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Week of 10/18/19
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 3:27 pm

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Adam Lambert: Happy To See More LGBTQ Artists Find Success
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 3:17 pm
Adam Lambert, who rose on the music scene as the runner-up on ?America Idol? in 2009, says he?s happy to see more mainstream LGBTQ artists find major success.

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The Golden Ticket: Artists Make Plays For More Control In Ever-Evolving Market
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 2:06 pm
With recent approaches to tackling ticketing conundrums ? including The Black Keys? underplay show at Los Angeles? Wiltern that attempted to prohibit secondary sales and Tegan and Sara accepting donations to fill empty seats at San Francisco?s Sydney Goldstein Theater that were purchased via the secondary market ? the balance of power continues to swing between the secondary and primary markets. While artists make moves to take more control in the interests of their fans, the different entities in the ticketing business are figuring out their roles in the ecosystem.

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Logjam Presents Announces New Missoula Entertainment Complex The Drift
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 11:28 am
Montana-based promoter Logjam Presents announced an ambitious new entertainment complex for the banks of the Clark Fork River, in Missoula, Mont., on Thursday.

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Live Review: Kacey Musgraves Brings Country, Community and Comedy To Radio City
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 10:23 am
"I see that the yee-haw agenda has spread to New York City!" an ebullient Kacey Musgraves told her second sold-out Radio City crowd in as many nights.

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Billy Joel, Florida Georgia Line, Greta Van Fleet Light Up LIVE75
 
Posted: 18 Oct 2019, 9:45 am
Billy Joel heads up this slate of touring artists with the highest ranking on LIVE75 based on a 32,930-ticket average from performances at two Major League Baseball stadiums and one arena. Fenway Park in Boston and Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, were the 7th and 8th stadiums included on his 2019 schedule, and both logged earnings topping $5 million from sellout crowds. Ticket sales at Madison Square Garden, the iconic entertainer?s home away from home where he plays his monthly New York City residency, also adds to the overall counts for this tally.

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Atlanta's Shaky Beats Electronic Fest Off For 2020 While Country Fest Shaky Boots Returns
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 8:00 pm
Shaky Beats Music Festival, the Atlanta-based, electronic-themed sister festival of Shaky Knees, will not return in 2020.

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2 Writers Claim They Deserve Credit On Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 1:35 pm
There?s a debate about the truth behind Lizzo?s ?Truth Hurts.?

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UMass Lowell Announces Joint Partnership with Green Sports Alliance
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 1:06 pm

By UMass Lowell River Hawks

The UMass Lowell athletic department and the Office of Sustainability announced a joint partnership with the Green Sports Alliance on Thursday morning. The announcement was made in conjunction with the implementation of many green initiatives throughout the athletic department and its facilities over the past several years.

The partnership is piece of the university’s 2050 Climate Action Plan, which was announced in January 2012.

The GSA was conceived and founded by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council and was launched in 2011.It isanenvironmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world to promote healthy, sustainable communities. Members include nearly 600 organizations, spanning professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues and fans representing 15 leagues in 14 countries.

“The opportunity to partner with Green Sports Alliance provides UMass Lowell Athletics with a great network that will allow us to enhance our sustainability efforts on regional and national levels,” said UMass Lowell Director of AthleticsPeter Casey.“River Hawk Nation understands its duty of protecting the environment and stepping up our green game. With the help of our university partners, one of our goals is to educate and motivate our sports fans in taking their own actions in helping protect the environment.”

The GSA is committed to creating awareness and dedicated to creating meaningful change towards a more sustainable future. It shares resources, experience, and expertise to raise awareness of what’s environmentally possible in sports, business, and society while mobilizing sports organizations, communities, athletes, and fans to create sustainable progress and behavior change.

“The Green Sports Alliance is honored to have UMass Lowell’s exemplary leadership join our members and partners spanning across the sports greening movement,” said Roger McClendon, the Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. “The university has demonstrated its continued commitment towards improving our communities in a sustainable manner, and we are looking forward to working alongside the River Hawks through this relationship.”

As part of the campus partnership with Aramark, the university and Spectra installed the first Grind2Energy system on a college campus in the Northeast at the Tsongas Center in the fall of 2018. Grind2Energy is a clean and reliable solution for commercial food waste. With G2E, food waste recovery is built right into daily operations and kitchen infrastructure. G2E ensures that the campus’ uneaten food will be used to make renewable energy and replenish agricultural soils. For years, UMass Lowell has done the right thing, separating its food waste in carts and sending it to composters, but Grind2Energy has eliminated these logistical challenges while also delivering a great sustainability story.

UMass Lowell will host Sustainability Night at the hockey game against Colgate University on Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct. 18that the Tsongas Center. Their will 25 resource ambassadors on hand to make sure cups and bottles are being appropriately collected and recycled throughout the contest.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is collaborating with the University through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP). The River Hawks will have use of an electric car throughout the year to bring student-athletes to medical appointments and use for travel to university related conferences/meetings.

The department also received a grant recently for two electric vehicle charging station in Lot B in the Tsongas Center parking lot.

The Tsongas Center also recently installed high efficiency LED lighting for the playing surface and concourse areas. For the last several years, athletics added updated branded trash and recycling units. These units are made from recycled milk jugs and with 100% renewable power.

“This exciting partnership is another step forward for UMass Lowell’s sustainability program,” stated UMass Lowell Director of Sustainability Ruairi O’Mahony. “The athletic department has already completed so many positive steps including solar panels atop Costello gym, fan tailored recycling programs, and the first Grind2Energy food waste program in the northeast.The partnership builds upon Chancellor Moloney’s vision for sustainability excellence through strategic partnerships and is sure to enhance our current position as the number one ranked AASHE STARS school for sustainability in Massachusetts.”

The River Hawks are the 10thNCAA Div. I school to partner with the GSA and are the first athletic program in America East and in the Northeast region to formalize a partnership with the GSA.

