Agua Caliente Tribe, Oak View Group Announce Palm Springs Arena Plans
Posted: 26 Jun 2019, 8:35 pm
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has teamed with Oak View Group to build a privately financed arena on 16 acres of Agua Caliente land in downtown Palm Springs, Calif., with Live Nation on board as a strategic partner to supply the venue with a calendar filled with top artists and events.
Green Sports Alliance hosted its Annual Summit at Lincoln Financial Fields
As you pick up your Impossible Cheesesteak at the next Phillies game, did you ever consider if there are any chemicals in the wax paper underneath the sandwich? Whether your college basketball stadium is composting? Or even if there?s recycling at stadiums?
With millions in their fan bases, sports can be a place of celebration where we watch our cities come together and athletes break records? or occasionally, win the Super Bowl. But the sports venues also have an important decision: whether to set an environmental precedent or to create a giant environmental footprint for a few hour event.
That?s where the Green Sports Alliance comes in to provide education and resources to the industry. Self-defined as ?the environmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world (teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans) to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play,? according to their website.
Green Sports Alliance hosted about 500 attendees to its annual Summit in Philadelphia, at Lincoln Financial Field on June 19th and 20th.
A local lens in the conversation about Environmental Justice & Sports
One of the first sessions at the Summit was Beyond the Ballpark: The Role of Sports in Environmental Justice Reform, moderated by Kunal Merchant of Lotus Advisory. The incredible panel included:
Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation and Founder & CEO, Revitalization Strategies
Connor Barwin, NFL Player & Founder, Make the World Better Foundation
Jerome Shabazz provided an overview of the Overbrook Center (which he explained during our tour last summer), emphasized the role of bringing the community to the table when making decisions. When we?re designing spaces and programming in communities, how do we include the community in design? How does social justice play a role?
Shabazz challenged attendees to think beyond environmental justice to environmental freedom. As Shabazz mentioned, ?People should have a right to breathe, move and live in their local communities.?
The first step to being a leader is the decision to become one.
After watching his teammates on the field in Houston for four years, former NFL Eagles Player Connor Barwin wanted to make a change. While growing up, he understood the importance of playgrounds and urban spaces. As he biked down 20th Street, he noticed the dilapidated courts in South Philadelphia. Although he initially hoped he could donate $40,000 to repave the court and playground, he ended up with a $750K master plan 18 to revamp the entire area. Smith playground now has courts, green stormwater infrastucutre, a community garden and rain garden.
Working with partnerships, Make the World Better is now working on its fourth site, a $14 million project in Southwest Philly.
His biggest advice for those who want to make a difference? According to Barwin, ?Get involved in your neighborhood.? Also, make your intentions known. As Barwin shared, ?Your voice goes a long way in changing policy, especially environmental justice policy.?
How can we talk about the urgency around climate change with a clock ticking? We need to incorporate more storytelling with our urgency. According to Santiago Ali, ?Facts will move minds, stories move hearts.?
Teaming up for Greening & Cutting Costs with Green Attorney Brad Molotsky
Brad Molotsky, Partner at Duane Morris, discussed strategies to save energy, cut plastic packaging, and save money ? at a procurement panel.
But one of his prime examples was how collaborating with similar organizations can make sustainability efforts easier and cheaper. ?The Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and the Flyers are all within spitting distance of each other. They were thinking about wasted food coming out of these stadiums and each had separate trash contracts. So they got together for a stronger solution.?
What did Philadelphia sports teams do? They got together financially and collaborated on a composting solution, taking food waste to a farm a short distance from Philadelphia.
What can we learn from this? What other businesses or families could we ?collaborate? with on our sustainability initiatives, to get away from straws, start composting or other ideas?
Other innovations from Green Sports Alliance?s Summit
Young Entrepreneur Monika Dharia created a greener poncho that actually removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Instead of using petroleum ponchos to keep fans dry, Monika?s EcoRain poncho is made from sugar-based ethylene and sequesters 3.09 kilograms per kilogram of raw material.
EcoLite is cutting Teflon-like chemicals from your (Impossible) burger?s wax paper at the stadium. Fluorochemicals that add a nonstick coating can end up anywhere including those food-grade papers, popcorn bags, shoes and many other places including fast food restaurant paper wrappers. (AND they?re still legal in PA!) EcoLite includes safe lines, and confirmed none of their Philly versions has the chemicals. There were a couple of products that contained PFAS, but are phasing out all PFAS chemicals from their products by 2021.
When you think of motorsport, you probably don’t associate it with being environmentally aware. But there are actually racing series that take the concept of reducing carbon emissions quite seriously. Obviously, there’s Formula E, which races electric cars powered by biofuels. But well before Formula E was a thing, there was the American Le Mans Series. Back in 2008, the series partnered with SAE International, the US Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency to create the Green Racing Challenge, a race-within-a-race that looked at energy consumption and carbon emissions as well as sheer lap time to determine who went the farthest, fastest, and most cleanly.
The program survived the 2013 merger between the ALMS and another series, Grand-Am, but sadly came to an end of sorts in 2016 when the series aligned itself with a Le Mans rulebook that mandated E20 rather than cellulosic E85 as the gasoline/ethanol blend of choice. But the hiatus is now over. “We?re getting the band back together” said Scott Atherton, president of IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), the sanctioning body that runs what we now call the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. “We were the first racing series to form partnerships with DOE and EPA, and we’re making IMSA a leader in reducing the environmental impact of our sport,” he said at a press conference held at this year’s Detroit Grand Prix at the end of May.
