Barclays Center
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Sports teams like the Brooklyn Nets and L.A. Kings score points on the court and ice. Meanwhile, their parent company is shooting for some goals of its own.

John Marler is Vice President of Energy and Environment at AEG, a company that owns sports teams, stadiums and entertainment venues around the world.

He says the company has ambitious goals for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water, and reducing waste across all its operations and venues.

Marler: “We do what we can to minimize our emissions and to constantly look for ways we can make incremental improvements.”

AEG stadiums now include sustainability features ranging from on-site gardens to major energy-saving programs. The Staples Center in L.A. can generate up to a fifth of its power from rooftop solar panels. And the Barclays Center in Brooklyn has a huge green roof that reduces heat absorption on hot days. Marler says it’s about more than the energy saved.

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Marler: “We have one hundred million sports entertainment fans that come through our doors every year. And if we can engage with them about sustainability and communicate what we’re doing, that can have a really big multiplier effect and amplify what we’re already doing.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Eileen Mignoni

Eileen Mignoni is a South Florida-based visual journalist who has been working on stories about science, the environment, and energy for nearly 10 years. In addition to her work at Yale Climate Connections,...