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance 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. Alliance members now number over nearly 400 organizations and fans representing 17 leagues in 16 countries. Visitgreensportsalliance.orgfor more information.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
“Aramark has always been an engaged partner with UMass Lowell’s sustainability efforts. Whether through local sourcing, waste reduction, composting or improving operational efficiencies, our team has worked hand in hand with UMass Lowell to create a greener campus. We look forward to how the Green Sports Alliance partnership will further our environmental strides on campus. GSA already has strong relationships with Aramark at many major-league sports arenas, and we are excited to utilize their knowledge and successes to further improve the green initiatives on campus.”ARAMARK DISTRICT MANAGER BRUCE PERRY

Spectra is excited to be a partner with UMass Lowell and River Hawk Nation in their efforts to find new and innovative ways to achieve sustainability here at the Tsongas Center. Finding ways to have a positive effect on our campus, environment and our community is something that has been important to us here in Lowell and at many of the venues we are associated with around the country. We look forward to realizing the benefits of what we have been able to accomplish and the continued efforts to find other ways to make an impact.”TSONGAS CENTER GENERAL MANAGER KEITH VASKE (SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT)

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K-Pop Back On Top: SuperM Leads Elite 100
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 12:33 pm

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Sold-Out, Biggest-Yet Aftershock Caps Off Danny Wimmer’s 2019 With Metallica On Deck
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 10:00 am
Aftershock festival in Sacramento wrapped a big year for independent festival promoter Danny Wimmer Presents, with 97,500 tickets sold to California?s biggest dedicated rock fest Oct. 11-13. Adding to the heft of the biggest-yet Aftershock sellout was the added buzz of Thursday's announcement that Metallica will exclusively headline DWP?s five major rock festivals, including Aftershock, in 2020.

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Memphis' First Punk Rock Club Honored With Historical Marker
 
Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 9:00 am
When musician and historian Mike McCarthy parked his car outside The Antenna Club, Memphis' first venue dedicated to fans of underground and hardcore rock, for the first time, he was a wayward rural teen, well out of his element.

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Midland Caps Big Day With Star-Studded Palomino Show
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 9:30 pm
It was a night of dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music Oct. 15 at the resurrected Palomino club in North Hollywood, Calif., as Midland capped off a big day with a performance commemorating the historic venue?s 70th anniversary.

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Country Artists Bring Tears, Prayers To CMT Awards Show
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 8:00 pm
Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss.

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GSB News and Notes: Rival Fans Team Up on Climate, Forest Grows In Soccer Stadium, NBA Players Invest in Veggie Burgers
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 6:45 pm

By GreenSportsBlog

In today?s jam-packed GSB News & Notes:

? Rival fans of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) have found one thing on which they agree ? the need to tackle the climate crisis.

? An Austria soccer stadium becomes home to a forest.

? And a group of NBA players are early, high profile investors in veggie burger companies.

 

?HOLY WAR? CEASE FIRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Life stopped for about four hours on August 29 for a good chunk of Utah?s population.That?s when the visitingUniversity of Utah Utes defeated the BYU Cougars 30-12in the annual intrastate ?Holy War? game in Provo. The rivalry between is every bit as fierce if not as well known asAlabama-Auburn(?The Iron Bowl?), Yankees-Red Sox, or Packers-Bears.

But this year, some red-clad Utah and blue-attired BYU students came together at halftime, forming a welcome purple wall to draw attention to the urgent need to take on the climate crisis.

Their message: If Utes and Cougars can meet up to work on climate change solutions, other warring groups of reds (Republicans) and blues (Democrats) can too.

The group, which calls itself Far Middle, created ?United We Change,? a short, cheeky video that describes their mission to bring together Utes and Cougs on climate:

But that wasn?t all.

Far Middle also formed a glowing ?#M? on a hill clearly visible from inside BYU?s packed LaVell Edwards Stadium the night of The Holy War..

According to the students, the #M stood not only for ?Middle,? but also for ?Mitt? as in Utah Republican Senator and 2012 GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Per theFar Middlewebsite, the group wanted to ?thank our main man, Senator Mitt Romney for taking climate change seriously.? Ten days before The Holy War, at a speech in front of a conservative audience in Salt Lake City, Romney stated thatclimate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. He acknowledged this position is rare among his fellow Republicans.

To make sure Senator Romney doesn?t waver on his support for climate change, Far Middle created an ironically-titled?don?t change? Change.org petition.

Again, from their website: ?Mitt is showing that climate change is bigger than rivalries and political ideologies, and we don?t want to see that stop anytime soon. So we?re thanking him for seeing that bipartisanship (the far middle) is where durable solutions will be found. Whether you?re a Ute, a Coug, or heck, just a resident of planet earth who?d like elected officials to work together in order to avoid planetary destruction, you can help bysigning the petition.?

As of Wednesday, 527 people have signed on.

 

AUSTRIA STADIUM TRANSFORMED INTO CONTROVERSIAL FOREST ART INSTALLATION TO DRAW ATTENTION TO CLIMATE CRISIS

Before September 8, Wrthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria was nothing out of the ordinary.

But from that day until October 27, the 32,000 seat, 12-year-old soccer stadium that normally is home to second division (aka top minor league) SK Austria Klagenfurt, is instead showcasing?For Forest ? The Unending Attraction of Nature,?the largest art installation in the country.

?For Forest? is brainchild of artist Klaus Littmann. According to a September 6 photo-story by Jim Powell inThe Guardian, Littman was inspired more than 30 years ago by Max Peintner?s 1970-71 pencil drawing, ?The Unending Attraction of Nature.?

Max Peintner?s ?The Unending Attraction of Nature? (Photo credit: The Guardian)

Peintner imagined a time when forests will exist only as exhibition objects. Littmann decided to turn imagination into reality.

Landscape architectEnzo Eneaused 300 trees to cover the entire pitch with a mixed forest characteristic of central Europe. The project is Austria?s largest public art installation and can be seen for free, day or night, from 10 AM to 10 PM. ?For Forest? was funded in part by ?tree sponsors?, each of whom contributed ?5,000.

 

The ?For Forest? art installation by Klaus Littmann at Wrthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria (Photo credit: David Payr/The New York Times)

Per Alex Marshall, writing in the September 27 issue ofThe New York Times,Littman ?said he wanted people who saw the forest to think about humanity?s impact on the environment in places like the Amazon.?

