Monthly Archives: March 2015

River Cats Introduce Green Initiatives For 2015

Released by the Sacramento River Cats:

– River Cats Introduce Green Initiatives For 2015 –

– Announce Partnerships with Green Sports Alliance and Green Acres Nursery and Supply –

The Sacramento River Cats are proud to partner with the Green Sports Alliance and several local businesses in an effort to develop additional environmentally responsible programs and initiatives. The Green Sports Alliance joins Republic Services, Commerce Printing Services, and Green Acres Nursery and Supply in partnering with the River Cats and Raley Field to create programs that push the envelope in regards to waste diversion, sustainability, and community health.

Amid a busy offseason, the River Cats are now affiliated with the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants have been honored with the MLB Green Glove Award in each of the seven years it’s been awarded since 2008. “As an affiliate of the Giants, who are among the sports sustainability elite, we felt it was important to lead the path of sustainability in the Sacramento Region and Minor League Baseball as a whole,” said River Cats President Jeff Savage. “Our goal is to educate other small businesses and individuals within the community on changes they can make to become more sustainable.”

New to Raley Field this season, the River Cats have teamed up with Green Acres Nursery & Supply to create the Raley Field Gardens. Located down the right field line, the Raley Field Gardens allow Green Acres Nursery & Supply and the River Cats to provide produce for local food banks and to educate area communities about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The produce from the Raley Field Gardens will also be used in stadium concessions to promote local consumption and reduce Raley Field’s overall carbon footprint.

Republic Services is entering its 6th season as Raley Field’s waste hauling and recycling partner and has taken the ballpark’s diversion efforts to a whole new level. This season’s enhanced recycling and food waste programs will greatly contribute to the River Cats reaching their sustainability goals, and programs designed to divert waste from landfills will be turned into fertilizer and low-emission fuel for the Republic Services fleet. As part of the program, the River Cats and Republic Services have installed GreenDrop diversion bins in the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, Tito’s Solon Club, and all 36 suites on the Lasher’s Elk Grove Acura Suite Level.

Along with the gardens and diversion programs, Raley Field will undergo its first significant lighting and energy retrofit during the River Cat’s 16th season in West Sacramento. The facility’s external retrofit will replace or convert existing fixtures to energy efficient LED lighting. Utilizing rebates and financing through PG&E, the project has an estimated payback time of 3-5 years.

A long-time partner of the River Cats, Commerce Printing Services is working hard to decrease the carbon footprint on all printing needs at Raley Field. Commerce Printing uses 100% vegetable-based inks and recycled paper to print the game programs. They also deliver all printing to Raley Field using their fleet of plug-in hybrid and biofuel vehicles and utilize 100% renewable energy to power their facility.

The Green Sports Alliance is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that works with sports teams, venues, leagues and events to positively influence their communities and promote the development of environmentally preferable practices. The GSA has nearly 300 members from across the sports industry, and will be partnering with the River Cats and Raley Field to garner new ideas for a greener organization, facility and community.

“Minor League Baseball teams and venues are recognizable and beloved leaders in their communities,” said Green Sports Alliance Membership Director David Muller. “The commitment the River Cats have made to enhancing the environmental performance of Raley Field and developing programs and communications to promote sustainability awareness will have a significant impact on the community. We are honored to be working with the River Cats on their continued greening efforts, and look forward to the insights and leadership they will contribute to the broader GSA member network.”

The River Cats are committed to the continued growth of their sustainability planning and reporting. For additional information on the environmental initiatives and programs at Raley Field, please visit rivercats.com/sustainability.

Sacramento Kings Partner with SPI Solar

Last week the Sacramento Kings announced a Legacy Partnership agreement with vertically integrated photovoltaic developer SPI Solar, which will serve as the official energy partner for the Kings’ new arena that broke ground last October. As a partner of the Kings, SPI Solar will install sustainable photovoltaic solar systems on the roof of the Entertainment and Sports Center and integrate sustainability promotion throughout the facility.


The agreement continues Sacramento’s focus on sustainability at its new facility. During planning, the Kings committed to becoming the first California building project to earn LEED Gold certification. The selection of the arena site was predicated on reducing transportation mileage for fans to reduce the air-quality impact of hosting NBA games, and the venue has committed to sourcing 90 percent of ingredients for its concessions locally.

