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How Sports & Live Music Combine To Create Slam-Dunk Experiences
 
Posted: 7 May 2021, 4:47 pm
As the live industry eagerly gears up to finally welcome in-person tours back on the road this summer and fall, the sports world has already began hosting kick-ass musical performances, giving artists greater exposure and opportunities on stage to do what they do best.    

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Dierks Bentley Lines Up ‘Beers On Me’ Amphitheater Tour
 
Posted: 7 May 2021, 4:03 pm
Drinks are on Dierks Bentley this summer, as the country star is hitting 22 amphitheaters across the U.S. with the ?Beers On Me Tour.? The full tour is being promoted by Live Nation.

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Weekly Tour Roundup: Brandy Clark, Brad Paisley, Pepe Aguilar & More
 
Posted: 7 May 2021, 1:14 pm

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Asia News: Strawberry Music Festival, Japan Jam, Avex Group & More
 
Posted: 7 May 2021, 1:06 pm

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Australia News: Festivals, APRAS, Loadin.com & More
 
Posted: 7 May 2021, 12:57 pm

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Week Of 05/06/2021
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 9:02 pm

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49ers Community | EDU Digital Playbook Now Available in Spanish
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 6:30 pm

By San Francisco 49ers

To help parents and teachers navigate distance learning, 49ers EDU presented by Chevron launched their Digital Playbook to provide STEAM lessons and activities to students at the K-8 level. The EDU team is also tackling the digital divide by delivering over 10,500 printed versions of the Digital Playbook to teachers whose students do not have access to computers. 49ers EDU plans to build upon their Playbook Video Review Series ? where staff teach the lessons and provide examples of how STEAM exists in everyday life ? by adding more videos in Spanish. All content is Common Core Standard and Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) aligned making it easy for teachers to integrate the lessons into their curriculum.

Today the Digital Playbook has been launched in a Spanish version, available for access on the team’s website.

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Live Nation Posts Q1 Loss Of $307M But Optimistic For '21 And '22 Concert Seasons
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 6:28 pm
Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $307.2 million for the first fiscal quarter of the year, down from the same period in 2020 but with bright spots including sold-out festivals, continuing tour announcements for the rest of 2021 and 2022 tours so far outpacing 2019.

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Kathy Willard To Retire; Joe Berchtold To Take Over As Live Nation Entertainment CFO
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 5:59 pm
Live Nation Entertainment CFO Kathy Willard will retire after nearly 25 years with the company, effective June 30, it was announced on the company's quarterly earnings call today.

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Justin Bieber Plots ‘Justice World Tour’ For 2022
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 3:53 pm
Justin Bieber has announced rescheduled and new dates for the ?Justice World Tour,? which now consists of 52 arena dates. The tour is being promoted by AEG Presents.

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Chicago Launches Concert Series For Fully Vaccinated People
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 2:55 pm
Chicago will see the return of cultural events this summer, including a concert series solely for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, officials announced Tuesday.

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AEG Presents Forms Climate Positive Touring Team
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 2:07 pm
AEG Presents announced today that it has created a Climate Positive Touring team dedicated to helping the company and touring industry reduce carbon emissions towards an eventual goal of net zero.

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Boxoffice Insider: Dionne – An Enduring Legend & A Venue Favorite Through The Years
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 2:00 pm
Dionne Warwick?s long, acclaimed musical career that began early in the 1960s includes a live performance history that stretches beyond the boundaries of Pollstar?s archives. In the four decades we have tracked concert ticket sales, however, the R&B veteran has amassed an impressive array of box office highlights.

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Range Media Partners Adds Three Executives To Music Team
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 2:00 pm
The music team at Range Media Partners continues to swell. The management company, founded in September 2020, announced the addition of three new executive hires ? Cameron Lutz (SVP of Strategic Marketing and Content Innovation), Leah Bublis (VP of Sync and Soundtrack) and Tania Cruz (Product Manager) ? on Thursday.

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ICM Accused Of Employee Mistreatment In L.A. Times Expose
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 1:06 pm
A lengthy Los Angeles Times article published yesterday (May 5) details allegations of employee mistreatment at ICM Partners since 2017. 

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Nick Meinema, Greg Baker Open Action Entertainment Collaborative In Nashville
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 1:00 pm
Agency vet Nick Meinema, in partnership with artist manager Greg Baker, has opened Action Entertainment Collaborative, a new shop in Nashville that will provide touring, management and consulting services to a growing roster of artists. AEC will also represent artists in Canada through a partnership with Paquin Entertainment.

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Steven Page On Building A Community 'Live From Home'
 
Posted: 6 May 2021, 9:00 am
Steven Page, former frontman and founder of beloved Canadian Gen X and nerd-rock staple Barenaked Ladies, recently completed his 50th ?Live From Home? livestream show and, in the process, discovered himself and his community in a new, more personal way.

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Peter Shapiro & More Speakers Added To Pollstar Live! 2021; Digital Pass Now Available
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 5:12 pm
More speakers are confirmed for June?s Pollstar Live! conference including Dayglo Presents founder Peter Shapiro, who owns and operates Brooklyn Bowl ? the family of nightclubs with a New York City flagship and branches in Las Vegas and Nashville ? as well as the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.

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PlayBook Artists: New European/UK Agency Launched
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 1:12 pm
Booking agents Eleanor McGuinness, Nikita Lavrinenko and Paul McGivern today announced details of their newly established agency, PlayBook Artists. The new venture brings together the agents' combined 45 years of music industry experience as well as their roster of artists that includes Angel Olsen, Weyes Blood, Son Lux, Andy Shauf, This Is The Kit and Cut Copy, amongst others.

