.

The announcements made today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway DEX Imaging Media Center coincided with wider efforts across the nation and globe to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22. They were unveiled in partnership with Firestone, Shell and additional corporate partners, which have worked with IMS and INDYCAR on a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the venue and sport.

?This will be the most sustainable Indy 500 in our 100-plus year history,? Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. ?Moreover, through excellent coordination and teamwork with partners who are true innovators in this field, we?re moving INDYCAR toward industry leadership when it comes to environmental awareness and impact.?

Month of May ? Fueling Progress & Building Toward a Greener Future

Longtime series partner and tire supplier Firestone will play a key role in efforts surrounding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Firestone is a trailblazer in the charge for alternative and renewable sources of natural rubber and will debut a new and eco-friendly tire this May.

The Firestone Firehawk guayule race tire will be used for the first-time during Miller Lite Carb Day?s INDYCAR Pit Stop Challenge and will make its competition debut as the alternate race tire in August at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. It is partially composed of a new sustainable natural rubber derived from the guayule shrub, which requires less reharvesting than traditional sources of rubber.

?It will take partnership and collaboration to combat the impacts of global climate change, and we are proud to partner with Penske, INDYCAR and IMS to advance the future of sustainable mobility,? said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer and group president, Solutions Businesses, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. ?The introduction of guayule natural rubber to America?s preeminent open-wheel racing series speaks to the confidence we have in the technology and its promise as a scalable, sustainable and domestic raw material.?

Firestone, IMS, the state of Indiana and veteran motorsports partner Shell also announced today that all race tires being supplied for Indy 500 practice, qualifications and Race Day will be delivered to the ?Racing Capital of the World? from their Central Indiana warehouse using the Freightliner eCascadia from Penske Truck Leasing?s fleet of electric vehicles. To assist with the effort, a 150kW, high-power electric charger is being installed on the IMS grounds, in coordination with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Shell Recharge Solutions. The EV charging station is manufactured by BTC Power (Broadband TelCom Power, Inc.).

?We?re working every day to make sure Indiana is a leader when it comes to renewable energy solutions,? Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. ?I can?t think of a better way to show our commitment to cleaner energy than by putting it on display during the largest sporting event in the world.?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also will take significant steps toward cleaner energy consumption and a lowered carbon footprint across the Month of May. Like in 2021, all electricity consumed throughout the facility in May will continue being purchased via 100 percent renewable energy credits.

In addition, IMS has teamed up with Shell and climate technology company CHOOOSE on the implementation of a new customer program that allows fans to offset their travel footprint through a nominal contribution to the GreenTrees reforestation project. IMS also will offset its entire operational carbon footprint during the Month of May through its contributions to GreenTrees, a vital effort that restores natural habitats in more than 1 million acres across seven states in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

?At Shell, we aim to provide more and cleaner energy solutions in a responsible manner ? in a way that balances short- and long-term interests,? explained Dani Silva, Shell vice president of Enterprise Accounts. ?We are very pleased to be a part of Penske Entertainment Corp.?s efforts in increasing the sustainability of motorsports and the off-track potential it also enables.?

Other initiatives of note during the Month of May include:

  • Increased waste diversion efforts throughout the facility with expanded recycling and food recovery programs.
  • Legends, the official IMS retail partner, will open a fully sustainable store inside an electric truck. All items sold in the truck will be reusable or designed from recycled plastic bottles.

Last year, the Indy 500 was certified at the Silver level by the Council for Responsible Sport after achieving 37 social and environmental standards of good practice. The venue implemented facility upgrades to increase both energy and water-use efficiency, calculated a robust greenhouse gas emissions inventory and enhanced its ?Bike to the 500? program. IMS is working toward becoming the first sports facility in the world to become a Responsible Sport Certified venue.

INDYCAR?s Sustainable Path Forward

Alongside work with Firestone on expanded use of the guayule natural rubber, INDYCAR also announced today that starting with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in June, all 26 NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars will be transported by trucks that are fueled by renewable diesel, which significantly reduces travel-related emissions.

?The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and its partners are continually evaluating ways to lower our footprint and create a more sustainable future,? said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. ?We?re looking forward to using renewable diesel in our transporters beginning in June and expect to have several more important initiatives to unveil in the near future.?

This year?s Indianapolis 500 at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes place on Sunday, May 29 on NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and the INDYCAR Radio Network. The schedule for the 17-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES season can be foundhereand is available to fans to watch across NBC Sports platforms.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Amanda Stanley
Director, Communications
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
+1-317-492-6649,astanley@indycar.com

Dave Furst
Vice President, Communications
INDYCAR
+1-317-492-6244,dfurst@indycar.com

 

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FKP Scorpio Launches Show Production Company
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2022, 7:42 am
FKP Scorpio today announced the launch of FKP Show Creations GmbH, a new company arm that'll focus on musicals, shows, family entertainment and opera ? anything that can be brought to life inside theaters, but not just there.