Not surprisingly, there has been some controversy surrounding ?For Forest?. From Marshall?sTimespiece, the project has been attacked ?For using foreign trees, instead of local ones from Carinthia [region], and for preventing a local soccer team using the stadium for important matches.?

According to Littmann, transporting the trees had released up to 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That is roughly equivalent to the emissions created by taking 25 flights from New York to Vienna.

The artist had hoped to find a stadium in France, Germany or Switzerland but no team in those countries would allow their stadium to be used. SK Austria Klagenfurt?s owners said yes because the team is performing poorly and attendance has been very low. They are playing their ?home games? in Graz, 90 miles to the northeast during the seven week ?For Forest? installation.

Aerial view of ?For Forest? (Photo credit: UNIMO)

The exhibition is drawing between 3,000 and 7,000 daily visitors. After it closes on October 27, the trees will be replanted nearby.

 

VEGGIE BURGERS: NEW PERFORMANCE FOOD & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NBA STARS

Environmentally-friendly veggie burgers (as compared to beef) are the new performance food.

According toSI.com?sChris Ballard, that?s what several NBA stars believe. And they are putting their money where their mouths are.

Here are some highlights from Ballard?s must-read September 24 piece,?Beyond Endorsing: How Veggie Burgers Became the NBA?s New Gatorade?:

  • Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), DeAndre Jordan (Nets) and JJ Redick (New Orleans Pelicans) were among the NBA stars who invested inBeyond Meat, the ?El Segundo, Calif., producer of plant-based [Beyond Burgers] and sausages engineered to taste and look like the real thing?, before its May 2 initial public offering (IPO).
  • The stock opened that day at $46/share, closed its first day of trading at $65. ?By July it had soared above $230/share, a rise of more than 800 percent.? It has since dropped to $126 as of Wednesday morning trading on NASDAQ.
  • The players say they weren?t in it mainly for the cash (they?re all multi-millionaires many times over. ?Rather, they are?converts and proselytizers.?
  • Paul and Redick eat both plant and animal protein, Jordan is a vegan.
  • Redick, who grew up with vegetarian parents, had tried a myriad of veggie burgers but didn?t like the taste. Beyond Burger, to Redick, tasted like beef.
  • Today?s NBA players constantly seek micro advantages. ?If a plant-based diet really can extend a playing career?as Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown contends and many believe?then reducing meat intake is worth the trade-off.?
  • Irving starred in the first 30 second Beyond Burgers ad, ?The Future of Protein, last February.

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Live Review: Rock Nostalgia Reigns As Black Keys, Modest Mouse Take Barclays
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 1:34 pm
The Black Keys played to a packed-to-the-gills Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Tuesday, but Dan Auerbach kept talking about a basement in Akron, Ohio.

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Tom Windish Gets Partners With Future Classic Record Label
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 1:32 pm

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Booking Madness: How The Industry Is Keeping Up With ‘The 24/7/365 Siege’
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 11:00 am
Sometimes success is so overwhelming it makes you forget the toll it can take. Granted, this may sound like an overdramatic intro to a music industry feature about artist bookings, but it?s not hyperbole.

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CAA Signs The Spice Girls
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 11:00 am
The Spice Girls are once again represented by CAA in all areas worldwide. The group was represented by UTA for its reunion tour this earlier year.

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Blake Shelton Announces ‘Friends And Heroes’ Dates
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2019, 10:35 am
Blake Shelton announced another installment of his "Friends And Heroes Tour" on Wednesday. As he did in early 2019, in early 2020 the country star will hit the road with Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins for an arena tour.

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Asia News: BTS, Zedd, Typhoon Hagibis & More
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 6:46 pm

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Rolling Loud Hong Kong Canceled Amid Security Concerns In Politically Turbulent Territory
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 6:10 pm
Rolling Loud Hong Kong, the hip-hop festival brand?s first foray into Asia, has been canceled amid security concerns after months of political strife and protests in the city.

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The Who vs. The HU: Back-To-Back Who-Done-Its: Live Reviews
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 12:38 pm
Is this the set-up for a classic Abbott & Costello routine or what? The HU?s on first, then The Who?s next on a weekend of music that brought the legendary rock band and the groundbreaking Mongolian ensemble to Los Angeles for a pair of weekend shows.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among 2019 Rock Hall First-Time Nominees
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 12:19 pm
The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class.

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Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett Top 2020 Stagecoach Bill
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 12:02 pm
Stagecoach Festival shared the lineup for its 2020 edition on Tuesday. The event, billed as "California's Country Music Festival," will return to Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., April 24-26, with a lineup topped by Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church.

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Industry Vet Phillip Kovac Dies In Los Angeles
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 11:00 am
PhillipKovac, a long-time concert promoter, transportation executive, and artist manager, has died in Los Angeles after battling PSP, a rare form of Parkinson?s disease. He was put to rest Sunday (Oct. 13) in his home Rouen of Houston, Texas.

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Brandi Carlile To Open Fillmore Minneapolis With Three February Shows
 
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 9:30 am
The Fillmore Minneapolis has announced its opening shows, with three nights of Brandi Carlile Feb. 12-4 followed by a varied lineup of artists that includes Motion City Soundtrack, Ty Dolla $ign, Yung Gravy, $uicideboy$, Rufus Du Sol, Hayley Kiyoko, The Revivalists and many others in the first quarter of the year.

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Midland's Chainstitch'N'Rhinestone Cowboys
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2019, 8:00 pm
Between worn out Ts, vintage Hawaiian shirts and custom rhinestone ?n? embroidered suits from Austin?s Fort Lonesome, Jess Carson, Cam Duddy and Mark Wystrach exploded into Nashville?s backwards ball cap country like a sartorial handful of M80s.

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Midland: 21st Century Honky Tonk All-Night Band
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2019, 8:00 pm
Ed Warm heard the buzz. The dug-in Chicago promoter behind the Windy City Smokeout and Joe?s on Weed Street is known for booking ? and building ? acts on the rise; hiring Midland was a no-brainer. But the rest was a surprise.