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Worthy Pastures: Glastonbury Turns Festival Site Into Campground
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 12:34 pm
With no Glastonbury Festival taking place for a second year running, promoters Michael and Emily Eavis decided to turn Worthy Farm into a giant campground over the school holidays.

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YellowHeart's Josh Katz Talks NFTs & Ticketing (Live Tech)
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 12:24 pm
Despite being a slow-moving, somewhat entrenched sector of the live entertainment business, the ticketing world has seen innovation in recent years with dynamic pricing, paperless tickets, various scalping prevention methods, advanced tools for event organizers and more.  

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Target Date But No Insurance: A Quarter Of UK Festivals Canceled
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 12:01 pm
More than a quarter of the UK's festivals with a capacity of over 5,000 have been cancelled due to the government's inaction on insurance, an evaluation done by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) finds.

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Andy Duggan Joins WME Music Department In London
 
Posted: 5 May 2021, 6:28 am
WME announced that Andy Duggan has joined the company as an agent in the music department, based in London.

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UTA Announces Over 100 Promotions Across More Than 30 Departments
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 8:55 pm
After announcing its largest partner class ever in late 2020, UTA has kept the good times going with news today that the company has made over 100 promotions ? marking the largest promotions class in UTA?s 30-year history.

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Wasserman Music Partners With Twitch On Indie Music Channel
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 3:18 pm

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Dionne Warwick: Finding New Fans As Queen Of Twitter, She Continues Blazing Trails
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 2:11 pm
Mother?s Day is nearly upon us and, while you should spend time with Mom, you can also spend some of the day with your Auntie. 

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Billie Eilish, Post Malone, J Balvin, A$AP Rocky To Headline Governors Ball, Now Booked For Citi Field
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 9:30 am
New York City festival Governors Ball announced its lineup and a venue change on Tuesday. Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, J Balvin and Post Malone will headline the event, which will take place at the Citi Field complex in Queens, rather than Governors Ball's longtime home on the city's Randall's Island. Rather than its typical early June dates, Governors Ball will take place Sept. 24-26 this year.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark Forced To Cancel 2021 Edition
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 5:49 am
The next major European festival has been force to cancel for a second year in a row: Roskilde in Denmark.

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UK Grassroots Music Venues Confirm Thousands Of Shows As Lockdown Eases
 
Posted: 4 May 2021, 4:23 am
The UK's Music Venue Trust (MVT) conducted a survey amongst the more than 900 members of the Music Venues Alliance (MVA), who confirmed 2,500 shows from May 17, when the government's next phase of easing lockdown begins.

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How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season
 
Posted: 3 May 2021, 8:26 pm

By Kristen Fulmer via Sustainable Brands

A smart, win-win, local partnership will enable the team to provide a combination of sustainable tech and healthier condiment options for a sustainable and COVID-safe solution.

Providing a better fan experience while limiting operational cost, reducing waste, and leveraging local and veteran-owned businesses to do it: The Washington Nationals (the ?Nats?) have hit a ?triple? ? as in a triple-bottom-line partnership that is environmentally, socially and economically more responsible.

The ?It just makes sense? partnership

When the pandemic hit and bars closed, Sestra Systems ? based in nearby Virginia ? expanded from beverage dispensing into an any-liquid serving technology. In the last year, Sestra?s no-touch, smart dispensing technology has been used for coffee, hand sanitizer and now for condiments ? which means an automatic ketchup, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce dispenser without concern for potential COVID transmission.

Pre-pandemic, Nats Park was already serving local beer and wine through Sestra?s taps. Leveraging the opportunity to rethink operations in concessions, Sestra and the Nats explored other no-touch solutions; during that COVID-response process, Sestra contacted no-sugar-added condiment company True Made Foods to partner on a new condiment solution. That was the start of the magic triple-bottom-line partnership.

All of a sudden, the Nationals had a turnkey solution that was not only COVID-safe ? reducing the need for any shared touchpoint between staff or fans ? but also provided a solution to avoid single-use ketchup packets and minimize added sugar intake for fans, just in time for Opening Day. In fact, this Sestra X True Made Foods partnership is already eliminating approximately 16,000 single-use ketchup packets per game, which is reducing approximately 96,000 grams of sugar per game ? and that?s with a 25 percent stadium capacity limit.

In full capacity at Nats Park, the partnership is projected to avoid over 5,000,000 ketchup packets per season, equating to the elimination of the amount of sugar in almost 800,000 sodas.

?When people think of sports teams, they think of traditional corporate partnerships. We?re starting to rethink that at the Nationals,? said Jonathan Stahl, Washington Nationals? VP of Experience & Hospitality. ?Why wouldn?t we leverage two local brands that complement each other to help us respond to COVID while also reducing waste and promoting healthy options??

The Nats are already using compostable or recyclable food containers; so, this simple solution mitigates another huge waste stream ? since single-use condiment packets are not easily recycled and almost always end up in the landfill, even if they?re still full.

Triple-bottom-line solutions

Sustainability is not new to the Nats: ?We?ve moved to compostable and recyclable containers, shifted as much print signage and office material as possible to digital, and recently installed other touchless features that minimize overuse,? Stahl says.

Additionally, Nats Park was the first LEED-certified MLB park; and the operations team continues to integrate new solutions that reduce water consumption, energy use and food waste. Even before COVID, Sestra had already helped to reduce the park?s wine bottle consumption by almost 200 per game. This year, the Nats won the NL East Green Glove Award for their efforts and continue to seek new solutions to lead in sustainability.

The partnership between Sestra, True Made Foods and the Nationals is a prime example of how sports organizations can leverage partnerships to showcase their values and engage with fans through innovative, sustainable actions. The response to COVID begs a rethink of operations, providing an opportunity for the team to reconsider ways to engage with fans, leverage partnerships, or inspire more efficient processes.