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How Metallica & Billy Joel's Allegiant Shows Created A Way For Stadium Touring In 'The Great Glut Of 2022'
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 3:05 pm
More than 80,000 fans and a gross of some $13.8 million over two nights by any measure in this industry is a runaway success. And that?s exactly what happened at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 25 and 26 when Metallica and Billy Joel played separately on consecutive evenings. The shows more than lived up to the billing as ?Two Epic Shows?One Unforgettable Weekend,? and serve as a model for future stadium touring amidst ?The Great Glut of 2022? while being a win-win-win for fans, artists, their teams and venues.

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UK/Euro Lineups: Lots Of Festival Premieres
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 1:00 pm
Pollstar takes a look at some of the latest lineup announcements from the UK and Europe. Many have been unveiled by brand-new festivals making their debut in 2022.

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Johnnie Taylor Among Newest Blues Hall Of Fame Members
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:56 pm
Five people, an album, five singles and a book have been chosen to join this year's Blues Hall of Fame class.

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Asia News: Japan Reviews Audience Caps; BTS Sets Another Record
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:45 pm
The Japanese government is currently considering lifting the audience cap on large-scale gatherings, like concerts, as the pandemic eases and the number of daily cases drops steadily.

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Australia News: Festivals Return With A Vengeance; NZ: Auckland Releases City Of Music Report
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 12:32 pm
?As more states drop live restrictions, major festivals are returning ? some bigger than before ? cashing in on enthusiasm for the live experience.

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Goodlive And Live Base Anounce Partnership Around Splash! Festival Germany
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2022, 5:22 am
German promoter Goodlive and UK-based booking agency and club promoter Live Base announced a strategic partnership to deliver international hip hop artists to the German-speaking market and the country's premier hip-hop festival, splash!

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Morgan Wallen: Boy Interupted Brings Lots of Music To Sold Out Bridgestone Arena
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 2:22 pm
After a career put on pause following his drunken use of an egregious slur, Morgan Wallen is finding his way back to the world he was building when it all came to a screeching halt.

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Moment Factory Tops Fast Company List Of Innovators
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 1:16 pm
Montreal-based creative design firmMoment Factorytopped the list of 50 Most Innovative Companies released this week by business magazine Fast Company to recognize forward-thinkers in technology, leadership and design.

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Inaugural Chicagoland Fest Sacred Rose Topped By Phil Lesh & Friends, Khruangbin, The War On Drugs
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 1:03 pm
Another new festival announced its inaugural lineup Thursday. Sacred Rose will descend on SeatGeek Stadium, located just southwest of Chicago in Bridgeview, Ill., Aug. 26-28 with a lineup topped by Phil Lesh & Friends, Khruangbin, The War On Drugs and Black Pumas.

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With The Band: Big Time Rush Makes Big Time Comeback With First Post-Hiatus Headlining Tour
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:55 pm
In the early 2010s, Big Time Rush had been among the most dominant boy bands. The group made up of Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, and Carlos PenaVega was first formed in 2009 with a Nickelodeon TV show of the same name.

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Spotify Camp Nou: Streaming Giant Becomes FC Barcelona's Main Sponsor, Music Venue Trust Reacts
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:00 pm
Spotify and FC Barcelona announced a partnership making the streaming company the soccer club's main sponsor and official audio streaming partner.

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Chaka Khan, Stephen Stills, Beck & More To Play MusiCares Joni Mitchell Tribute
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 11:44 am
Chaka Khan, Stephen Stills, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter and Beck will be among those performing in tribute to Joni Mitchell when she's honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

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'It's My Job To Be Professionally Nosy': Q's With 'Ronnie's' Director Oliver Murray
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 5:58 am
Writer and director Oliver Murray, best known for his Bill Wyman documentary "The Quiet One," made a film about one of the most famous jazz venues in the world: Ronnie Scott's in London.

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Elevation Festivals Announces Partnership With MedWish International To Support Ukrainian Relief
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 4:56 pm
Elevation Festivals, the company that owns and produces WonderStruck In Cleveland, The WonderBus Music & Arts Festival in Columbus, and WonderRoad Indianapolis, is partnering with MedWish International to support relief in Ukraine.

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The Future Is Now! Major Tours Are Here
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 1:24 pm

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Merch Madness: Artist-Branded Guitar Pedals Create Revenue, Hit The Road
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 12:20 pm
In the branding and merchandise space, artists are always looking for a partnership that is authentic and speaks to fans. What better way, then, than partnering with the actual instrument itself?