Green racing is an actual thing
In the past, the Green Racing Challenge was only for one of the GTLM class, contested by road-based machines like Corvettes, Ferraris, and Porsche 911s. Now, the goal is for the entire series?which sees a mix of DPi prototypes, GTLM cars, and the more amateur-friendly GT3 versions all race together?to achieve Green Racing Cup status. Yes, that’s actually a thing. In 2014, SAE published green racing protocols to ensure that efforts such as these have some meaningful impact. It’s a technical manifesto that I think many here would be on board with, as laid out by its mission:
Green Racing uses vehicle competitions to promote and accelerate the use of advanced technologies and renewable fuels. This results in increased availability and acceptance of cleaner and more efficient vehicles in the marketplace worldwide. Green Racing provides exciting and engaging entertainment and a versatile communications platform that attracts growing numbers of fans and sponsors, while presenting industry and the fan base with a path to sustainable personal mobility worldwide. These recommendations also extend to the environmentally-sensitive operation of motorsport facilities and off-track team operations.
The protocols lay out differing levels of commitment (core, enhanced, elevated, pinnacle) and five different elements (propulsion systems, fuels/energy carriers, energy recovery, improving efficiency, emissions reduction) to create a matrix that could be applied to any of the hundreds of disparate racing series.
Part of the announcement confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in racing. As expected, in 2022 the DPi class will indeed add a hybrid powertrain component?something we first reported at last year’s Detroit race. However, this will almost certainly be some kind of standard or spec system to avoid the eight- or nine-figure annual budgets that were necessary to fund development of the 1,000hp hybrid prototypes that gave the World Endurance Championship its brief golden age. (I’m actually of two minds about this one. Budgets have to be kept in check, but using a spec hybrid system undermines any potential claim to be facilitating technology transfer from track to street.) Further down the road, Atherton suggested that there could well be a role in IMSA for electric touring cars or even electric prototypes in the series.
It?s more than just the cars
In addition to hybrid DPi cars, Atherton revealed that IMSA’s current tire partner, Michelin, and its fuel supplier, VP Racing Fuels, will be working together as part of the program. “We want to reduce tire use to deliver an environmental benefit equal to the carbon footprint of on-track activities,” Atherton said, adding that VP will be showcasing an advanced fuel with an increased renewable content as well as increased octane. “It will effectively foreshadow the fuels we?ll be using in the future in road cars,” he said. However, there’s no specific calendar yet for the introduction of this new fuel. “It will depend on when next-generation consumer fuel becomes a commitment and a plan. We have meetings set up in June to sit down with partners to define that. Ideally would be with introduction of the next-generation DPi, but that seems very aggressive today,” he said.
At this point, some readers might be angrily preparing a comment to point out that a race series’ carbon footprint is much larger than just the race cars burning fuel on track. Atherton agrees, and he wants cleaner power in the IMSA paddock. “I want to get rid of the small diesel generators at the track, they’re a particular bugbear of mine,” he told me, adding that the series would be talking to Formula E about its experience with running its paddock on renewable energy. “We don’t want to mandate generators, because it comes down to availability. But how about synthetic diesels that teams could use with rental generators?” he suggested.
Finally, there’s the carbon impact of the teams and fans getting to and from each event. Before any mandatory carpooling gets introduced, the plan is to improve the efficiency of the logistics that send teams cross the country over the course of the season. To that end, IMSA is becoming an affiliate of EPA SmartWay program, which helps companies make their freight and supply chains more efficient. “That?s a successful program for us that has thousands of partners across the country that help work in really improving freight efficiency, the protocols that are associated with that, the reporting obligations, the best practices, all of those things IMSA can really help us improve,” said Karl Simon, director of the EPA’s Transportation and Climate Division. “We’ll look for areas where there are benefits great and small?we have to find the areas where we can make a difference,” Simon said.
Bill Walton will be the keynote speaker for the Pac-12?s sustainability conference Tuesday in Seattle. (Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press)
At the Pac-12?s inaugural conference on environmental sustainability, in 2017, keynote speaker Bill Walton did something that would have been surprising for anyone but Bill Walton. He announced his personal cell number in front of hundreds of attendees and asked them to send him examples of green efforts in their lives.
Walton is a keynote speaker for the third annual sustainability conference, which begins Tuesday in Seattle. He had not yet finalized his podium plan at the time of our recent conversation, but the remarks will undoubtedly be heartfelt.
The environment is on Walton?s Rushmore of Passions, alongside basketball, cycling and the Grateful Dead, and he has become the willing, public face of the conference?s expanding green efforts. Those efforts include the 2018 formation of Pac-12 Team Green, described by the conference as the first sustainability platform in college athletics. Led by deputy commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, Team Green is designed to support environmental work on Pac-12 campuses with seminars, waste-diversion competitions, best-practices discussions and corporate sponsors.
?There couldn?t be a better place to host,? Walton said of the two-day conference on the University of Washington campus, ?particularly because of what (Washington Governor) Jay Inslee is doing to try to change the course of history in face of challenges with population, with habitat destruction and with the choices we make.?
During an hour long interview about his work with the Pac-12 on sustainability, Walton was raw and unfiltered. At one point, I went 25 minutes without uttering a peep. He talked about the moment his spine failed, in February 2008: ?When you?re lying on the ground and you?d rather be dead, things change, your perspective changes.? He quoted the Dead, Dylan and Neil Young. He cited books on travel and the environment, with ?The Geography of Genius? by Eric Weiner and ?The Good Rain? by Timothy Egan among his favorites. He talked about lobbying efforts by fossil-fuel companies and humanity?s dependence on single-use plastic bottles. He provided an hour-by-hour account of a ?glorious? fishing trip with Gonzaga coach Mark Few. He asked if I had taped my mouth to an exhaust pipe. His tone alternated between joyous and grim, between relentless and rhetorical, but the passion never dipped below a 12. Our trip through Waltonville eventually ended where it began: His partnership with the conference on its sustainability efforts.
?I love being alive, and I plan to stay alive, and I want it for our four kids and our nine grandkids,?? he said. ?So when the Pac-12 calls with an incredible opportunity like this ? I?m always searching for possibility of being involved in making progressive change in the world. This is my life and my chance to be involved with something so critically important as sustainability. I couldn?t pass it up when I see what the Pac-12 is doing as conference. It was David Brower who coined the phrase: ?If environmentalism fails, no other good cause can succeed.??