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Midland: 21st Century Honky Tonk All-Night Band
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2019, 7:50 pm
Ed Warm heard the buzz. The dug-in Chicago promoter behind the Windy City Smokeout and Joe?s on Weed Street is known for booking ? and building ? acts on the rise; hiring Midland was a no-brainer. But the rest was a surprise.

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Agent Noël Largess Joins UTA
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2019, 7:04 pm
Agent Nol Largess has joined United Talent Agency, bringing clients Jackie Evancho, Swedish Jam Fac-tory, Break of Reality, and has added clients including Emanne Beasha and Collabro for U.S. representation.

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Yacht Rock Revue And The Eternal Sunshine Of 'Hot Dads In Tight Jeans'
 
Posted: 14 Oct 2019, 6:58 pm
The oft-maligned genre of ?Yacht Rock? ? that breed of music associated with the late 1970s and early ?80s, slickly produced, with West Coast-tinged melodies ? has snuck back into the zeitgeist with ear-wormy nostalgia and undeniable saxophone hooks.

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Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre Celebrate a Decade of Sustainability
 
Posted: 10 Oct 2019, 1:09 pm

By Xcel Energy Center Sustainability

In October, Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the launch of their unprecedented campus-wide sustainability program. In addition to reaching this significant milestone, the facilities also announced today that they have been awardedLEED Platinum Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Xcel Energy Center is the first and only NHL building in the United States to be certified LEED Platinum for Building Operations and Maintenance, and Saint Paul RiverCentre is now one of only three convention centers in the United States to possess this same certification.

To reaffirm their commitment to sustainable practices, the Minnesota Wild also announced today that they have joined theUnited Nations Sports for Climate Action– an initiative aimed at supporting and guiding sports organizations and their stakeholders in achieving global climate change goals.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary milestone, Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Minnesota Wild have a variety of initiatives planned, including:

– 10/10 Celebration:

At 10:10am on 10/10, staff will embark on a day of service, focusing on supporting the sustainability of the local communities, through storm drain adoption, urban farming, river clean up and more.A new backlit display featuring LEED Platinum logo will be unveiled near the entrance of Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre.

– The Minnesota Wild will host a ‘Green Night’on Monday, March 23, that will coincide withNHL Green?the League’s month-long annual sustainability initiative. The Wild’s ‘Green Night’ will feature sustainability themes during in-game elements, arena displays and fan contests.

– On the 10thof every month, the organization’s sustainability successes will be celebrated on the venues’ social media accounts using the hashtag #LEEDbyExample.

 

On Oct. 5, 2009, Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre formalized their goal to become a regional leader in sustainability by rolling out “50-50 in 2” – a collaborative effort to reduce the amount of trash generated across the campus by 50 percent while increasing the amount recycled to 50 percent within two years. By the two-year mark, the facilities had decreased the amount of trash generated by 59% and increased the recycling rate to 53%.

In the ten years that followed the launch of “50-50 in 2,” several other sustainability initiatives and goals concerning energy, water, purchasing, air quality, community and transportation were implemented.

– ENERGY:Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre are the no. 4 purchaser ofWindsourceenergy in Minnesota.

WATER:Since 2015, staff have removed over 12,000 pounds of trash from the Mississippi River banks as part of their Adopt-A-River commitment.

PURCHASING:82% of the venues’ office product purchases meet sustainable criteria.

AIR QUALITY:Over 200 readings were taken throughout the building in 2018, verifying that it has excellent indoor air quality.

COMMUNITY:After all food shows, a facility GREEN TEAM works side-by-side with event exhibitors to properly collect leftover food either for compost or donation to the local community food shelves.

TRANSPORTATION:40% of Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre staff commute to work by bus, bike, carpool or an efficient vehicle.

“Over the past ten years our sustainability program has grown to become part of our culture,” said Saint Paul RiverCentre General Manager and Minnesota Wild VP of Facility Administration Jim Ibister. “

I am incredibly proud of our organization’s continued commitment to sustainability and dedication to have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

Since 2009, Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre have:

– Recycled over 4,050 tonsof material.

– Composted over 2,665 tons(and donated 312 TONS of leftover food).

– Generated over12 million kWh of renewable energyon site, between District Energy’s solar thermal panels and the photovoltaic panels on the parking ramp.

– Purchased over19 million kWh of wind powerthrough Xcel Energy’sWindsourceprogram.

– Upgraded over8,600 lightsto more efficient technology.

For more information on Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre’s sustainability program, please visit theirdedicated sustainability website.

 

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Talking Climate Change with Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen
 
Posted: 8 Oct 2019, 2:25 pm

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

You wouldn?t blame second year NFL quarterback Josh Rosen if he kept quiet about climate change.

After all, the former UCLA signal caller, who was traded following his rookie season from the Arizona Cardinals to the Miami Dolphins, has a new city and offense to learn and a rebuilding team to lead.

But Rosen, who took over as the Dolphins starting QB in Week 3, believes you can walk the NFL Quarterback walk while talking the climate change talk.

GreenSportsBlog spoke with Rosen about his interest in the environment and climate change, how he talks about it with teammates, fans and media, and what he thinks it will take for there to be more climate change-fighting athletes.

 

A LIFE-LONG ENVIRONMENTALIST

Josh Rosen is surprised that so many people are, well, surprised that he?s an environmentalist.

?The environment is something I cared about since as far back as I can remember,? said theUCLAproduct. ?I grew up in Manhattan Beach in Southern California. Concern for the environment was the rule in our community rather than the exception. We learned about conservation in kindergarten. Water conservation, soil conservation, species preservation?all of it. My parents also emphasized it.?

Josh Rosen after quarterbacking the UCLA Bruins to a victory (Photo credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

St. John Bosco High Schoolin Bellflower is where Rosen?s climate change interest crystallized.

After encountering skepticism and denial from some classmates, the curious quarterback realized he didn?t know enough about the subject. Rosen started to do some digging, asking questions of climate experts and becoming an avid listener of the podcasts ofNeil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at theAmerican Museum of Natural Historyin New York City and an astrophysicist.

All of this confirmed to the young Rosen that the science was clear, and the verdict was in: Climate change is real, it is human caused, and humanity has to act aggressively, immediately and strategically, to be able offer a healthy planet to the next generations.