All around the world, professional sports venues are planning for the return to full occupancy. Other professional teams can replicate these triple-bottom-line solutions in their clubs ? whether plugging in the Sestra+True Made Foods solution directly; or by tapping into other solutions that not only tackle COVID concerns, but also solve for environmental and social challenges.

This case study should serve as a call to action for other pro teams to think: How can we plug in partners and solutions that make us say, “That just made too much sense not to do it?”

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StubHub To Refund Canceled Events After Pandemic Complaints
 
Posted: 3 May 2021, 6:18 pm
StubHub is offering some customers cash refunds for tickets to events that were canceled during the pandemic, creating an exception to a no-refunds policy it adopted in March 2020 to the dismay of many customers, the company told The Associated Press.

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The Flaming Lips Announce North American 2021-2022 Dates
 
Posted: 3 May 2021, 4:59 pm
The Flaming Lips are ready to venture beyond Oklahoma City and go beyond the space bubbles with dates announced today for a North American tour that?s scheduled in November 2021 and March-May 2022.

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Michigan State is taking steps to make sporting events more sustainable
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2021, 11:57 am

By Jonus Cottrell, Asha Dawsey, Lindsay McCoy, Danneisha McDole, Nora Mougharbel

Scrap Sparty stands at the entrance of the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center. While Michigan State has a sustainability plan for campus, the athletic department doesn?t yet have its own plan across all sporting facilities.

It?s one of the most common chants from fans at Michigan State University sporting events: Go green.

But Michigan State may be behind in the race to make its athletics department environmentally sustainable. Big Ten rivals Ohio State University and University of Michigan have established zero waste plans for their large sporting events and tailgates ? diverting 90% of waste from landfills by recycling, repurposing and composting ? while the Spartans lack an athletics-wide sustainability action plan.

Michigan State officials say there are a growing number of efforts in the athletic department to be environmentally conscious. But the lack of a full sustainability plan for athletics is a missed opportunity to get Spartan fans to be environmentally conscious, advocates say.

?Research has shown if you have a zero-waste event at a sporting event, that?s an educational opportunity where you?re getting these people that are beyond campus (onto) campus to think about (sustainability),? said Adam Zwickle, an associate professor in MSU?s Department of Community Sustainability whose work includes how to encourage environmentally sustainable behaviors. ?That?s the actual real impact ? to get people to be mindful of their actions.?

The thousands of fans that attend Michigan State University football games at Spartan Stadium can general a lot of trash. MSU?s athletics department doesn?t yet have an environmental sustainability plan across the department to handle issues like recycling, energy use and waste reduction.

?Green? efforts increasing

MSU has pushed a campus waste campaign since 2016, providing recycling bins around campus for paper, cardboard, plastic and metals for students, faculty, staff and visitors to use.

But the athletic department doesn?t have its own plan for sports facilities. MSU Director of Sustainability Amy Butler said the department has been taking steps to become more environmentally sustainable.

?We?re not in a position right now to do a full-scale campaign, but we?ve been doing smaller pieces and starting to grow the knowledge and awareness organically to prepare us for in the future where we could take a much broader stance,? Butler said.

So far, the department has worked with different teams, such as football and women?s basketball, to host games focused on sustainability in efforts to spread its message to fans. Fans who participated in recycling efforts at certain home games received promotional items.

?One of the missed opportunities is the messaging, and being very proactive in implementing sustainable measures, encouraging people to use less,? Butler said. ?So it?s not always what we are recycling at the end but how people are being more responsible as they participate in these events.

?The events become an education process as well, to help communicate to the public that every individual person has a role and responsibility to this earth, and to the venue that they?re enjoying.?

Butler said that leadership in the athletic department is excited to be working with the sustainability department to make events greener on campus.

Engaging fans & tailgaters

According to MSU?s Residence Education and Housing Services, the university?s diversion rate is 50%. This is much higher than the statewide average of 15%.

However, the recycling rate for home football games is lower than both of those numbers, at an average of 12 to 15%, said Dave Smith, Michigan State?s recycling coordinator.

To get that percentage up, Smith said the recycling center places about 80 containers inside Spartan Stadium and another 200 to 300 containers outside the stadium for tailgates. Smith said he wishes the recycling center could provide containers for every tailgate on campus, but that would require more resources than the operation has.

Smith said that the recycling center also provides post-game support by having a crew go around campus with landscape services to collect waste left by tailgaters.

The athletics department has made an effort to incorporate ideas of sustainability over the last few years, Smith said. He said the recycling center now partners with concessions to collect food waste, at an average of 650 pounds per game. Spartan Stadium also has its own cardboard compactor to handle the waste created from sporting events.

Associate Athletic Director Seth Kesler talks about how to keep to handle waste at MSU sporting events.

Associate Athletic Director Seth Kesler is responsible for spearheading sustainability efforts for the football program.

?Just walking around the stadium, I was always frustrated with the piles of garbage and seeing all of the contaminated recycling bins getting thrown in with the waste,? Kesler said.

Kesler said that even with all the containers provided, the signage around the stadium is not clear enough for the fans to pay attention to during games and that the university needs to make it easier for these events to be sustainable with little effort from fans.

Kesler said one of the next changes the athletics department is hoping to implement is making more items from concessions stands biodegradable.

Noleen Chikowore, a community sustainability graduate student at Michigan State, studied the role of informal recyclers, who she refers to as canners, in collecting beverage cans and bottles during MSU?s football games and tailgates. Michigan law puts a 10-cent refundable deposit on those cans and bottles.

Noleen Chikowore, a community sustainability graduate student at Michigan State, discusses her work and suggestions for MSU and students to reduce waste on campus.

In 2016, Chikowore said she attended her first football tailgate where she watched tailgaters leave cans in open spaces rather than putting them in trash or recycling bins.

