Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ray Allen Opening Organic Fast-Food Restaurant In South Miami

Miami Herald
By Chabeli Herrera

Move over, LeBron James: It’s another former Miami Heat star’s chance at a lucrative career in Miami’s healthy dining scene.

Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, are trying their hand at nutritious meals with Grown, an organic fast-food restaurant set to open in March in South Miami at 8211 S. Dixie Hwy.

The Juice Spot closed early this year, leaving a vacancy in the field of basketball player-owned healthy eateries in Miami.  12208257_736457803122560_6718164481174088180_n

But Allen’s will be different.

Grown was inspired by his son’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. Nine-year-old Walker’s struggles with managing a busy lifestyle and getting the nutrient-rich food he needs inspired mom Shannon to create her own solution.

“I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us, families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise,” she said.


The Waste Management Phoenix Open Brings Together Partners to Support Change the Course

Press release from Coca-Cola North America, Change the Course, Waste Management & Bonneville Environmental Foundation

PHOENIX – Feb. 18, 2016 Change the Course, a freshwater restoration movement, continues its significant investment in the Verde River Valley as Coca-Cola, Waste Management and The Thunderbirds commit an additional $30,000 to support projects in the region.

In 2013, Change the Course supported its first water restoration project on the Verde River, less than two hours north of the TPC Scottsdale. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Arizona and local irrigators, Change the Course provided funding to modernize irrigation infrastructure and demonstrate that, with smarter water management and improved infrastructure, it is possible to enhance river flows without sacrificing agricultural production. With the installation of solar-powered “smart” gates, water-level actuators and other monitoring, irrigators have the ability to divert just the amount of water they need for their crops, leaving the rest for the river.

“Many irrigation systems haven’t been modernized since they were first created over a century ago,” said Todd Reeve, CEO of Bonneville Environmental Foundation. “In many instances antiquated water delivery systems force irrigators to divert more water than they need because they lack the infrastructure to fine-tune water delivery.”

“A suite of projects supported by Change the Course and implemented by The Nature Conservancy in Arizona and other conservation organizations will enhance stream flows throughout the upper Verde River to support people, fish, wildlife, and recreation. Through this partnership, we hope to optimize the use of this precious resource to benefit both the community and the environment,” continued Reeve.

As a charter sponsor of Change the Course, Coca-Cola contributed significantly toward the success of the pilot in the Colorado River Basin, which has now supported a total of six projects in the Verde River Valley.

“By partnering with Change the Course and contributing additional dollars to the Verde River Program, we’ll help restore significant water flow to the river. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, including land owners and irrigators, we’ll invest in new irrigation infrastructure that will allow irrigators to better control and manage the water they divert from the river,” says Coca-Cola North American Water Resource Manager Jon Radtke.

Waste Management became a Change the Course sponsor in 2014 and worked with The Thunderbirds, host organization of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to integrate a program at the tournament aimed at raising awareness about water use, water conservation and water restoration. The Change the Course program provided the company with the opportunity to share messaging about how water is captured from onsite kitchens and reused in portable restrooms, and fresh water usage by attendees is balanced through projects that restore water to depleted rivers and streams in Arizona.

“For this year’s tournament, Waste Management was already supporting Change the Course, and it’s great that we could join together with fellow sponsor Coca-Cola to bring awareness to these water restoration projects on one of Arizona’s most precious and beloved rivers,” said Janette Micelli, Waste Management external communications manager.

“Water is one of the most precious natural resources in Arizona and Change the Course gives everyone attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open the opportunity to make a positive impact,” said Tournament Chairman Dan Mahoney.  “Their individual pledges may not seem like much by themselves, but together they can make a huge difference to the future of our water supply.  It is an honor to participate in this grass-roots movement.”

During the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Change the Course invites patrons to make a free pledge to conserve water in their daily lives. For every pledge made, Change the Course will return 1,000 gallons of water to the Verde River. To date, Change the Course has built a pledge community of more than 168,000 people, supported over 20 new water restoration projects, and expanded its successful model beyond the Colorado River Basin to California, Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas.

CALL TO ACTION: Members of the public can calculate their own freshwater footprint and contribute to the water conservation efforts by making the free pledge to conserve water at changethecourse.us or by texting WMPO to 77177. For every pledge, Change the Course will restore 1,000 gallons of water to depleted ecosystems throughout North America.

Playing Our Part: The Bigger Play Around Super Bowl 50

By Robin Raj
Founder and executive creative director of Citizen Group

So the circus has officially hit town, and we Bay Area residents are now bracing ourselves for the excitement, onslaught and hoopla surrounding the biggest of big games. And while some are quick to dismiss the Super Bowl as nothing but moneyball writ large, or fear a looming ‘Bowl-agedeon,’ this year there’s another story playing out that may not get the media attention it deserves.

That’s because the SF Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has publicly committed to make this the first ‘net positive Super Bowl’ — a commitment to do more good than harm for Bay Area communities, socially, environmentally and economically. In other words, they are aiming to use the immense power of the world’s single largest one-day sports event as a platform to do good – and they should be acknowledged and applauded for it.

It began with the Host Committee’s commitment more than a year ago to set aside 25 percent of all corporate sponsorship dollars raised around Super Bowl 50 to benefit local communities and our environment. A unique goal, to be sure. It followed with creation of The 50 Fund, a grant-making program that’s on track to deliver some $6 million dollars to more than 130 local non-profits. And it will come to life in these last days by inspiring local fans to play their part by reducing their collective impacts.

Read the full article here.

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