That meant convincing the skeptics and deniers at St. John Bosco would be easy, right?

Not so fast.

?I learned then that it?s very hard to change people?s minds on climate change, or on many things,? recalled Rosen. ?People are just very invested in being right. So, if you tell them ?I know the science, I?m right, you?re wrong? ? the person you?re trying to convince will just get defensive.?

So Rosen called an audible.

He tried to connect with deniers and skeptics on things on which they could agree ? i.e. we all need clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a habitable planet to share ? and get into the climate change discussion that way.

As I listened to the Dolphins quarterback discuss his high school climate discussions, the language and tone sounded very similar to that ofDr. Katharine Hayhoe, the climate scientist at Texas Tech and the best climate communicator I?ve ever heard. She lives in Lubbock, the most conservative city in the country with a large evangelical population that is deeply skeptical about climate change. Check out her terrificTED Talkbelow and her wonderful video seriesGlobal Weirdingto see what I mean.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe delivers her 17 minute TED Talk

Like Rosen, Dr. Hayhoe, named byTime Magazinein 2014 as one of the100 most influential people in the world, emphasizes finding common ground and shared values with doubters and deniers. Her message, tailored to the Lubbock community, is about ?tending to God?s Green Earth?.

Another Hayhoe maxim: One of the most important things one can do to fight climate change is to talk about it.

 

TALKING THE CLIMATE TALK?

Rosen continued to do just that while at UCLA.

?Some guys on the team questioned climate but I really enjoyed having a good back and forth,? Rosen shared. ?Again, I would try to listen and then focus on the solutions, on a healthier, cleaner, cooler environment. These were positive discussions for the most part because my teammates wanted to learn.?

Speaking of learning, NFL scouts had been studying the 6? 5? Rosen as a potential franchise quarterback practically from the time he set foot on the Westwood campus, attracted by his rifle arm and other physical talents, a high football IQ and his aforementioned curiosity. The Arizona Cardinals selected him with thetenth pick of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Things didn?t work out in the desert: a rough rookie year was followed by the firing of the Cardinals? head coach. Then the team used the first overall pick in this year?s draft to select Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.

A trade was inevitable, and theMiami Dolphinswere the perfect partner on two levels.

  1. They were quarterback-needy and,
  2. Miami/Miami Beach is the U.S. city that is, by many metrics, the most at risk to climate change-caused sea level rise.

 

Rosen certainly has a lot on his plate football-wise: Making the offense installed by new offensive coordinator Chad O?Shea second nature, showing Dolphins management over the rest of the season that he is the man to lead the team up from their 0-4 abyss, and proving he is the team?s long term solution at football?s most important position.

Rosen throws his first touchdown pass as a Miami Dolphin last Sunday to DaVante Parker

But that won?t stop him from speaking out on the environment and climate change.

And the Dolphins? owner is fine with it.

?I?ve already spoken to Stephen Ross, and he told me he?s very concerned about the environment and is interested in doing something about it,? Rosen shared. That includes contracting with4Ocean, which funds the removal of trash from the oceans and coastlines by selling bracelets made of recycled materials, and also provides the Dolphins with reusable water bottles.

Josh Rosen and fellow 4Ocean volunteers help with beach cleanup (Photo credit: 4Ocean)

It should be noted that Ross, who made a good chunk of his fortune in the New York City real estate market,hosted a much-publicized $250,000 per person fundraiser in the Hamptons to support the re-election of Donald J. Trumpthis summer. The President regularly denies the reality of climate change, pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and has overseen the reversal of dozens of executive orders and federal programs designed to protect the environment.

 

?AND WALKING THE CLIMATE WALK

For his part, Rosen is an enthusiastic endorser of adidas?Parley for the Oceansapparel made from recycled materials ? he recently visited their Portland, Oregon headquarters to learn about how the garments are made.

It?s a safe bet that Rosen is the only NFL quarterback to make the environment and climate change such a prime focus of his off-field activities. Why is he such a rarity?

?Athletes, like most people, don?t see that climate change is affecting them and othersright now,? emphasized Rosen. ?If they even think the about the issue, athletes might see it as a problem that will impact their grand kids. So, they need to be educated about climate change to see that it is happening now, and that there are real solutions available right now.?

The Dolphins? QB is excited about some of those solutions ? he admires the way Elon Musk has innovated withTesla. Rosen is convinced that others will take the baton from Musk and turn EVs into the dominant form of vehicular transportation. He?s also interested in learning more about carbon pricing ? a tax or fee applied to fossil fuel production that will accelerate the movement of producers and consumers from oil, gas and coal and towards renewables and energy efficiency.

?I haven?t done much research on it yet so I?m not sure about which [carbon pricing] approach is best,? acknowledged Rosen. ?But I do know fossil fuels are not priced properly ? air pollution and climate change aren?t accounted for in the price, for example. Once that is corrected, renewables will be much more competitive and will grow enough to eventually solve our fossil fuel problems.?

The $54 trillion question ? the estimated global cost of keeping average global temperature increase versus pre-industrial levels at 1.5 C ? is: Will humanity act aggressively enough and in time to avoid climate change?s most catastrophic consequences?

?I believe most people will see the hundred-year floods, the massive droughts, the political instability, the climate change-infused mass migrations as our responsibility as humans to do something about,? Rosen offered. ?I believe we will make the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Will we do it fast enough? I don?t know. I will do my best to do my part.?

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FIS Signs on to UN Climate Change Initiative
 
Posted: 8 Oct 2019, 1:46 pm

By ESPN W Sports

The International Ski Federation has signed onto a U.N. climate change initiative in a move some view as a welcome about-face from its president, whose comments about environmentalists alarmed leaders in the ski and snowboard community.

FIS announced Wednesday that it had joined the U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework and made it part of its sustainability policy.

The announcement comes seven months after the athletes’ group Protect Our Winters (POW) and the world’s largest snowboard maker called for FIS President Gian Franco Kasper’s resignation after he spoke of “so-called climate change” and said he would rather deal with dictators than environmentalists.

Kasper later apologized. On Wednesday, in a statement announcing FIS’ sign-on to the climate change document, he said: “This is an important and clear step for FIS to play its role in combating climate change.”