?Tailgaters tend to leave these cans so that the canners can access the cans in a very easy way rather than the canners going into trash cans and looking for cans,? Chikowore said.

This unspoken collaboration between fans and canners has helped the environment by redirecting cans and bottles from landfills, but also by reducing excess litter from trash being pulled out of waste bins as people search for refundables.

MSU staff also make bags available to canners and to tailgaters on campus to help reduce litter, Chikowore said.

?There?s now less littering and also tailgaters as long as they have access to proper waste disposal facilities, they are disposing of their waste as much as they can,? Chikowore said.

Beyond trash

Experts from the Green Sports Alliance, an organization that works to create sustainable behaviors among sports organizations, say sustainability goes further than the visible litter left behind by fans.

Kristin Hanczor of the Green Sports Alliance discusses ways sporting venues can be more environmentally sustainable.

Kristin Hanczor, senior partnership manager at the alliance, said athletic programs can address everything from food to energy use.

?In one sports game, you?re touching food ? you could source food more locally,? Hanczor said. ?You?re touching waste ? whether you have compostable products versus recyclable products, versus only products that go in the trash. The venue itself ? what kind of energy it?s using, if it has renewable energy on site, if it?s purchasing offsets to support its energy.?

She said sports facilities also can consider water use and transportation, ?setting up venues in a place that it?s easy to have public transit, biking, walking, subway. People need to get to the game, and they want to do that in a more sustainable way.?

?There?s even apparel,? she said. ?What people are wearing on the team, what kind of apparel the college or the sports entity is selling ? where is that produced? How can we make that more sustainable??

Hanczor said if a university is able to engage the athletic department ? and fans and students ? with the message of sustainability, it can make an impact on efforts to be more environmentally responsible.

?Most everyday sports fans would be really surprised by how much is happening in the green sports space,? Hanczor said. ?When you typically talk to a sports fan or you talk to a sustainability person, sports doesn?t come first to mind, and I think I really encourage fans to look up what their favorite team is doing, because chances are you?re going to find something really exciting.?

With that awareness, Hanczor said fans can begin to hold their favorite teams accountable and bring about change.

?The next generation of fans is really going to demand that the brands that they buy from and the sports teams they support align with their values,? she said.

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From the Chancellor – A Call to Climate Action
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2021, 12:12 pm

The imperative to address climate change has never been greater.  Greenhouse gases have kept the earth?s climate habitable for humans and millions of other species through trapping the heat from the sun. However, those gases — now at the highest levels ever recorded due in large measure to human activities — and the resulting greenhouse effect are threatening to drastically alter where we live and how we live. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated for us that the life systems on this planet are inextricably linked and that, like the pandemic, climate change presents human rights and health crises that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.

In discussing this issue with student leaders, we agree that the scientific evidence of climate change overwhelmingly demands action now to address the climate emergency. This means redoubling our resolve to unleash the immense human capacity for innovation and applied solutions at sufficient speed and scale.

CU Boulder is well positioned to address this challenge as a decades-long leader in campus sustainability. The University is an original signatory to the American College and University Presidents? Climate Commitment. CU Boulder is one of the top research universities in the world for geoscience and climate science, and is a worldwide hub for climate-related research and innovation. Our faculty, our array of research institutes, including INSTAAR, CIRES and RASEI, and our partnerships with the federal labs are all part of our leadership in this extraordinarily important arena.

Therefore I am issuing a Call to Climate Action to activate our campus community to face this challenge head on. Based on discussions with student leaders, in which I asked them to join me in this Call to Climate Action, together we resolve:

  • To recognize and know that climate change is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities ever faced in human history;
  • To unleash the hearts and minds of this university?s students, faculty and staff, in all aspects of the climate challenge;
  • To further unleash our capacities for hope, innovation and positive impact in all segments of our university and our community by building an intergenerational coalition to help solve this monumental challenge;
  • To recognize and address the unequal impacts of climate change, particularly on marginalized communities, as we seek to find and implement equitable solutions that transcend social and economic boundaries;
  • To authentically apply the vast capacities within our status as one of America?s leading research universities in both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;
  • To find the paths for investment in the research and entrepreneurship needed to achieve measurable goals.

As Chancellor, I am announcing the formation of a campus-wide University Sustainability Council. Its mission is to foster and assist effective integration of sustainability across all aspects of the University. A call for nominations will be issued for those faculty, staff and students who wish to serve on the Council to begin its work by August 2021.

As part of this Call to Climate Action, I am also committing to the following endeavors:

  • Updating the campus Climate Action Plan in 2021-2022 with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. One of the first steps toward that effort will be to increase energy efficiency in our buildings by 30% by 2035. The Climate Action Plan will tap campus and community expertise, and will have a strong and direct impact on health and on climate justice, in part, through increasing our pace toward carbon neutrality in all of our actions;
  • Conducting a detailed gap analysis to move the campus from STARS Gold to STARS Platinum status;
  • Continuing to advance campus as a living-learning laboratory for innovations in sustainability;
  • Continuing to work with the CU System to advance sustainability and climate solutions.
  • Holding all constituencies accountable in the progress we seek through periodic meetings between the Chancellor and student leaders, as well as publishing and publicizing regular reports that track progress toward our greenhouse gas emission reductions.

I want to recognize the role of student leadership in prompting this Call. We will succeed with the support of our students, faculty and staff. I ask our entire campus community to join in this call and to continue pursuing approaches and actions in which we can all contribute to climate solutions. Our work together will strengthen CU Boulder?s decades-long status as a sustainability leader in higher education and  make our university a beacon of hope and innovation for communities around the world.