“SPI is a global company with local ties, and we’re proud to work with like-minded partners that understand the importance of environmental stewardship,” Kings president Chris Granger said about the partnership with SPI Solar. “Leveraging Sacramento’s weather will increase the ESC’s energy independence and serve as a model throughout the region and sports industry. It’s truly a win-win.”

Read the full article here.

2015 NBA Green Week Tips Off

The NBA is devoting an entire week of programs to engaging fans in sustainability and generating awareness to help strengthen communities and protect the environment. This year, the 2015 NBA Green Week presented by Sprint started on Sunday March 22 and will run until March 29.  NBA_GreenWeek_Sprint_horiz

In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, the NBA is the only professional sports league to dedicate an entire week every year to educating fans about environmental stewardship with simple steps they can do at home.

The 2015 NBA Green Week presented by Sprint will see teams and players participating in greening programs and events that encourage fans to take on green “three pointers” that focus on ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, which aim to help fans to be more environmentally responsible at home and throughout their communities.

The NBA has a number of national environmental programs and communications during NBA Green Week. These include:

  • NBA and NBA Cares is posting “three pointers” with #NBAGreen social channels that will combine game highlights with simple green tips to help fans reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • The NBA is working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree each time #NBAGreen is posted by fans (up to 25,000 trees) throughout the week.
  • The NBA is planting three trees for every three-pointer hit during an NBA game from March 22 to 29.
  • In collaboration with Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the NBA and Sprint has purchased renewable energy certificates to ensure all 64 NBA games played during Green Week are powered by 100% renewable energy.
  • Sprint is working with NBA legends to host phone recycling events in Boston and Los Angeles where fans can participate in the Sprint Buyback Program to recycle their phones responsibly with e-Stewards certified recyclers.

The many NBA team activations during Green Week include:

  • The Atlanta Hawks will feature a Threes For Trees program.
  • The Denver Nuggets will feature Green Week appearances at the Denver Zoo.
  • The Detroit Pistons will feature Pistons Green Week, host a Market Garden Green House Event and will complete in-arena Green Week activations.
  • The Golden State Warriors will host ABD Learning Without Limits, an E-Waste Recycling Event and Warriors Green Mob Week, and complete in-arena Green Week activations.
  • The Houston Rockets will host RecycleFest, Tree Planting Event, Twitter Tours and an Environmental Awareness Game and a viewing party at GreenStreet.
  • The Indiana Pacers will host an E-Cycling Event.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers will complete in-arena Green Week activations.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies will feature Grizzlies Green Week; Grizzlies Go Green Night and the tenth Annual Tree Planting Event at Shelby Farm Park.
  • The Orlando Magic will enhance a community garden and complete in-arena Green Week activations.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers will host the second annual Rip City Eco-Summit.
  • The Sacramento Kings will host a Farm to Fork Panel.
  • The San Antonio Spurs will feature Spurs Green Week Activation and host Go Green Night.

Join your favorite NBA team and get in on the Green Week action this week by taking some of the following simple steps that the NBA is sharing with active fans around the world:

  • Recycle your old sports gear. Donate balls, shoes or jerseys you’ve grown out of to help others and the environment.
  • Bike to work, the gym, or around town to stay healthy, save money and avoid harmful emissions.
  • Use your stainless steel water bottle at practices and games to save money, America’s energy resources, and the environment.
  • Buy post-workout snacks in bulk to save cash and cut back on packaging waste.
  • Save on gas, money and pollution by braking less and coasting to a stop.
  • Put houseplants around your home to cut down on contaminants. Clean air is important for staying healthy on and off the court.
  • Carpool with friends and teammates (or take public transit!) to games and practices to save on your gas bills and cut down on pollution.
  • Bring a reusable bag to the store when picking up food and drinks for practices or games.
  • Check your local news for traffic information before heading out. Sitting in traffic is a waste of time and money; it also creates 8x as much air pollution as traffic moving at regular highway speeds.

Find out more at www.nba.com/green and follow the conversation on Twitter at #NBAGreen, #GreenSports, @SportsAlliance and @NBACares.

Read more about the 2015 NBA Green Week accomplishments in Sports Illustrated.

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