Green efforts were well underway across the conference before Team Green provided the platform and Walton the support. Colorado officially joined the cause in 2008, becoming the first athletic department in the country to feature a sports-sustainability program (Ralphie?s Green Stampede). The Buffaloes are also members of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action initiative, which includes the NBA, FIFA, the New York Yankees and the Golden State Warriors.
Their indoor practice facility, which opened in 2016, is a net-zero-energy building. Athletic director Rick George was a featured speaker, along with Walton, at the Pac-12?s first sustainability conference; CU was the host of the second. ?It?s so much a part of who we are,? George said. ?All our peers (in the Pac-12) are fully engaged, and the conference is promoting what we?re all doing and has been a fantastic partner.?
With Zaninovich running point, the Pac-12 announced the formation of Team Green in July 2018. In addition to amplifying the efforts on campus, the Team Green platform provides a mechanism for sponsorship and, potentially, commercial opportunities. It has three pillars:
? The working group: Composed of representatives from each campus, the Team Green leadership arm meets annually in person and holds quarterly conference calls.
? The annual Sustainability Conference
? The Zero Waste Challenge. An intraconference event in which schools compete to determine which campus can divert the greatest tonnage of landfill at one home football game and one home basketball game.
Team Green also has a partner: Unifi, the global textile company that developed a means of turning recycled plastic into performance fiber (called Repreve), with the goal of creating a circular economy. (The fiber, for example, was used to make the caps and gowns for Washington?s graduation ceremony: 23 recycled bottles were required for each gown.)
?Any time we can engage in meaningful social-impact work, which reflects the collective DNA of our member institutions and shows promise for long-term commercial potential,? Zaninovich explained, ?we want to be early to those opportunities.?
The conference in Seattle starts with a day of service, in which Team Green members from across the conference will hand out socks made from the Unifi fiber to the homeless. There are a slew of speakers lined up and more than 180 attendees expected from the schools and Pac-12 partners such as the Green Sports Alliance, Learfield IMG College and Alaska Airlines. Panel discussions will focus on generating fan engagement in Zero Waste efforts, ideas for long-term Green campaigns and ways to better involve student bodies in general.
?Every school (in the Pac-12) has a sustainability department working on all the issues,?? Walton said. ?This allows them to share best practices and raise awareness. But spreading the message is only part of it. We have to provide alternatives for the health of the Earth and energy production and rescue management and resource consumption. We have a tremendous platform. Now we have to exhibit the emotional commitment. The clock is ticking.?
Los Angeles-based AEG is the largest sports and entertainment venue operator in the world, entertaining over 100 million guests annually. On the sports side, AEG is both a venue owner-operator ? marquee properties like LA?s Staples Center, London?s O? Arena and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas headline its portfolio ? as well as a team owner, with LA?s Galaxy, Kings and Lakers among its leading lights.
An early driver of the sports greening movement, the company has accelerated the pace of its sustainability efforts over the past three years, committing to science-based targets in 2016 and to the UN?s Sports for Climate Action Framework earlier this year.
GreenSportsBlog first spoke with John Marler, the company?s VP of Energy and Environment and newly announced Green Sports Alliance board member, three years ago. We caught up with him recently to delve into AEG?s recent sustainability advances and to get his take on how hard sports can push on climate going forward.
GreenSportsBlog: Hi John, it?s great to talk again. AEG adopted ?science-based targets? regarding its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions goals in 2016. What are science-based targets in general and how has the company progressed in the first three years since making the commitment?
John Marler: GHG reductions targets adopted by companies are considered science-based if they are aligned with the level of decarbonization necessary to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C as compared to preindustrial levels.
While AEG was not the first company to commit to science-based targets, we were an early adopter back in 2016.
GSB: Why did AEG go all in on science-based targets?
John: We realized that, while the planet doesn?t care if we get things right on GHG emissions reductions, humanity and other life forms certainly will care. Progress has been slow but steady. In 2018, we were able to move closer towards our goal by purchasing additional renewable energy. This allowed us to keep up, emissions-reductions-wise, with the growth in emissions from adding new venues to our roster. Many other companies are in the same boat and are taking a similar approach.
John Marler (Photo credit: AEG)
GSB: What specific targets are AEG moving towards?
John: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says humanity has until 2030 to reduce GHG emissions by 45 percent versus a 2010 baseline. We?re working towards that goal and also towards being carbon neutral by 2050.
GSB: How far along is AEG in terms of emissions reductions and how have you gotten there?
John: We reduced GHG emissions by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018 and are very close to being on pace to get to the 33 percent reduction level by 2020, putting us on track to get to the ?45 percent by 2030? threshold. Our approach for our venues has been to focus on energy efficiency wherever possible and to purchase renewable energy credits(RECs).
We?ve been encouraged by the quality and quantity of the RECs that have become available as more renewable energy generation capacity is being built out. One somewhat paradoxical challenge for us has been our growth. Meaning that the more properties we acquire or build, those added emissions get assigned to our ledger versus our 2010 baseline.
GSB: So that means you?re actually performing better on a per venue basis if total AEG emissions are down vs. 2010 as your portfolio has grown, right? How do on-site renewables fit into this?
John: Solar and wind at sports or entertainment venues are great in that they serve as high profile advertisements for renewable energy. But the amount of emissions reduction we see from on-site renewables at stadiums and arenas is quite small. The truth is, only about 25 percent of venue roofs can even accommodate solar. So on-site renewables alone will not get us close to where we need to get in terms of GHG emissions.
Again, for us, getting to our targets will come from improvements on energy efficiency plus funding new off-site renewable energy by the purchase of RECs. We?re pleased by the technological advancements and thus the price reductions in solar and wind as well as on energy storage. The question is, when we?re talking about climate change globally rather than just in the sports industry, will these advances be fast enough?