 

Philip DiStefano, Chancellor

University of Colorado Boulder

 

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E-waste isn’t wasted at USC, thanks to partnership that helps the community
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2021, 12:09 pm

By Ron Mackovich

Anthony Rodriguez, a USC hazardous materials supervisor, loads a bin with electronic waste to be picked up by Human-I-T. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

At one of the entrances to USC?s University Park Campus, forklifts load pallets bearing a half-ton of electronics onto trucks emblazoned with the Human-I-T logo. Most of the gear ? keyboards, monitors and printers ? are but a few years old, time to leave the university but not ready for retirement.

The Human-I-T truck is a familiar sight around campus. For the past five years, USC has partnered with the nonprofit group to safely handle e-waste and refurbish devices, about 70% of which end up with families and individuals who need them. Most of the devices are three years old or newer. The partnership helps drive a program within the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative that provides devices, internet connections and computer instruction to the community.

Box full of USC used electronics

Most of the equipment is just a few years old and has plenty of life left. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

?Typically, these would be shredded or taken apart to harvest the precious metals and resold,? said Anthony Rodriguez, hazardous materials manager with USC Environmental Health & Safety. ?With Human-I-T, these electronics get a second life and a new purpose.?

The vast majority of USC?s used electronics go to Human-I-T, which charges the university nothing for the service. Devices that may contain highly secure information go through a different process, during which metals and plastics are extracted and put back on the market.

?We advocate repurposing over recycling, said Brandon Smith, Human-I-T?s vice president of business development. ?There is so much opportunity behind a working device that can be given a second life.?

Reusing electronics at USC: better for the environment and the community

Making a new desktop computer and monitor requires considerable amounts of fossil fuel, chemicals and water. A refurbished device consumes fewer resources and keeps shredded metals and contaminants out of the air, soil and groundwater.

The seven-year partnership between USC and Human-I-T has kept 1 million pounds of used electronics out of the e-waste stream, the world?s fastest-growing waste stream and one of the most dangerous. Global e-waste increased 21% between 2014 and 2019, according to the United Nations, and is expected to grow by another 39% during the next decade.

The partnership also supports Human-I-T?s mission to connect lower-income families with broadband. A recent USC study showed significant negative effects on learning for students who don?t have access to high-speed internet and up-to-date devices.

?USC?s donations ultimately feed into one large pipeline that provides digital access for people who need it,? Smith said. ?Some of the desktops, laptops and tablets are repurposed directly to end users while other item types can be resold to promote reuse. Proceeds go towards free or low-cost devices, subsidized internet connections, training programs and technical and hardware support services.?

When USC?s campuses closed due to the pandemic, the volume of donations fell 90% at a time when the need for electronic devices skyrocketed because of distance learning. But now, volume is picking up again as the university adapts to a new world of hybrid work and learning. A thousand printers from Keck Medicine of USC hospitals went to Human-I-T in February and about 70 devices were transferred from the USC Marshall School of Business in September 2020, which kept almost 5,000 pounds of e-waste out of the waste stream. Like other schools, USC Marshall replaces devices about every three to four years, resulting in a substantial flow to Human-I-T.

USC and Human-I-T maintain an enduring partnership

The university and Human-I-T began their relationship in 2013, when Patrick Cates, then-associate director of customer technology services for USC Marshall, formed a partnership with the nonprofit group?s founder, Gabe Middleton.

?He was on campus, saw me moving a trailer full of PCs between buildings and struck up a conversation,? Cates said. ?And we took it from there.?

Soon after, Chief Information Officer Doug Shook extended the partnership?s reach across the university.

Loading a truck with USC used electronics

William Rivera, a USC hazardous material technician uses a forklift to load a bin of electronic waste onto a Human-I-T truck. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

?It is just such an innovative ?total solution approach? that transforms two very difficult societal problems into self-funding solutions,? Shook said. ?It?s a simply brilliant approach that should be copied and used as broadly as possible across society.?

Scott Smith, an IT consultant and engineer at USC Marshall, has watched Human-I-T grow into a more sophisticated operation over the years.

?When we started with them, they didn?t even have a truck,? he said. ?Their president was going out and helping pick up devices.?

Smith proudly displays a plaque he received from Human-I-T in 2017, which has an inscription: ?By working with Human-I-T, you?ve helped us connect over 5,000 underserved families and individuals to technology and the internet. You?ve given those devices a second life rather than being ground up and recycled.?

?The devices we?re handing over to Human-I-T are relatively new,? he said. ?They?ve still got a lot of life in them.?

If you have unwanted technology you?d like to repurpose, visit the Human-I-T website or contact the organization by email.

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Subaru of America and Philadelphia Union to Make Subaru Park the First-Ever Zero Landfill Stadium in MLS
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2021, 4:35 pm

By Subaru of America, PR Newswire

Subaru of America and the Philadelphia Union are committed to protecting our environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling stadium waste. These new, modern front of house three-stream waste containers will help patrons properly dispose of their trash from events at Subaru Park.Subaru of America and Philadelphia Union to Make Subaru Park the First-Ever Zero Landfill Stadium in MLS

CHESTER, Pa.April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with the Philadelphia Union, today announced that the automaker will bring its established zero landfill knowledge to Subaru Park, home of the Union, making it the first zero landfill stadium in MLS.

While sports stadiums across the country generate massive amounts of trash that go into landfills, through the partnership with Subaru and the Union, Subaru Park aims to become the first MLS Zero Landfill stadium where no trash is sent to a landfill. This initiative ladders up to the core commitment of Subaru and Philadelphia Union to use their partnership to beautify and enhance the greater Philadelphia community through pillars of the Subaru Love Promise.

“At Subaru, we’ve spent years perfecting our Zero Landfill philosophy and helping organizations reduce their environmental footprint. We’ve learned a lot, and we’re thrilled to bring our knowledge to Subaru Park and the greater Philadelphia area,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “With the goal of becoming the first Zero Landfill stadium in MLS, we hope our work with the Philadelphia Union will set the standard for environmental best practices at professional sports stadiums nationwide.”

