The below information outlines the 2017 Summit Tours to give you an idea of the types of tours typically offered at the Summit each year. In 2017, the tours focused on sustainable best practices and efficiency measures of stadiums and venues in Sacramento, CA and the region.
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One of the most attended ballparks in MiLB, Raley Field hosts over 600,000 fans each season. Over the past several years, Raley Field has utilized partnerships to reduce their carbon footprint. The tour will highlight various sustainability programs and how the River Cats utilize their partners to interact with and educate fans.
At California Safe Soil (CSS), we work to turn America’s “Farm-to-Fork” Capital into the “Fork-to-Farm” Capital. CSS converts food from supermarkets – and the Golden 1 Center – that can no longer be sold or donated into a liquid fertilizer, called Harvest-to-Harvest (H2H) ™, in only 3 hours. The wasted food collected is comprised of fruits, vegetables, meat, deli trimmings, seafood and bakery goods. Our patented process uses heat, mechanical action and enzymes to convert these proteins, fats and carbohydrates into amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars: the “building blocks of life.” The final liquid H2H™ product can be delivered directly to the root zone through any fertigation system, increasing soil organic matter and stimulating life in the soil, which increases root growth and ultimately improves the plants’ uptake of water and nutrients. All of these factors reduce the need for excess synthetic fertilizers and heighten the plants’ and soil’s retention of important macronutrients.
During the tour of our 80,000 square foot facility, we will guide you through the entire digestion process, showing you the transformation the food undergoes as it is converted into a nutrient-dense liquid fertilizer. Our goal within the coming years is to have similar facilities constructed around the country that would be in a position to serve other stadia and arenas that are members of the Green Sports Alliance. Speakers at this tour will include Executive Chef Michael Tuohy; Dan Morash | Founder, California Safe Soil; Craig McNamara | President, California State Board of Food and Agriculture, and owner, Sierra Orchards; and Steve Gaines | Senior Director, Retail Services, Save Mart Supermarkets.
Join us in this exciting behind the scenes tour exploring how our state of the art Student Health and Wellness Athletic Facility proudly measures up to its impressive LEED Gold rating making one’s experience a green experience too! Highlights of this beautiful facility include sunflower seed wall panels, foiltech sky lighting, our very unique terrazzo flooring with a special twist, sustainably harvested building materials, and so much more! Next explore our hugely unique on-site composting facility where we create our own nutrient-rich compost from campus food and green waste, reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Also, learn about how our storm water management system captures 3.2 million gallons of rain water, helping to replenish our groundwater supply. This 1.5 hour guided walking tour will not disappoint! Sustainability at Sac State video
Join us in a behind the scenes tour of Golden 1 Center, the first LEED Platinum arena in the world. Ranking in the top 3 percent of high performance buildings worldwide, Golden 1 Center gives green sports and entertainment a new standard. This beautiful building is 100 percent solar powered, cutting nearly 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. With its convenient downtown location, the arena boasts its greater use of light rail, commuter rail, buses, bikes, ridesharing, and other alternatives – cutting overall air emissions by 24 percent and reducing miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent. Energy efficient and drought conscious, the arena leverages efficient strategies including LED lighting controls, green walls, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and use of drought-resistant plants. Aside from its impressive architecture, Golden 1 Center also sources 90 percent of their ingredients from a 150-mile radius. No matter what you choose to eat, when dining at Golden 1 Center guests will experience all of Sacramento’s diversity and abundance.
SunSystem Technology, the company that installed the rooftop solar system on the Golden 1 Center, will be taking you on a journey through all stages of the solar process. They will cover how to properly set expectations, the importance of planning, the intricacies of the construction process, and how solar affects public perception. Solar is one of the most public-facing and financially sound investments a state-of-the-art facility can make. As a thought leader and staple of the community, it is paramount that you maximize the potential, both social and financial, of a renewable energy investment.
UC Davis, recently ranked number one in the world for its campus sustainability practices, is at the forefront of the energy and sustainability revolution. On this tour, you will visit three facilities that embody our sustainability leadership: UC Davis’ California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) where you will see some of the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming lighting in California, across the U.S. and beyond. The CLTC includes full-scale laboratories for research and development, prototyping, and product testing. Aggie Stadium, the first collegiate zero waste stadium in the nation, where you will learn about what led UC Davis to embrace implementation of a zero waste stadium and the issues we have confronted with concessions, outside food, and visitor outreach and education. Dobbins Baseball Complex and Swimley Baseball Field, where you will see sports turf best management practices around turf marking, irrigation, fertilizer use and more. Join us on this exciting tour and see how UC Davis is advancing key issues related to lighting quality and performance, zero waste sporting events, and sports turf management.