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Euro Ticketing: New CEO For Ticketcorner, TicketSwap Expands
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 10:11 am
CTS Eventim announced the appointment of Oliver Niedermann as new CEO of its Swiss ticketing operation Ticketcorner. Meanwhile, Dutch ticket resale business TicketSwap has announced plans to expand its business.

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More To Speak About Than Ever Before: Greg Parmley Talks ILMC 34
 
Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 8:41 am
It feels like there's never been a greater need for this business to get together and talk, and ILMC 34 offers the ideal opportunity.

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Marc Solheim Joins Riot Fest As Senior Talent Buyer
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:59 pm
Milwaukee music industry veteran Marc Solheim will be joining Riot Fest as their new Senior Talent Buyer starting on April 1.

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Life Is Beautiful Unveils 2022 Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Lorde & More
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:49 pm

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Q's With Hartke Presents' Adam Hartke: Kansas Promoter Talks New Indie Touring Network D Tour
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 4:09 pm
For professionals across the live industry, the pandemic-spurred shutdown offered the opportunity to rethink the fundamental processes that govern touring. For Adam Hartke, co-founder of Wichita-based promoter and venue operator Hartke Presents, and several other independent promoters and venue operators, that meant reimagining the very way tours are booked and routed through the country's secondary and tertiary markets.

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How Remi Wolf Is Set To Be A Freaky, Funky, Poppin', Jazzy, Technicolor, Post-Pandemic Superstar
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 3:14 pm
Remi Wolf is on the cusp of her biggest touring year yet. She plays Lollapaloozas Brazil and Argentina at the end of March and in early April kicks off her most significant tour yet: opening for the Grammy-winning royal that is Lorde on her 22-date ?Solar Power Tour,? which debuts at The Opry on April 3 and includes two nights at New York?s Radio City and L.A.?s Shrine Auditorium. And that?s just for starters. On March 1, Wolf exuberantly announced her upcoming European tour and just as this story was going to press she announced a fall headlining tour entitled the "Gwingle Gwongle Tour" on her Instagram page which runs Sept. 12 to Oct. 16. The trek will take the 26-year-old phenom to the largest rooms of her blossoming headlining career, with shows at The Shrine, New York?s Terminal 5 and San Francisco's Warfield Theater.

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MSG Sphere London Planning Application To Be Heard Next Week, AEG Concerns Addressed
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 11:28 am
The planning application for the MSG Sphere London, originally submitted in March 2019, will be heard in London on Tuesday, March 22.

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15 Years Of Global Publicity: Nikki McNeill Says 'It's Still Fun'
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 5:00 am
There are days, when it feels like almost every press release about a European festival is coming from Global Publicity, the company Nikki McNeill founded in 2007. She has been instrumental in putting some of Europe's most famous annual events on the map internationally, and the 15th anniversary of her own company was the ideal occasion to have an extensive chat about her fascinating career.

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Wisin & Yandel Set Dates For Final Tour, ‘La Última Misión’
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 6:09 pm
Wisin and Yandel are preparing to go their separate ways. But first the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo has a new album to release and a final tour to go along with it. Today?s announcement says ?La ltima Misin? world tour will mark ?the last time fans can see them on stage together.?

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Dolly Parton To Rock Hall Of Fame: Thanks But No Thanks
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 4:49 pm
Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

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Pearl Jam Announces Rescheduled North American Tour Dates
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 2:17 pm
Pearl Jam is ready to get back out on the road after having to call off their 2020 tour, and the band has announced their rescheduled North American tour dates.

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BTS 'Permission To Dance On Stage' Seen By 45,000 On Site & 2.4M Remotely
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 11:51 am
Pop phenomenon BTS wrapped up three nights of "BTS Permission to dance on Stage - Seoul" at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, March 10-13.The three-day in-person concert was attended by a total of 45,000 people. In compliance with COVID protocols, the stadium's capacity was limited to 15,000 per show.

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Rolling Stones Announce European Stadium Tour 'Sixty'
 
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 6:04 am
The Rolling Stones return to Europe this summer to play 14 shows in ten countries, including two nights at British Summer Time Hyde Park in London, England, and their first concert in Liverpool, England, since more than 50 years.

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
 
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am

When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.

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6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am

Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.

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An Event Planner’s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm

Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
 
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

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San Francisco’s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am

As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.

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Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
 
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.

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St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.

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Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
 
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm

Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.

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Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
 
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm

Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
 
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.

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CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
 
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

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IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
 
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
 
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.

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IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.

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IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

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CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
 
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom? Trade Show Consulting.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.

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IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
Take 10 - Conference Centers

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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.

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Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.

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Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.

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Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
 
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
Conference Center Changes

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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
Campus Culture

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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