“The partnership between the Union and Subaru of America was founded on the vision and desire to create a better future for our fans and surrounding community,” said Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union President. “In the year since our partnership was announced, we’ve made great strides in reaching our ambitions through initiatives that support pet adoption and helping food insecure populations. As a club known for innovation and a community-first mindset, our mission to achieve Zero Landfill status is a milestone in our relationship with Subaru and the history of our organization.”

To put this new process into perspective, Subaru Park recycled more than 40,000 pounds or 20.41 tons of cardboard alone in 2019. With the new zero landfill process in place, Subaru Park will divert an estimated 357,480 pounds of waste from local landfills in an average year, an amount equivalent to:

  • A Philadelphia cheesesteak that’s 19 miles high and 50 miles wide
  • The weight of 357,480 soccer balls
  • The height of 20 Mt. Everests-worth of stacked aluminum cans

To achieve this goal, Subaru Park will deploy 111 MAX-R Containers throughout various locations in Subaru Park. These new, modern front-of-house three-stream waste containers will help patrons properly dispose of their waste from any event at Subaru Park. To ensure that the containers are being used properly, Subaru will provide ambassadors to help educate fans with waste disposal and share Subaru Zero Landfill project best practices. Once the waste is collected in the MAX-R containers, the Union will be assisted in the waste removal process with the help of SpectraRecycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS), and Covanta Environmental Solutions.

Spectra has been instrumental in helping set up Subaru Park to be successful, putting new containers in place, educating their staff, and ensuring that all the material that can be recycled is separated and sent to be processed. The small amount of waste that can’t be recycled, such as restroom paper towels, utensils, and other items, will be hauled by Recycle Track systems and sent to Covanta Environmental Solutions where the material will be used to generate steam that will turn the turbines to produce electricity for the Philadelphia area.

Subaru and the Union are committed to supporting the greater Philadelphia community with charitable programs, including the Subaru Park Zero Landfill initiative announced today, which is an extension of the Subaru Love Promise. The pairing’s other endeavors include the Dogs of Ben, an initiative aimed at helping shelter dogs find homes in the Philadelphia area, and the Garden for Good, which is intended to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for donation to food banks in Chester during harvesting seasons.

To learn more about Subaru Park Zero Landfill Initiative, please visit: www.philadelphiaunion.com/Subaru.

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Green Science Solutions and Green Sports Alliance Partner to Offer Sustainable Cleaning Processes
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2021, 2:17 pm

By GSS Editor

Athletic Organizations Implement Safe, Effective Cleaning, Testing protocols

St. Paul, MN: Green Science Solutions (GSS) and Green Sports Alliance (GSA) are teaming up to provide sustainable cleaning and testing solutions in sports arenas and other community spaces, so athletes, coaches and fans alike can safely enjoy sporting events.

?We are grateful to have partners like GSS as part of the Green Sports Alliance to help advance environmentally conscious cleaning solutions that are both effective and safe in order to protect the health of our planet in addition to our venue staff, athletes, and fans,? said Roger McClendon, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance.

Sustainable ?Green? Technologies

Green Science Solutions offers sustainable cleaning solutions that sanitize and disinfect surfaces as well as laundry systems and shoe sanitizing stations, all without harmful chemicals, but equally effective.

Along with surface cleaning, GSS provides air purification and monitoring systems that provide real-time data about air quality to ensure indoor spaces have proper ventilation and air flow.

?GSS is excited to partner again with Green Sports Alliance and their members to help provide more sustainable and verifiable technologies, to get fans back in the stands,? said Michelle Hilger, Vice President of Sales Green Science Solutions.

ATP Testing Verifies Cleanliness

To ensure surfaces are clean, especially high-tough areas, GSS offers 3M?s ATP testing to measure with the cleanliness of surfaces to help inform proficient cleaning protocols throughout indoor spaces.

Partnership Benefits

  • Provide effective, yet sustainable cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting solutions to athletic organizations nationwide
  • Improve cleaning processes and testing protocols so communities can safely play
  • Reduce harsh chemical products and waste from traditional cleaning processes

About Green Science Solutions:

Green Science Solutions? mission is to integrate science and the latest in sustainable technologies to enable customers to maintain and monitor healthy, safe, and chemical-free indoor environments. Solutions include sustainable cleaning and disinfecting products, air purification, cleanliness testing and indoor air quality monitoring for commercial and retail customers.

About Green Sports Alliance:

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The GSA inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. GSA members now number over 300. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

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Celebrating Earth Day: Metro Atlanta Organizations Plant Trees To Support The Environment
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2021, 11:48 am

To celebrate Earth Day, the Braves added a piece of Atlanta baseball history to Truist Park with the planting of a seedling from a 113+ year-old Magnolia tree that grew in the outfield of Ponce de Leon/Spiller Park. Home to Minor League?s Atlanta Crackers and Negro American League?s Atlanta Black Crackers, when the ballpark opened in 1907, the magnolia was approved to remain inside the ballfield?s footprint. When balls landed in the tree, they were considered ?in play,? and baseball greats including Babe Ruth and Eddie Mathews hit ?home runs? into the tree. When Earl Mann took over the team in 1947, he did not want the tree in the outfield; however, instead of uprooting it, he moved the outfield wall in 50?. The original Grandiflora Magnolia tree is approximately 80? tall and still stands at the Ponce de Leon/Spiller Park location at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The seedling, which has been nicknamed Maggie, was planted this morning by HighGrove Partners, the official landscaping company for the Atlanta Braves. The tree now stands on the corner of Circle 75 Pkwy and Windy Ridge Pkwy SE, where a marker will be installed in partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden to share information on the tree and the history of its origins. As Maggie grows, she will be a beautiful addition to Truist Park and a great way to preserve and educate fans on Atlanta baseball history.

