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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Arsenal Marks Earth Hour

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We are supporting Earth Hour by turning off the lights at Emirates Stadium from 8.30pm this evening, and continuing action beyond the hour with our commitment to sustainable energy with Official Club Partner Octopus Energy.

Earth Hour is a global movement that calls for greater action on climate change. Each year millions of people around the world come together for an hour to host events, switch lights off and raise awareness around climate change action.

It’s been the hottest year on record for the third year in a row so it’s crucial to show our support for action on climate change now more than ever.

Arsenal Deputy Stadium Manager Michael Lloyd said: “By joining millions around the world in turning off our lights, we want to show our support for action on climate change. But it has to go further than that. We want to encourage all Arsenal fans to make the small changes that they can, so we are making it easy for them to support our efforts and switch to green energy with our Official Energy partner, Octopus Energy.”

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LA Kings Green: New Sustainability Program & Participation in Earth Hour

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In celebration of the NHL’s annual NHL Green Week, AEG’s Los Angeles Kings recently announced the launch of a new sustainability program, LA Kings Green . LA Kings Green, proudly supported by Waste Management, was developed with the understanding that environmental issues directly impact hockey, a sport often learned atop of frozen ponds. The program is designed to reduce the team’s environmental footprint and to help create a more sustainable Los Angeles.

In collaboration with AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate sustainability program, LA Kings Green focus is threefold:

Arena Operations: Regular upgrades to STAPLES Center to improve its efficiency and maintain its status as an industry leader in sustainable operations in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste diversion

Fan Engagement: Positive, actionable information learned during games so fans can take lessons learned at STAPLES Center home with them.

Community Engagement: Practical opportunities for fans to reduce their environmental footprint through community service events.

In celebration of the team’s 50th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, the LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation partnered with various environmental organizations such as Grid Alternatives and Heal the Bay to drive awareness to sustainability-related causes. Through its partnership with Grid Alternatives, the Kings sponsored the solar panel installation of a family’s home, which is estimated to save the household more than $20,000 in energy-related costs for a 20-year period, avoiding 44 tons of emissions. The LA Kings also hosted a tri-city beach clean-up with Heal the Bay, and brought together more than 250 volunteers and removed 700 lbs. of trash in just two hours.

Most recently, the LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated in the World Wildlife’s Earth Hour campaign to help bring awareness to the importance of climate action. The LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated by dimming the arena’s exterior lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and made an in-game announcement highlighting the significance of Earth Hour and encouraged fans to visit the LA Kings Green website to learn more about the team’s sustainability initiatives.

“Helping to protect our environment is a huge priority for the Kings, STAPLES Center and AEG,” said LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.  “We do our very best to assist in those efforts in our own community with the support of our players, our staff and our great fans.”

ASU Earns Best of Green Schools Honor

The ASU Poly Garden leases three of its 48 campus-community garden plots to ASU Preparatory Academy’s sixth- and seventh-grade classrooms and high school environmental science students each semester. To date, the students have donated more than 135 pounds of produce — such as these items harvested there this spring — to a local food bank. Photo by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

The ASU Poly Garden leases three of its 48 campus-community garden plots to ASU Preparatory Academy’s sixth- and seventh-grade classrooms and high school environmental science students each semester. To date, the students have donated more than 135 pounds of produce — such as these items harvested there this spring — to a local food bank. Photo by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

Planting the sustainability seed early is key for lifelong awareness, and Arizona State University’s efforts to do that with community education were recognized Wednesday with a 2017 Best of Green Schools award from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S Green Building Council, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network.

The annual Best of Green Schools awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. ASU was honored in the higher-education category.

“Arizona State University continues to raise the bar in sustainability education and leadership,” said Anisa Heming, director of the Center for Green Schools. “We believe that every student across the country should have the opportunity to learn in and from a green school environment, and ASU is making that happen in its community every day.”

The award highlighted ASU’s variety of programs for middle and high school students, such as the Poly Garden, which leases three of its 48 campus-community garden plots to ASU Preparatory Academy’s sixth- and seventh-grade classrooms and high school environmental science students each semester. To date, the students have logged approximately 2,400 hours in the garden and donated more than 135 pounds of produce to a local food bank.

“When students engage with the entire process of gardening from soil preparation to planting seeds to harvest, it gives them a unique sense of accomplishment and a true understanding of where food really comes from,” said Susan Norton, program manager for University Sustainability Practices and Poly Garden manager. “It generates firsthand respect for our entire food system.

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