Solar panels atop the roof of the Staples Center in Los Angeles (Photo credit: John Marler)
GSB: And will there be the will, from the grassroots and political levels, to make the policy changes necessary to accelerate the adoption of these technologies fast enough? Back to sports for a minute. I think Green-Sports 1.0 ? the greening of the games themselves ? has largely been a success over the past decade or more. LEED certified stadiums and arenas have become the norm. But the sports world cannot rest on those laurels. What do you think the sports greening movement needs to do going forward to maximize GHG reduction impacts?
John: The good thing is that most people in the sports greening movement realize that Green-Sports 1.0 is not nearly enough to get us where we need to be. The real opportunity is for sports venue management ? and that means companies like ours ? as well as teams, leagues and athletes is to inspire fans to care about climate. For this to happen, sports organizations need to be more public about their greening efforts and encouraging fans to do the same in their own lives. Maybe fans get interested via the plastic ocean waste issue, maybe by trying a plant-based diet. The important thing is they get there.
GSB: How is AEG going about communicating its greening initiatives to its fans?
Signage promoting LA Galaxy?s decision to phase out plastic straws as part of its Protect the Pitch initiative (Credit: LA Galaxy)
GSB: How does AEG promote #GoGreen to its guests? How is traffic to the site?
John: Sustainability is increasingly informing consumers? purchasing habits and behaviors. Because everyone plays a role in sustainability, we encourage employees and fans through our social channels to visit AEGGoGreen.com, learn how to lessen their environmental impact and ask others to join the movement by sharing a #GOGREEN Pledge via Facebook and Twitter.
Conserving our planet?s resources is a shared endeavor that not only touches all levels of our organization, but all people in all corners of the globe. Only by working together can we improve the health of our planet.
The program underscores AEG?s belief that it has an opportunity to use the power of sports and music to create significant, positive change in the world.
GSB: Finally, AEG?s energy efficiency initiatives, its renewable energy purchases and its communications efforts fit well with the five pillars of the UN?s new Sports For Climate Action framework, something to which the company committed. What is AEG looking for from the framework?
John: One of the underlying principles behind the creation of the Green Sports Alliance is that people care deeply about sports and it?s a great platform to engage with people about a variety of issues. We see the Framework as one of these opportunities ? to use the most popular and iconic sports brands in the world to help address climate change.
GSB: Speaking of the Alliance, congratulations John on being named to its Board. You will bring a deep well of venue management and technical experience to the Alliance. As for the Framework, it?s off to a strong start with high profile commitments, including AEG?s. I look forward to talking with you down the road to see how compliance and awareness of the Framework develops.
SGEâs Maureen Valker-Barlow: From Vans To Nat Geo, A Real Branding âRockstarâ
Posted: 26 Jun 2019, 11:36 am
Music festivals have come a long way over the past couple decades, with maybe no better indicator of that growth than the early 2000s-model traveling events like Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Taste of Chaos and Mayhem festivals. Backed by major lifestyle brands, they helped bring music to a large target demo of punk-fan teenagers ? but in a way that might be considered a little bare-bones or less sophisticated by today?s standards.
580,000 Fans At Hurricane, Southside, Ed Sheeran: FKP Scorpio Celebrates Record Weekend
Posted: 26 Jun 2019, 3:45 am
European promoter FKP Scorpio announced its most profitable weekend so far, thanks to a turnover record set by fans visiting the promoter?s flagship festivals Hurricane and Southside, June 21-23, as well as two Ed Sheeran concerts at Hockenheimring, June 22-23.
AEG Facilities To Operate Raidersâ New Las Vegas Stadium
Posted: 25 Jun 2019, 8:32 pm
With the countdown to the Oakland Raiders? big move nearing the one-year mark, the National Football League has announced that the team has selected AEG Facilities to operate its new stadium in Las Vegas.
Elite 100: Drake Reigns Once More, Madonna Hits No. 2
Posted: 25 Jun 2019, 1:14 pm
Those kids in Toronto are wearing crowns and Drake is once again back on top of Elite 100 Artists chart for the week ending June 20, having dropped two new songs after the Toronto Raptors won the NBA finals.
âA Moment In Pop Culture That Canât Be Replicatedâ: The Spice Girlsâ Comeback
Posted: 25 Jun 2019, 12:20 pm
Pollstar speaks with the people involved in one of the most spectacular comeback tours in UK history: the Spice Girls reunion tour, which kicked off at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, May 24, and closed with three nights at Wembley Stadium in London, June 13-15.
Rolling Loud Unveils Bay Area Lineup Featuring Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert & G-Eazy
Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 9:21 pm
Rolling Loud is ready to once again make some noise in Northern California with the third annual edition of Rolling Loud Bay Area set for Sept. 28-29. The lineup unveiled Monday boasts Future and G-Eazy topping Saturday and Migos and Lil Uzi Vert headlining Sunday.
Green Sports Alliance Summits past have largely kept climate change in the background.
That changed, hopefully forever, as the climate crisis percolated throughout the two days of the 2019 Summit that ended Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
And, in a Green Sports Alliance Summit main stage first, several speakers went beyond urging the sports world to take on climate change, making the powerful case for leagues, teams and athletes to make the needed connections between social justice and environmental (or climate) justice.
?Climate change is about equity and inclusiveness. The problem affects everyone.?
?We found that kids in certain Philadelphia zip codes weren?t going outside because of fear of violence, fear of asthma. The best tool to predict health disparities is zip code.?
? Jerome Shabazz, Executive Director, Overbrook Environmental Association
?It?s hard to play basketball, it?s hard to breathe, when the air is polluted. Eighteen percent of Oakland kids have asthma. I?m one of those kids.?