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Sustainable Projects Generating Real Returns for Teams and Venues
 
Posted: 23 Apr 2021, 3:18 pm

By Emily Caron, Sportico

Courtesy Climate Change Arena

(This story has been corrected to show the name Climate Pledge Arena instead of Climate Change Arena throughout, while the amount of annual waste cited in the penultimate paragraph has been corrected to 14 billion tons from 14 billion pounds.)

Designs were approved, permits secured, and construction was well underway at what?s now known as Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle before, well, everything changed. Midway through construction, financer Amazon decided it wanted to open the world?s first zero-carbon arena, a next-level sustainable facility built in complete accordance with both the Paris Climate Agreement and the stringent International Living Future Institute certification standards.

?We had to do some pretty significant redesigns; we had to reapply for new permits,? said Rob Johnson, VP of sustainability and transportation for the Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena. ?It was a lot. It [cost] several million dollars.?

Those several million dollars, however, will pay off in the end, a fact more sports venues, teams and leagues are finding out. Experts say sustainable practices not only preserve the planet but can also reduce costs and enhance revenues when done right.

Climate Pledge Arena?s pivot meant several major changes, starting with converting spaces initially constructed to house natural gas-powered systems into areas that could support electricity-powered components, like the hot water boilers, heating systems and the dehumidification system for the ice rink. On-site renewable energy sources were also needed, so solar panels were installed on the atrium of the arena?s roof and its accompanying parking garage (the arena?s 44 million-pound roof is a National Historic Landmark, meaning the 40,000 square feet of space on top of it are a no-go for panels). It also meant figuring out how to account for the venue?s carbon emissions (the solution, for now, is buying credible carbon offsets) and how to meet the remainder of the venue?s energy needs through new renewable resources (the arena and Amazon will be investing in new wind and solar farms to eventually power the venue exclusively via renewable energy sources).

As that infrastructure is built out over the next year or two, the venue plans to buy renewable energy credits?issued when renewable energy sources generate and deliver electricity to the utility grid?for the energy the solar panels can?t supply on their own. A number of existing venues, including the Vikings? U.S. Bank Stadium, also use renewable energy credits.

As Johnson said, that?s a lot, with a large price tag. But when the Seattle Kraken?s new home opens this fall, Climate Pledge Arena will be environmentally friendly?and, in many ways, surprisingly cost-efficient despite the upfront investments.

?There?s a certainty level when you look at the price of something like electricity,? Johnson said. ?There?s less volatility than the price of more carbon-intensive resources, so while natural gas might seem cheaper today, the long curve is likely to be more expensive than electricity. There?s a case to be made about some of the long-term operating expenses, but our ownership group was more motivated by ensuring that we are really taking this climate pledge seriously.?

There?s also a case to be made for savings on some of the short-term operating expenses. The venue?s water conservation efforts, for example, include a planned ?rain-to-rink? system (fitting in a city with 155 days of measurable precipitation per year) that will collect water from the roof to make the ice. The system will likely result in a substantially lower water bill. Climate Pledge Arena?s zero-waste goal (meaning more than 90% of its waste will be diverted away from landfills) also means less money spent on landfill hauling, and even some potential earnings from recyclable materials.

Leagues, teams and venues across the country have seen similar returns on their own sustainable investments. Even smaller sustainable operational or procurement changes can bring substantial savings?to the tune of tens of millions of dollars over the longer term, according to Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, the Yankees? environmental science advisor and the founding director of Sport and Sustainability International.

?The business case for sustainability has always been fundamental from a cost reduction perspective,? Hershkowitz said in a phone interview. ?Some aspect of this is that it?s the right thing to do, but we?re not going to get to a net carbon zero economy based on good intentions. You have to outcompete the bad stuff by reducing costs while also bringing in new revenue.?

Sustainable investments can do both. For example: Hershkowitz says the St. Louis Cardinals reduced their energy use by 24% (and thus their energy bill) when they started investing in sustainability. The Mariners knocked half a million dollars off of their annual utility costs; the Yankees saved more than $600,000 on lighting just by shifting to more efficient technology.

Curtis Schmillen, the director of operations at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which hosts more than 1.4 million guests at 300-plus events each year, said that by implementing smart building management systems and energy use policies, the facility has brought consumption down by more than 10% since it opened in 2016. It has also saved money through waste-management changes, an area Schmillen suggests other venues should look into as a first step toward becoming more sustainable. ?It?s fairly simple, very understandable, and will produce a very quick return on the investment,? he said.

The Atlanta Hawks, who hosted the first-ever zero-waste NBA All-Star Game this spring at State Farm Arena and are starting to generate revenue from recycling materials like aluminum and cardboard, are a good example.

?We now look at materials as commodities, not trash,? said Sofi Armenakian, director of sustainability and operations for the Hawks and State Farm Arena. ?The area we used to just think of as dumpsters is now a place we recover resources. When we collect all of our aluminum, plastic, cardboard and metals as commodities, we can operate at net zero, since you?re not spending to have it hauled to landfills.?

The market for different materials varies by state, but from Seattle to Minneapolis to Atlanta, a sustainable waste management system at the very least eliminates an expense. In some cases, venues get paid for the resources they recycle. ?It?s not a tremendous amount, but you?re either making something or certainly at least breaking even,? Armenakian explains.

Revenue from environmentally conscious sponsors is also very real: Johnson said Climate Pledge Arena?s sales and sponsorships teams saw an influx of new interest after it unveiled its name and public sustainability pledge. As Hershkowitz put it, ?There?s no question that the diversity of sponsor opportunities has broadened because of sustainability.?