POW said that based on a campaign it started, more than 9,000 people wrote letters to FIS demanding serious action on climate change, as well as Kasper’s resignation.

“We are encouraged to see that the FIS listened to the concerns of our community and hope this is the first step in FIS leveraging its platform to address the crisis with the urgency and seriousness it deserves,” POW executive director Mario Molina said.

Donna Carpenter, the co-CEO of Burton Snowboards, also applauded the move.

“It’s encouraging to see that the FIS is no longer denying climate change and has taken an initial step toward being part of the solution,” she said.

The announcement came on the same day a U.N. climate panel released a report saying, among other things, that Arctic June snow cover has shrunk more than half since 1967 and Arctic sea ice in September is down almost 13% per decade since 1979.

That melting has corresponded with shorter winters across the globe, which profoundly affects winter athletes who need snow and glaciers, which are also rapidly melting, for training and competitions.

Eighty sports organizations, including 14 international sports federations such as FIS, and organizing committees for the next three Olympics have signed onto the Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The document calls on signatories to promote five core principles, including reducing the overall climate impact from sports and advocating for climate action through their communications.

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Critics Corner: Where’s the climate leadership?
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2019, 5:43 pm

By Madeleine Orr, The Sustainability Report

Organisations are signing up to the Sports for Climate Action Framework and becoming members of the Green Sports Alliance, but very few are taking genuine climate action, says Madeleine Orr

Last month, ahead of Climate Week 2019, the signatories of the Sports for Climate Action Framework met in Lausanne to discuss the framework and their progress. So now seems an appropriate time to bring up a concern I?ve had for a while: the sport sector isn?t a sustainable one. The overwhelming majority of organisations in the sport sector aren?t sustainable. And it doesn?t appear that we?re improving much.

Sustainability in the sport sector is similar to the talented young rookie with bags of potential, but with very little delivery. As a sector, we discuss sustainability as though we?re already performing at a high level. Like we?re out there changing the world, leading the charge. The reality is we?re not.

Many who work as sustainability agents in the sport sector know this to be true. Many have been quietly advocating for more climate action and lobbying their bosses for months, maybe years. Many are toiling relentlessly on various projects, inching toward zero-waste goals, moving the needlejust a littleon whatever initiative their boss has approved that will bring about some positive publicity and check the ?we did something? box. But a significant proportion of sports leaders usually fail to acknowledge the problem is far bigger and runs far deeper than a zero-waste band aid can fix.

It is correct that we recognise and commend these sustainability warriors for their work. But although their organisation may become members of the Green Sports Alliance or sign up to the Sports for Climate Action Framework, we?re not seeing much in the way of genuine climate action.

It?s almost 2020. It can no longer be considered ?sustainability? nor ?climate action? to recycle, switch to LEDs, and install hand dryers and sensor-activated faucets. These actions should simply be part of the cost of doing business.

Where?s the major energy efficiency, energy conservation, or green energy shift? And I?m not talking about a windmill that can power 5 lights in a building, or a few solar panels that are installed for show. I?m talking about 100% green-energy power, 100% of the time, in every facility. That would be leadership.

Where is the elimination of all plastic from facilities? No more plastic lids, plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic cutlery, or any other single use plastic. That would be leadership.

Where are the organisations cutting their transport emissions by half? Or repurposing tailgating areas into parks? Or partnering with public transit and rewarding its use? Perhaps we could start seeing teams setting up shuttle buses. Where are the teams that are sending coaches and athletes to nearby games on buses and trains, not flights? And who?s out there buying the carbon offsets forevery single flighttaken by any person in the organisation and incentivising fans to follow suit? That would be leadership.

Where are the organisations sending all their leftover prepared food to local charities, or schools, to feed hungry people and reduce food waste? Where are the organisations partnering with farms to send food waste to hogs? Where are the organisations sourcing ingredients from local farms, or all from within a reasonable travel distance? Where are the organisations offering good, reasonably priced vegan and vegetarian menus, with just one or two meat-based options, instead of the reverse? That would be leadership.

Where are the organisations demanding all these same actions of their sponsors, as a basic barrier to entry? If the sponsor can?t be sustainable, they can?t be part of the fun. That would be leadership.

Token sustainability initiatives

There are sport organisations doing these things. But often, only one or two at a time. The industry has adopted and embraced token sustainability initiatives as the norm, rather than implementing systemic change. And if they?re doing more, they?re not telling us: as of now, only five professional sport organisations in North Americaregularlypublish a sustainability report, compared with 87% of S&P corporations (McCullough & Pelcher). This makes sense from a business standpoint. Currently, there is little pressure for sports organisations to do better.

Sport ? in this case, unfortunately ? is insulated by fans? adoration for their team. It?s unlikely fans will stop going to games or watching the game on TV because the business is unsustainable. They just want to have fun. So, the pressure to be more sustainable as a sport organisation likely won?t come from consumers.

To date, pressure also hasn?t come from mainstream media. They don?t care about sustainability in the facility, or how many fans used public transit. They?ll worry about climate change-related issues when they report on the government?s Green New Deal, or Climate Week. But sport? They can give it a pass.

So, who?s left? Who is supposed to call the sport sector out on this? Who is going to throw a yellow flag on the seemingly rampant greenwashing happening all across this industry?

The recent-published Sports for Climate Action Framework is supposed to help. The two objectives of the framework are to achieve a clear trajectory for global sports community to combat climate change, including through measurement and reporting mechanisms, and to use sports as a unifying tool to create solidarity among citizens for climate action. This sounds great on paper, but what are the outcomes so far?

But more concerning is the notion that several sport organisations, most of which are private, are attending international meetings and signing agreements akin to the Paris Agreement. This is a model of governance that was designed for leaders of countries, not companies. A private organisation can decide to be more sustainable just because it wants to. And it can command sustainable behaviors of its employees, just because the leadership prioritizes the health and well-being of the planet, their children and their fans.

Rallying around a decision and a goal in a firm is far simpler than passing bills through senate, motivating an entire country of voters, and shifting economies. But somehow, that?s happening faster in many nations than sports organisations are figuring out that sustainability is important. The sport industry doesn?t need more meetings or international accords, it needs sustainability training camps, game plans, and perhaps some new leadership.