? Nehemiah Vaughn, 19, Youth Ambassador, Green for All
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia (Photo credit: Philly Voice)
These quotes, and many others like it, were uttered during the first two hours of the ninth Green Sports Alliance Summit. As someone who?s been to six of the last seven summits, I say it?s time for the Green-Sports movement and sports more broadly to take heed of these messages, acknowledge the fear and risks of going bigger and faster on climate as well as environmental-social justice?and go bigger and faster anyway.
IT?S PAST TIME
I get that the sports world would rather go slowly about climate change.
I get that the sports power brokers, from owners to media to sponsors, would, for the most part, avoid anything that smacks of politics.
Thing is, the Green-Sports movement, as well as the rest of humanity, does not have the luxury of time to dance around climate change any longer. The Alliance, at its eight previous summits, often did the climate change-avoidance cha-cha.
Given that humanity only has 12 years or less to decarbonize by 45 percent in order to avoid the most calamitous impacts of climate change, it was past time for the dance to end and the real talk ? and then action ? to commence.
So it was a much needed and unprecedented start to the 2019 Alliance Summit as presenters at Wednesday morning?s opening session spoke clearly and directly about the climate crisis. In addition to the quotes above, summiteers heard these messages before the first coffee break:
Eagles President Don Smolenski, in his welcome to the summiteers, noted ?We generate more energy from clean sources than any other sports venue in North America. We take managing and reducing our climate impacts seriously.?
Jason Twill, who followed Smolenski and Mayor Kenney on to the main stage shared, ?At the founding meeting of the Green Sports Alliance back in 2010, someone said ?we are in the first year of the final decade in which we can make a major impact on climate.? Now we?re at the end of that decade. Sustainable, to which many aspire, is not enough. Even restoring the planet is not enough. We need to get to a regenerative economy.?
More Twill: ?In 2018, we passed ?Earth Overshoot Day? ? the day when humanity?s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year ? on August 1st. The US passed it on March 15, Canada on March 18. We need to from being ego-centric to eco-centric.?
Jason Twill (Photo credit: Jennifer Twill)
MOVING FORWARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE
If the attendees weren?t awake before these talks, surely they were wide eyed afterwards, even without the benefits of caffeine.
And that was a very good thing because ?Beyond The Ballpark: The Role of Sports in Environmental Justice Reform? was unlike anything an Alliance Summit had ever offered. Moderator Kunal Merchant, an Alliance board member and the co-founder of Lotus Advisory, led a panel that thoughtfully explored the underreported-on intersection of social justice and environmental (climate) justice.
Merchant, whose firm is consulting on the proposed new waterfront ballpark for the Oakland A?s, shared how environmental remediation and cleanup is central to the plan: ?The club will work to clean up the water, soil and waste, with the goal of improving the health and lives of the often marginalized people who have been living with the consequences of the environmental degradation of the area.?
Preliminary artist rendering for the proposed Oakland A?s ballpark near Jack London Square in Oakland. The project will be LEED Gold and reflect the A?s strong commitment to sustainable development and environmental justice (Credit: Oaklandballpark.com)
Recently retired former Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin has made building parks and safe spaces to play for kids in at-risk area the focus of his MTWB (Make The World Better) Foundation work ? they?re now on their fourth park in Philadelphia. When asked how to get more athletes involved in the climate and social-environmental justice fights, Barwin?s answer was simple: ?Corporate sponsors need to ask us!?
Ex-Philadelphia Eagles LB Connor Barwin (r) helped install solar panels atop the roof of this couple?s home in Cherry Hill, NJ in 2015. (Photo credit: NRG)
Mustafa Santiago Ali, VP of Environmental Justice at the National Wildlife Federation, talked about growing up in West Virginia, across the river from a coal plant. ?Some days, we would be playing outside, and when the wind blew in a certain direction, ?the fog? would come in,? recalled Santiago Ali. ?We didn?t know we were being impacted, but some parts of the region have a 50 percent cancer rate?This is environmental INjustice. We need to get to environmental justice for frontline communities: people of color, indigenous people.?
Mustafa Santiago Ali (Photo credit: National Wildlife Federation)
Asthma may have cut short his basketball dreams, but that didn?t stop Vaughn. Far from it. The engaging 19-year old pivoted to music, entering and winning a hip-hop contest by starring in this #FuelChange anthem, promoted by Green For All. Check it out:
Can the Green-Sports movement catalyze this energy and vision displayed in Wednesday morning?s session into meaningful, consistent action ofrom leagues, teams, media, athletes and more?
Watch this space.
MINNEAPOLIS TO HOST 2020 SUMMIT
Thursday morning?s session kicked off with the announcement from Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Roger McClendon that the organization?s 10th annual summit would be held at US Bank Stadium, the LEED Gold home of the Minnesota Vikings.
GreenSportsBlog is ecstatic about this news for two reasons:
Minneapolis, along with St. Paul, make up the Green-Sports-y-est metro area in the United States. In fact, GSB is in the midst of a four-part series on the Twin Cities? Green-Sports-y-ness. Click hereand here for the first two parts.
Here are a few more nuggets and thoughts on the summit before closing the book on Philadelphia 2019:
Another first for a GSA Summit: A conversation about carbon pricing and how it would benefit the sports business. Panelist Steve Hams, representing Citizens? Climate Lobby (CCL), shared the details of the bipartisan Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act(EICDA) of 2019 bill currently making the rounds in the US House of Representatives.
It would place a price on carbon ($15/metric ton of carbon in year one and then rising $10/ton/year after that) at the point of extraction (mine, well) or the border. The fees raised would not go to the federal treasury. Rather, they would be paid out as a dividend to households in the form of a monthly direct deposit. It?s progressive: Independent analyses estimate that the lowest 66 percent of American households on the income scale would earn more in dividends than they would pay out in higher prices due to the fees. And it?s revenue neutral in that it doesn?t add to the size of government, which should appeal to conservatives.
