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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Volta Partners with Sports Venues to Keep Fans and Teams Charged Up

By Volta Charging

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Volta Free EV Charging Station at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA

For Volta, partnering with stadiums is an important component of its strategy to continue to expand its network of free, media-sponsored EV charging stations.  Stadiums are a natural partner as many fans and players are now driving electric vehicles and looking for infrastructure solutions within their communities to help support charging needs.  As stadiums are highly visible and iconic locations within their markets, there is no better place to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a truly valuable community amenity.

A Shared Vision to Support EV Charging

The shared vision of ownership and management helped to put the needs of the community and fans first by providing Volta’s free, media-enabled EV charging stations to all EV drivers regardless of make and model of their vehicle. Stadium leadership also embraced the Volta stations because the project aligned with ongoing corporate sustainability and social responsibility efforts in a tangible and demonstrable way.

Experience Informs Solutions

Volta has designed and built its network by working with a variety of partners (e.g. top REITs, Whole Foods, Macy’s and Saks), each with specific needs and objectives. While there are many similarities, no two installations are exactly alike.  This experience allowed Volta to create a plan to implement Level 2 charging at the Coliseum and the United Center in highly visible and desirous locations. Volta provided all infrastructure at no cost to the stadiums and maintains the stations for free over the life of the relationship.  This model ensures a seamless and convenient experience for fans, the community and management.

Win-Win -Win: The Community, Venues and Sponsors All Benefit

All fans and visitors to the stadiums will use and/or engage with Volta stations helping drive three positive effects:

Fulfilling Growing Demand: As electric vehicle sales continue to explode, additional EV charging infrastructure is critical to a successful shift to clean transportation and meeting charging needs.

Tangible Fan Benefits: Volta stations deliver up to 60 free electric miles during the time of the typical national sporting event, providing real rewards to fans that support their teams & values of sustainability by driving electric vehicles to the events.

Positive Brand Impact: Sponsors of Volta stations not only garner benefits by advertising to fans, but also gain a halo effect by supporting a valuable community amenity and demonstrating their commitment to the community and the environment. In addition,  one of the digital ads is reserved for Volta stadium partners giving them similar benefits to sponsors. Third party research has shown that this halo effect can produce double-digit lifts in pro-community attributes.

Coliseum Fans Mark a Milestone on Green Sports Day 2017

Coliseum fans charged their 7,917th mile on October 6, 2017 – exactly enough free electric miles to stretch across the diameter of the earth. It was a fitting symbol to demonstrate that iconic sports teams and venues can have a meaningful impact on the environment when they take steps to support sustainable practices.

United Center Leads the Way to Electric

Charging stations at the United Center help drive demand in a city that has not yet entered the top-ten list for electric vehicle adoption. By stepping up to provide EV charging stations, the United Center becomes a city-wide leader in empowering members of the local community to adopt clean transportation.

Volta Charging Aligns with Sustainability Values

Providing free charging supports Volta’s stadium partners’ overall goals to deliver positive environmental benefits to their local community. Joe Myrha, the United Center’s VP of Business Affairs, said, “we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles. Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future.”

The leadership team at AEG who manages the Coliseum supported Volta because the project aligned with the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact, raise awareness about environmental issues with the public, and promote its commitment to sustainability. In San Francisco, fan and player requests for EV charging had become increasingly frequent in one of the top EV adoption hotspots in the country.

Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle, so with over 2.5 million visitors annually, the United Center is poised to make a major impact in the perception and consideration of electric vehicles.

“Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle.”

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

About Volta

Since its founding in 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. Its free, convenient stations create four times the usage per-port of the average charging network, maximizing the EV charging benefits that iconic venues provide to local communities.

Volta GSA Contact: Patricia Spanier | patricia@voltacharging.com

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Leading the Field

GEO Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona. (Nov, 28, 2017) – The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open achieved another first in golf sustainability, becoming the first tournament in the world to attain “GEO Certified® Tournament” status from Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO).

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Photo credit: GEO Foundation

To become a “GEO Certified® Tournament” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest attended tournament on the PGA Tour, followed principles set out in the newly released “Voluntary Sustainable Golf Tournament Standard” and achieved outstanding results in six categories: Planning, Site Protection, Procurement, Resource Management, Access and Equity, and Community Legacy. Sustainability highlights from the tournament include:

  • 100% landfill diversion through recycling, composting, donation, reuse and waste-to-energy.
  • 63.3 million gallons of water restored to the Colorado River Basin and Verde River through the Waste Management Phoenix Open Water Campaign with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
  • 720 MtCO2e of carbon offsets with a strong socio-economic focus purchased, to cover more than double the emissions from tournament operations, player travel and volunteer travel.
  • Zero Waste Stations used to engage attendees, educating and encouraging involvement in sustainability.
  • An annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Sustainability Report with detailed metrics and program explanations.
  • A venue Environmental Management Plan and commitment to become a fully GEO Certified® golf facility.
  • Protection of ecologically sensitive areas and minimized impact of temporary structures and heavy machinery through a Site Protection Plan.
  • Over $10.1 million raised and awarded to local charities through The Thunderbirds and $100,000 donated to environmental organizations from Green Out Day.
  • Local youth engagement and free admission for local police, firefighters, active and retired military personnel.
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Photo credit: GEO Foundation

The accolade is the culmination of many years of commitment, planning and delivery on the part of Waste Management, the tournament host The Thunderbirds and other tournament sponsors, stakeholders, and vendors to ensure a comprehensive sustainability effort covering all aspects of the tournament.  Sustainability efforts of the tournament have been validated through in-depth third-party verification, including the Council for Responsible Sport, UL and GEO.

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Mariners Recognized With 2017 Green Glove

By Greg Johns / MLB.com

The Mariners' efforts to reduce their impact on the environment has earned the 2017 Green Glove Award. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Mariners’ efforts to reduce their impact on the environment has earned the 2017 Green Glove Award. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE — For the first time in franchise history, the Mariners were awarded Major League Baseball’s “Green Glove Award” in recognition of their recycling efforts at Safeco Field in 2017.

The San Francisco Giants had won the award for nine straight years, but the Mariners were recognized Tuesday as the MLB club with the highest diversion rate, meaning the amount of waste material diverted from landfills for recycling.

The Mariners converted 96 percent of waste materials from the ballpark toward recycling efforts this past season, up from 90 percent in 2016.

“We have worked hard over the years to make Safeco Field one of the ‘greenest’ ballparks in pro sports,” said Mariners senior vice president of ballpark operations Trevor Gooby. “With our hospitality partner Centerplate, and our founding sustainability partner BASF, we have been able to significantly reduce our impact on the environment. Thanks to Major League Baseball for recognizing our efforts with this great honor.”

The Mariners have long been one of MLB’s leaders in promoting recycling and energy efficiency. Nearly everything used at Safeco Field is recyclable or compostable, including food service items like plates, cups, straws, bottles and utensils.

Compost and recycling bins have replaced garbage cans on concourses, and cleaning crews separate plastics and compostable waste by hand after each game.

 

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