It?s time to decide, as a community, to stop accepting ?business as usual? approaches. Action will cost something. Change isn?t cheap. But waiting is expensive.

If sport continues to do nothing about climate change, it could put everyone out of business.

Madeleine Orr is co-director of Sport Ecology Group and PhD candidate at University of Minnesota

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Protecting our Planet: Sports Brands
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2019, 1:32 pm

By sportanddev.org

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How can sport be part of the solution? This sixth article focuses on companies producing sports gear and apparel integrating environmental sustainability into their operations.

It?s never difficult to spot a sports brand: the t-shirt of the person next to you in the gym, the shorts of the person playing football in the park, the shoes of fellow commuters on the train, the cap of the person you pass in the street.Like any manufacturing company, every stage of the production line has an impact on the environment ? and therefore has potential for intervention to integrate sustainable practices. From the design to the creation, production, transport and sales of sports products, companies can implement practices to manage their environmental impact.

The bigger the company, the bigger the value chain and the bigger the impact. One of the largest sports brands globally is also making changes to its practices to work towards environmental sustainability: Adidas.

In 2015, Adidas joined theUN Climate Neutral Nowinitiative and committed to taking action to become carbon neutral. The initiative commits members to measuring, reducingand compensating their gas emissions. Since then, Adidas has worked to minimise its environmental impact all along the value chain.

Adidas?s Sustainability Roadmap 2020sets out ambitious goals for the company in six key areas, three of which are centred aroundproduct practices and the environment(the other three focus on people ? empowering, improving health, and inspiring):

  • Addressingwater efficiency and quality, which includes working with suppliers to apply high environmental standards throughout the supply chain, phasing out hazardous chemicals and moving to 100% sustainable chemistry
  • Increasing the use ofsustainable materialsin the production, products and stores, ultimately moving towardsclosed-loop systems. This is exemplified in the company?sParley for the Oceansrange of products, which are made from collected ocean plastic that is recycled into thread for sportswear
  • Reducingenergy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, which applies to:
    • Adidas?s own operations, which are addressed through the Green Company programme that targets the company?s sites around the world (stores, administration offices, manufacturing sites and distribution centres)
    • The supply chain, by working closely with suppliers to apply the same environmental principles as Adidas has at its own sites and through environmentally friendly initiatives such as sourcing sustainable cotton
    • Policymakers and industry allies, which sees Adidas engage with stakeholders and partners to improve the industry?s practices as a whole; for example, Adidas is a founding member of theSustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

There are other companies standing alongside Adidas in making efforts to preserve the environment through their practices:

  • The North Faceoffers lifetime warranties for their products to minimise the amount of products that end up in landfills and to reduce the need for replacement products to be bought new. The company has also started a ?Clothes the Loop? initiative that allows people to drop off their unwanted footwear or clothing, which will be repurposed or recycled for the raw materials. Amongother notable initiatives, the Hot Planet/Cool Athletes programme has athletes connecting with and educating studentsabout the effects of climate change on the environment
  • Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,Asicshas been running amass clothing drive, whereby apparel will be recycled into elite sportswear for Japan?s national Olympians and Paralympians. The company focuses on ascientific approach, using this as the starting point to integrate sustainability into its products; for example, it has adopted solution dyeing, which uses 50% less water to colour apparel
  • Patagoniaaims tobecome carbon neutralby 2025 ? across its whole business and supply chain. The company isworking towardsthis in a number of ways, including using only renewable energy in stores across the world by 2020, using only recycled or renewable materials for products by 2025, investing in carbon capture projects (such as reforestation) and encouragingemployee activism, investing insynthetic microfibre pollutionresearch and development, and further developing the company?sWorn Wearprogramme, which helps extend the lives of Patagonia products by facilitating the repair, reuse, resale and recycling of products

By committing to practicing environmental sustainability, these brands are among those that are working to preserve the natural environment that we rely on to practice sports ? whether that is the water we swim in, the mountains we climb or the trails we run on. But all of these things are still in danger ? climbing routes aredisappearing, summer sports aresuffering, and air quality isworsening(to name a few).

This series has examined the big players in the sports world that are setting an example for how we can adopt environmentally friendly practices to help mitigate climate change. But what about the players that comprise the bulk of the sporting world ? everyday sports people? Find out in our final article of the series, which will be published in two weeks.

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Passion for Winter Sports can Help Fight Climate Change, Organizers say
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2019, 3:37 am

By Reuters

Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fans and players of winter sports from skiing to hockey could be marshalled in efforts to fight climate change, from election campaigning to calculating the impact of global warming on ice-skating ponds, organizers said on Wednesday.

Skiing, ice hockey and outdoor skating are all affected by climate change, but can also be a resource to fight back, said organizers of efforts to deploy sports in the battle against global warming at a meeting in New York.

The United Nations hosted a climate action summit this week at the behest of Secretary-General Antnio Guterres to launch more ambitious ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut waste and move to renewable energy sources.

The countless sports fans around the world could be a force in combating global warming, said Geert Hendriks, head of Sport and Sustainability International, a Swiss-based nonprofit group.

?It is important that we use sport to talk about climate action,? he said.

?Our beautiful sports, whether it?s skiing, or hockey or speed skating, are at risk … but also we have massive opportunities to use the power of sports to advance all these conversations.?

Hendriks said the number of ski resorts in the Alps with reliable snow supplies had dropped to 176 from 193 a decade ago.

?I don?t have to tell you what?s going to happen if that keeps going. The Alps will no longer be a ski resort,? he said.

The warning came as authorities in the Alps closed roads and evacuated some huts over fears a section of a glacier on Europe?s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, could collapse. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the area every year to ski or snowboard.

In the United States, sports tourism adds some $20 billion to the annual economy.

But the length of the snow season in the American West has declined 34 days since the early 1980s, according to scientific research.

The climate advocacy group Protect Our Winters, based in the western state of Colorado, aims to involve skiers, snowboarders, climbers, runners and other athletes in state politics around the country, said Winston Binch, a board member.