According to Hams, businesses involved in sports, including the small and medium size companies who sell to venues and teams ? many of whom were exhibitors at the summit ? should love this policy: ?Most fans will have more money in their pockets because of this policy, which means more money to spend on tickets. Plus the policy will accelerate the pace of reducing emissions and cleaning up our environment, which will be good for all sports.?
Full disclosure: The discussion on carbon pricing took place during a panel, ?Sports, Carbon, & Climate,? moderated by yours truly. And I am a CCL volunteer.
Tuesday was Stadium Tour Day. Three venues in four hours. This is only possible in Philadelphia because Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles), Citizens? Bank Park (Phillies) and Wells Fargo Center (76ers and Flyers) are all in the same complex.
The Eagles are, by far, the green leader: Massive solar installations on the stadium?s east wall and in the parking lot, LEED Gold, ISO 20121 certified and more.
The Phillies are doing a lot right: An LED lighting retrofit that has reduced energy use by 25 percent, an advanced water pump and HVAC monitoring system, and a branded ?Red Goes Green? program to communicate with fans. But they aren?t measuring their overall carbon footprint yet. A big opportunity missed, it says here, because measuring it would uncover more energy and dollar savings.
Wells Fargo Center is in the midst of huge renovation ? Transformation 2020 ? with energy efficiency a part of the mix. That said, I did not get the sense that the environment is central part of the arena?s DNA. Comcast, which owns the facility is not looking to go for LEED certification.
Citizens? Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo credit: Visit Philly)
Substantive discussions on climate ruled the day on Thursday. ?The Role of Sport in Civic Engagement & Public Policy,? was a wonkish discussion of how:
Sports can marshal the favorable market forces in the renewable energy, EV and energy storage sectors
Brands can engage fans and athletes for a greater purpose, like the climate fight, and,
The sports world can encourage fans to vote.
The wonkishness was not surprising given the panel lineup of former Obama administration members. Moderator Cyrus Wadia worked in the Obama White House, as did panelists Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote (perennial NBA All Star Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets is involved) and Charlie Gay, who worked in 44?s Department of Energy. And while Perfecto (that?s his real name) Sanchez did not work in the Obama Administration, he did do two tours of duty with the Army in Iraq and his company, JourneyOne, helps align corporate mission with employee purpose in order move companies achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Cyrus Wadia (Photo credit: Unreasonable Group)
Finally, I came away from the Summit with one big thing from Thursday?s last session, ?Speaking Science: Making Climate Change & Sustainability Relevant to Fans.?
Panelist Eric Fine, Project Manager of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, shared these data from a 2018 survey of Americans that divided us into six groups regarding our attitudes on climate. Almost 60 percent are alarmed or concerned. Another 17 percent are cautious with 5 percent disengaged. Another 9 percent are doubtful and only 9 percent are dismissive.
The alarmed/concerned number was higher than I expected, with the doubtful/dismissive number being significantly lower.
So what was that one big thing?
Public attitudes are moving towards the Green-Sports movement so teams, leagues and more have the space now to be bolder than they?ve ever been.
There will be some blow back. There will be instances where ?go slow? wins the day. And there will, understandably, be disagreements on what language to use.
But the movement needs push through self-imposed brakes whenever possible and go forward faster and more consistently on climate and environmental-social justice than it has before.
Because 2030 will be here sooner than we think.
But before 2030 comes 2020, so see you in Minneapolis next June.
Rolling Stones Kick Off No Filter Tour In Chicago: Live Review
Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 4:30 pm
The Rolling Stones kicked it up a notch for their 2019 tour opener at Soldier Field. For longtime Stones fans, it was a thing of beauty, especially considering Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery in April, forcing the tour to be rescheduled.
Bots! Transparency! âDrip Pricing!â Online Ticketing Takes Center Stage At FTC Workshop
Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 11:43 am
A state of the ticketing union was provided at the Federal Trade Commission?s ?That?s The Ticket? online ticket sales workshop in Washington, D.C., June 12, broaching the subjects of bots, transparency, ?drip? pricing and various other aspects of consumer protection in ticketing for concerts and sporting events.
Dave Bartholomew, NOLA Giant And Rock Pioneer With Fats Domino, Dies At 100
Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 11:40 am
Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n? roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as ?Ain?t That a Shame,? ?I?m Walkin?? and ?Let the Four Winds Blow,? has died. He was 100.
Live Nation Partners For 'Adobe Creative Tour'; Fans Could Win Trip To Lollapalooza
Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 9:20 am
Live Nation has partnered with multimedia software Adobe to launch the Adobe Creative Tour, an online hub where music fans and creators can chronicle 2019 music festivals including Lollapalooza Chicago, Sea.Hear.Now. in New Jersey, and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans.
Billie Eilishâs Non-Disposable Pop For Now People: Live Review
Posted: 23 Jun 2019, 2:34 pm
There is no artist more emblematic of music in 2019 than 17-year-old
wunderkind Billie Eilish (though Lil Nas X may come close). Witness the Beatlemania-like fervor that enveloped her sold-out
Washington, D.C. show at the 6,000-capacity Anthem on an overcast
mid-June night long before the curtain went up.
Elliot Roberts, A Champion Of Laurel Canyon Artists And Longtime Manager Of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Dies At 76
Posted: 21 Jun 2019, 10:38 pm
Elliot Roberts, a legendary manager who was an early champion of many artists who populated L.A.?s Laurel Canyon neighborhoods and changed American pop music in the 1960s and ?70s, died today (June 21), a publicist for many of his clients confirmed.
Woodstock 50 Applies For New Site, Loses Appeal For $18.5 Million From Former Festival Backer
Posted: 21 Jun 2019, 8:32 pm
twists and turns of the Woodstock 50 saga continue with news that festival organizers
have applied for a permit to host the event at Vernon Downs, a horse racking
track, casino and hotel in Vernon, N.Y. The update comes a week and a half
after Watkins Glen International, a racetrack in Watkins Glen, N.Y., broke the
news that it had terminated the site license for the festival ?pursuant to
provisions of the contract.?