What?s priceless, though, is the power sports leagues can have on changing cultural conversations. While reducing the ?few thousand tons of waste? a sports venue generates per year is important, Hershkowitz said, it?s a fraction of the 14 billion tons of waste the United States produces annually.

?Getting [venues] to do the right thing is fundamental,? Hershkowitz said. ?But if you?re looking at biological impacts on the planet, the biggest bang for the buck?the single most important thing we can do to advance sustainability?is change cultural attitudes [and] expectations about how we relate to the planet. Sport can do that, because sport has been enormously influential culturally. Less than 20% of American adults follow science; 80% follow sports.?

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ASU retains top US spot for efforts toward UN sustainability goals
 
Posted: 23 Apr 2021, 3:11 pm

By ASU News

Sustainable communities, eradicating poverty, clean water among university’s highest scores by Times Higher Education

Arizona State University remains a national leader in addressing sustainability when it comes to research, outreach and stewardship, according to an annual international publication of university rankings announced April 21.

That ranking, published by Times Higher Education magazine, has been driven by the university’s efforts on such issues as poverty and hunger, gender equality, clean water and air, climate change and providing quality education.

For the second year in a row, the university retained the top national spot when it comes to impacts made addressing 17 specific goals aimed at achieving a better world for 2030, known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, these goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

 

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Media Relations

For 2021, ASU’s score of 95.8 out of 100 points put it at No. 1 in the U.S., coming in ahead of Purdue University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In the global rankings, ASU is tied for ninth in the world out of 1,115 institutions from more than a dozen different countries, ahead of King’s College London, the University of British Columbia and Western Sydney University. The global ranking included nearly 350 more institutions this year, compared with 2020. The next highest U.S. institution on the global list is Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at No. 28.

ASU?s SDG & Beyond Task Force, co-chaired by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, seeks to improve these goals each year on behalf of the university. The two co-chairs reflected on their global leadership journey to ASU.

?As former New Zealand ambassador to the United Nations in 2015, we negotiated the Sustainable Development Goals, and I could not be more impressed with ASU?s contributions and ability to rapidly innovate, replicate and scale meaningful solutions,? said Amanda Ellis, director of global partnerships in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

Sanjeev Khagram, the CEO, director general and dean of Thunderbird, said he “had the privilege of leading the establishment of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the largest multistakeholder initiative launched to achieve the global goals. It is that level of ambition with what we at Thunderbird joined with the Global Futures Lab to make ASU the No. 1 university for SDGs. We must make this the decade of delivery worldwide.?

Among the 17 goals, ASU ranked highest in sustainable cities and communities (93.4, second overall globally); responsible consumption and production (89.7, fourth); eradicating poverty (87.1, third); clean sanitation and water (82.3, fifth); climate action (81.8, fourth); and life below water (89.5, seventh).

Other categories are partnership for the goals (92.3); reduced inequalities (81.4); peace, justice and strong institutions (80.5); life on land (79.2); quality education (75.6); zero hunger (73.7); industry, innovation and infrastructure (73.2); decent work and economic growth (71.8); affordable and clean energy (71.1); good health and well-being (71.0); and gender equality (69.3).

Rankings and accolades are all well and good, but in tackling these challenges, ASU is demonstrating that it is changing the world through practical global influence for multiplier impact.

Here are a half-dozen of the many ways in which ASU is helping people and the planet prosper:

  • Modular gender education training for parliamentarians and global changemakers: These videos aim to eliminate discriminatory laws against women around the world and are now used by the 179 member countries of the Interparliamentary Union and the United Nations partner agencies.
  • The Global SDG 5 Notification Tool, designed by ASU’s Erin Carr-Jordan and implemented by The Luminosity Lab, which provides users insight into country-level progress on legal gender equality with the ability to compare 190 countries at a granular level. With data on local laws provided by the World Bank, parliamentarians and others, this tool is used by the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review to hold countries accountable to their commitments.
  • The Global Carbon Removal Partnership is a group made up of policymakers, members of the private sector and civic society seeking to influence policy and market environments to support the rapid scale-up of carbon removal actions. ASU?s Klaus Lackner, director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, focuses exactly on that. The center has developed ?mechanical trees,? an innovative technology that pulls down carbon emissions from the atmosphere and is approximately 1,000 times more efficient than actual trees. ASU is also home to the international public-private alliance, New Carbon Economy Consortium, focused on harnessing innovation to drive a carbon-neutral to carbon-negative world.
  • The Connective is a consortium that is building a first-of-its-kind ?smart region? for the greater Phoenix area with Thunderbird?s Phoenix Global Rising Initiative ? a global multi-stakeholder partnership advancing Phoenix?s global capacity. With the support of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, ASU is helping deploy equitable and scalable technology solutions that support the Valley?s goals of sustainability and improving quality of life.
  • The Decision Center for a Desert City is focused on advancing research, education and partnerships for urban water transitions through the power of data. Complementing its work is the Kyl Center for Water Policy, which promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to build consensus on sound water stewardship for Arizona and the West.
  • The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems provides research and education options to address the integrity of the agriculture systems and the well-being of farmers, producers and providers, and to help drive policy-relevant knowledge to ensure food safety.

In this next decade of action and beyond, ASU will continue to be a global leader and transform society through use-inspired research, said Peter Schlosser, vice president and vice provost of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

?The Sustainable Development Goals are designed to build a future with improved well-being for all humankind on a healthy planet,? Schlosser said. ?Our purpose at ASU is not only to support these goals by aligning our programs and service to local and global communities, but to build upon them beyond 2030 so that we, as a global community, are shaping and creating bold ideas for a planet-positive future through opportunity, not sacrifice.?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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

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

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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