?That group of people can have a disproportionate impact on elections,? Binch said. ?It?s about getting climate deniers out of office. It?s about passing bills. It?s about getting people elected.?

The outdoor sports industry creates so much revenue and so many jobs that it can wield a message, he said.

?When you make the pitch about jobs and economic impact, more people listen.?

On a local scale, a project called Rink Watch has enlisted amateur ice skaters, mostly in Canada, to report where and when they play on outdoor rinks and ponds, said Omar Mitchell, vice president for sustainability at the National Hockey League.

The data is compiled to measure changes to the ice that could be attributable to global warming.

?It?s empowering people who may not be environmentalists to say, ?You know what? I care about where I play. I care about the communities where I play,?? Mitchell said.

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#GreenSportsDay – UBC
 
Posted: 6 Oct 2019, 6:31 pm

Times Higher Education Ranks UBC #1 in Climate Change Action and Sustainable Cities

By UBC

The University of British Columbia is ranked number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

?UBC?s achievements in these rankings is a clear reflection of the great work of our students, faculty and staff who combine their expertise to ensure UBC is a leader in creating vibrant, sustainable and connected communities and campuses,? said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono.

THE University Impact Rankings, in which UBC ranks top three overall amongst 500 participating institutions across 75 countries and six continents, aims to measure universities? social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on theUnited Nations? Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. These SDGs include promoting good health and well-being and quality education; achieving gender equality and reducing inequalities; fostering innovation; building sustainable cities and communities and achieving responsible consumption and production; and tackling climate change.

?These rankings not only reflect how UBC has worked to dramatically reduce its own climate impact for more than 20 years, but also the importance of engaging in partnerships and collaborations with NGOs and provincial and federal government to develop broader sustainability approaches and solutions. We are proud of all of our researchers, students and staff who have been involved in this work,? said Vice President, Research and Innovation Gail Murphy.

UBC is a community where over 80,000 people live, work, learn and play, and visit each day. The campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna not only focus on providing a sustainable environment for its residents and workforce, they also play a key role in the cultural life of its cities and communities, providing public access to buildings, libraries, museums, green spaces, and natural heritage sites of cultural significance.

Despite an increase in both building space and student enrolment, UBC has also achieved a 34 per cent reduction in GHG emissions from a 2007 baseline. UBC established its Climate Action Plan that set some of North America?s most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets in 2010. UBC is on-track to reduce GHG emissions by 67 per cent as of 2021, and targeting 100 per cent by 2050. The university has also reduced campus water consumption by 50 per cent since 1999, and reduced natural gas consumption by 30 per cent in the past five years.

UBC campuses also serve as living labs for sustainability research and knowledge, and equipping learners to become responsible global citizens and agents for change.

?We?re very fortunate at UBC to have a committed campus community and access to innovative sustainability research and infrastructure, the combination of which is allowing the university to take big strides in reducing its footprint,? said John Metras, UBC?s associate vice president, facilities.

Metras noted the completion of the $90-million hot water district energy system as a key achievement leading to water use reduction, operational savings as well as a 30 per cent drop in gas consumption for heating. The cost of repairing the older system would have been $190 million.

?The Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility (BRDF) is another example of how we are pushing sustainability initiatives forward,? said John Madden, director of sustainability and engineering with Campus and Community Planning.

?The BRDF uses clean wood waste to generate energy for 25 per cent of campus heating and hot water needs (100 per cent in summer), and reduces GHG emissions. The facility has displaced around 8,500 tons of emitted fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide annually since 2012,? said Madden.

UBC also ranked notably well with respect to implementing global partnership for sustainable development. UBC faculty, staff and students and private, public and NGO partners use the University?s physical infrastructure and research capabilities to test, study, teach, and apply lessons learned, technologies created, and policies developed to address global challenges.

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#GreenSportsDay – Delaware North
 
Posted: 6 Oct 2019, 2:39 pm

Delaware North

SunTrust Park
Delaware North and SunTrust Park, home of Major League Baseball?s Atlanta Braves, increased its efforts to expand and improve waste diversion by implementing an organic waste and glass-recycling program and successfully diverted an extra 101 tons from the landfill collectively. To date more than 340 tons were diverted from the landfill to exceed our 2019 goal of diverting 336.5 tons, a 25% increase from last year!

Progressive Field
Delaware North at Progressive Field implemented a reusable cup program for associates to reduce waste from disposable plastic cups, lids, and straws. Since the beginning of this year?s season, over 1,000 cups are in use!

AMALIE Arena
AMALIE Arena?s year-round operational Hydroponic Garden is equivalent to a one-acre garden. Our horticulturist grows Heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, cilantro, dill, oregano and parsley. We garnish platters and desserts with edible flowers including marigolds, pansies and dianthus.

TD Garden
TD Garden is an anchor tenant in Clean Energy Collective?s collective 1.3-megawatt community-shared solar photovoltaic (PV) cell to reduce electricity costs and increase access to renewable energy sources.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Five U.S. convention center highlights
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

A look at major convention center projects in Green Bay,  King of Prussia, New York, San Antonio and San Diego.

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

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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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Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.

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13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?

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Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.

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Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.

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Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.

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Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.

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Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.

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Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.

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Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 4:50 pm
Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.  

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Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.

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Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.

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Welcome to the New Billboard
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.

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Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.

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Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed.  “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.

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'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.

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Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
 
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with Billboard.biz about the deal.

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Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:44 am
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.

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NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.

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Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.

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Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 4:46 pm
Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.

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Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.

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HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.

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Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.

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Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.

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Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 9:38 pm
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.

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LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.

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SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 2:21 pm
SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012, a 58% increase over 2011, the organization announced Wednesday

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Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.

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Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.

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Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

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Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 am
Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.

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Universal Music Japan's Kazuhiko Koike To Head EMI Japan
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 8:07 am
Universal Music Japan today announced that its President and CEO Kazuhiko Koike will assume on the role of president/CEO of EMI Music Japan as well, replacing longtime CEO Hitoshi Namekata.

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Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 8:39 pm
A new lawsuit objects to the way that the music giant has licensed famous compositions and booked revenue.

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Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.

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Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.

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Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.

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Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:05 am
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.

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

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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
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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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