Ariana Grande Announces Additional âSweetenerâ US Dates
Posted: 21 Jun 2019, 2:59 pm
Ariana Grande has announced 19 additional U.S. arena dates toward the end of the year for her already massive Sweetener World Tour, with markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas.
AEG’s Vice President of Energy and Environment John Marler Named to Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors
LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2019) ? AEG, the world leading sports and live entertainment company announced today that its vice president of energy and environment, John Marler, will join the board of directors of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA). The Green Sports Alliance is the leader in leveraging the market influence of sports to promote environmentally sustainable practices.
?I am honored to represent AEG, a founding partner of the Green Sports Alliance, as a member of the board to further GSA?s mission of leveraging the power of sports to protect the environment,? said Marler. ?I look forward to working with the other distinguished directors to further the impact of sustainable practices within the sports industry to address global environmental issues.?
Under Marler?s leadership, AEG recently adopted a new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal to achieve zero emissions by 2050, based on the 2018 Global Warming of 1.5 degreesCelsius report from the United Nations? Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The company also recently pledged its support to the United Nation?s Sports for Climate Action Framework through its various sports entities: LA Kings, LA Galaxy, Eisbären Berlin and Ontario Reign, Amgen Tour of California ? California?s premiere bike race on the UCI World Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour ? and AEG Rugby.
?John brings a wealth of experience from a large international portfolio of industry leading sports and entertainment venues and we are thrilled to have him as the newest member of our Board,? said Roger McClendon, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. ?From the very beginning, AEG has been a strong supporter of the Green Sports Alliance and industry leader in establishing groundbreaking sustainability initiatives and we look forward to working together to advance our industry and use the cultural and market influence of sports to drive a more prosperous and sustainable future.?
In his current role as vice president of energy and environment, Marler oversees AEG?s industry-leading corporate sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, as well as AEG Energy Services, AEG?s corporate energy management program. Prior to joining AEG in 2013, Marler focused on renewable and alternative energy contracts and smart grid research and development at Southern California Edison. Prior to joining the Edison team, Marler practiced law for four years as an attorney in New York, where he focused on commercial litigation and business transactions. He currently serves on the board of directors of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.
About the Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 20 sports leagues in 14 countries.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world?s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world?s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
Closing the Material Loop features over 15 case studies contributed by corporate, non-profit, and public sector leaders who understand the economic and environmental imperative to utilizing waste. By shining a spotlight on organizations and partnerships that have created successful programs and business models to recover and reuse materials, the report aims to inspire more communities and businesses to take a proactive role in uncovering the value within their waste.
Featured public sector and non-profit organizations included in the report are Cal Recycle, the City of Austin, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, Kent County, the City of Phoenix, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Lonely Whale, NextWave, the Resource Solutions Innovation Network, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Featured private sector organizations included in the report are Aquafil, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Best Buy, Circular Solutions Advisors, Dell, Ecoculture Manufacturing Corp, Ecologic Brands, ECOR, ERI, HP, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Oxnard Pallet Company, UNIFI, Up Cycle it Now, and The Super Bowl.
WARRIORS AND CHASE CENTER SIGN UN SPORTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION INITIATIVE
Franchise Becomes the First NBA Team to Commit to the UN?s Climate Change Initiative Aimed at Sports Organizations
SAN FRANCISCO, CA ? The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Chase Center, the Warriors new 18,064-seat privately financed sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco?s Mission Bay neighborhood, today announced they have become the first NBA team to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative to show their commitment to combating global climate change. This program aims to support and guide sports organizations in achieving global climate change goals in accordance with the Paris Agreement, whose goal is to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative was formed with the objectives of achieving a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change and using sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens. By signing the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative, the Warriors and Chase Center are committing to the program?s five principles to:
Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
Reduce overall climate impact
Educate for climate action
Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
Advocate for climate action through communication
?We know that climate change is a global concern that needs to be addressed immediately and realize the impact that we and the global sports community can have on combating it,? said Chase Center General Manager Kim Stone. ?As we put the finishing touches on Chase Center and get ready for the opening of the arena, sustainability is going to be at the core focus of everything we do, from business operations to how we put on games and events.?
The Warriors and Chase Center join a number of signatories in the global sports community, including the International Olympic Committee, International Federation of Association Football and Rugby World Cup 2021.
Chase Center, an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena set to open in September of 2019, will anchor Thrive City, the multipurpose, privately financed complex in San Francisco?s Mission Bay neighborhood consisting of 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space that are part of a larger mixed-use development including two office buildings and dozens of unique restaurant and retail locations. Chase Center will play host to games featuring the six-time NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, concerts, cultural events, family shows and more, totaling nearly 200 events per year. Thrive City, the surrounding district of Chase Center, will be a community gathering space providing a slate of year-round health and wellness programming, including Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmer?s markets, ice skating and much more.
WSL PURE Sets New Standard Designed to Protect Environment Amid Climate Crisis
Photo credit: WSL/Ed Sloane
LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Tuesday, June 4, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) today announced a series of sustainability commitments that set a new standard for global professional sports. These commitments – designed to inspire, educate and empower ocean lovers while addressing critical environmental issues – apply to all WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour events and include:
Becoming carbon neutral globally by the end of 2019;
Eliminating single-serve plastics by the end of 2019; and
Leaving each place better than it was found.
This effort builds on the WSL’s existing ocean conservation efforts, including WSL PURE, its non-profit arm, which stands for Protecting Understanding and Respecting the Environment. As part of its announcement today, the WSL is also launching a global marketing campaign and inviting members of the ocean community to make the PURE pledge to “Stop Trashing Waves” and join a worldwide paddle out on June 15 in honor of International Surfing Day, founded by the Surfrider Foundation.
“The WSL is incredibly proud to break new ground in sports in the urgent battle against climate change and ocean pollution,” said WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “We believe it’s our responsibility to be ?all in’ with our efforts to protect the ocean and beaches amid the devastating climate crisis we all face. We invite everyone who cares about the ocean to join us.”
Some facts that have propelled the WSL to make these commitments:
Because of increased global temperatures, the ocean has absorbed more than 90 percent of the excess heat in the atmosphere, which causes more frequent and intense storms and dangerously rising sea levels.
Approximately 30 percent of the carbon in the atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean, causing acidification that harms coral reefs and other marine life.
Plastics break down into small microparticles that are ingested by marine life, ultimately entering the food we eat and water we drink.
The specifics of the WSL commitments include:
Becoming carbon neutral globally by the end of 2019, including at WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour events:
The WSL is offsetting its carbon footprint by investing in and supporting projects such as REDD+ (reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) and VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) certified carbon offset projects that have a focus on restoring and protecting natural ecosystems and renewable energy ecosystems and are based in each of the WSL’s regions. For example:
In Asia Pacific: The Katingan Mentaya project in Borneo is a REDD+ peat swamp forest that fights deforestation from mining and palm oil plantations. VCS and Triple Gold Certified project recognized for its positive social impacts (34 communities; 45k people) and biodiversity (5 Critically Endangered, 8 Endangered, and 31 Vulnerable species).
In South America: The Santa Vitoria do Palmar and Chui wind farm in Brazil (a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism Certified Emission Reduction project) which powers 400,000 homes, and the ceramic factories of Argibem, Săo Sebastiăo, and Vulcăo which run on renewable biomass instead of native timber from endangered and unique Brazilian ecosystems, and also has positive social impacts in the community schools.
In Africa: The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust located in Kenya, which supports the Chyulu Hills REDD+ project to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, restores biodiversity and creates alternative livelihoods.
In North America: Almost 24,000 acres of protected Redwood forest protected from traditional logging to store carbon and safeguard endangered wildlife (Coho Salmon and Northern Spotted Owl) in the coastal watersheds of the Garcia River Forests in Mendocino County.
The WSL will also reduce its carbon footprint by regionalizing its operation, limiting non-essential travel and implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions at its offices.
The WSL carbon offset program is calculated and curated in partnership with STOKE (Sustainable Tourism & Outdoors Kit for Evaluation), a certification organization with standards built specifically for surf and mountain tourism operators, destinations, and affiliated events.
Eliminating single-serve plastics from WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour events by the end of 2019:
The WSL is specifically targeting items related to food-service like bottled beverages, cutlery, and cups, as these single-serve items are often not recyclable.
The WSL already provides clean drinking water stations for fans to refill their bottles and choose compostable materials where possible for food service.
Leaving each WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour stop better than it was found:
The WSL is reducing its event footprint and developing a financial grant program to commit money to local projects and non-profits that are working to safeguard our coasts and protect these habitats.
“So stoked that the WSL is setting this amazing example, and I hope all other professional sports follow their lead – and soon!” said Dr. Ayana Johnson, marine biologist and founder of Ocean Collectiv and Urban Ocean Lab. “Where governments fail to lead, business can and should step all the way up to address our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises.”
“I think it’s a great stance and an important message to send to people around the world,” said 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater. “The ocean is vital to everyone, for food, for oxygen and especially to us surfers. I think everyone should make it their priority to care about this issue and make changes in their lives to help.”
As part of the commitment, the WSL is launching a multi-faceted digital and print marketing campaign, titled “Stop Trashing Waves.” Creative features pro surfers Conner Coffin, Filipe Toledo, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Tatiana Weston Webb, Paige Alms, Greg Long, Kai Lenny, and Bianca Valenti and will appear across social media and other platforms.
“In the sport of surfing and beyond, it’s imperative that we all act immediately,” said Reece Pacheco, WSL SVP Ocean Responsibility and Executive Director, WSL PURE. “Looking ahead, we plan to inspire more and more people to join us in reducing and offsetting their emissions through our upcoming carbon calculator and offset platform.”
More information about the WSL commitments and tips for the general public, as well as details and locations for paddle outs, can be found at WSLPURE.org.
About the #StopTrashingWaves Pledge
The WSL wants to inspire everyone to take a pledge to Stop Trashing Waves. The WSL is backing up the pledge with new initiatives centered around reducing our carbon footprint, refusing single-serve plastics, and leaving every coastline better than it was found.
To make incredible waves of impact, the WSL is asking everyone to make their own commitment and pledge to #stoptrashingwaves.
No action is too small. Small changes collectively can make big waves to protect our ocean and planet.
About WSL PURE
PURE stands for Protecting, Understanding, and Respecting the Environment, and is the non-profit arm of the WSL. Founded in 2016, WSL PURE is on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower ocean protection, starting with the global surf community. WSL PURE is specifically focused on the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and coastal ruin.
PURE leverages the WSL’s incredible platform to shine a light on the people making a difference — environmentalists, athletes, advocacy organizations, communities, individuals — and collaborates with world-class, non-profit partners including: Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Lonely Whale, Bloomberg Philanthropies, NRDC, North Shore Community Land Trust, Surfrider Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, Take 3 For The Sea, Save The Waves Coalition, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustainable Coastlines HI, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Santa Barbara Channel Keeper, 5 Gyres Institute and The Center for Climate and Life at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
STOKE (Sustainable Tourism & Outdoors Kit for Evaluation), a California Social Purpose Corporation, is the world’s first sustainability certification body with standards built specifically for surf and mountain tourism operators, destinations, and affiliated events. Through its network of independent evaluators, STOKE verifies the legitimacy of sustainability claims and provides transparency for the outdoor community through its certification programs-STOKE Surf, STOKE Snow, and STOKE Events. Since 2013, STOKE has grown to 27 members in 11 countries across all of its certification programs.
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.
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.
An Event Plannerâs 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.
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.
San Franciscoâs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fourth Annual IAEE Womenâs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Momź? Trade Show Consulting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.