Kings First 17-18 Season Spotlight Night Supports Local Non-Profit to Further Their Sustainability Work in Sacramento Region

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On Monday, November 20, the Sacramento Kings Foundation will host the first “Spotlight Night” of the 2017-18 season at Golden 1 Center to support regional non-profits using basketball as an agent of change in the community. As the team takes on the Denver Nuggets, the Kings Foundation will highlight the work of Yolo Farm to Fork – a nonprofit that educates students on the importance of locally grown fresh food and reducing waste through school gardens.

“Sustainability is one of our core values – in the region and at the Kings – and we’re passionate about how we can continue to reduce our impact on the planet,” said Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “Through our Spotlight Nights, we’re able to support the work of incredible non-profits by sharing our stage with over 17,000 fans to raise awareness.”

During the annual Spotlight Nights, a local nonprofit will “takeover” the arena and engage Kings fans through in-arena programming, Kings social media accounts, concourse activations, the 50/50 raffle and more. The Spotlight on Sustainability Night will be the first in this season’s three-part series with future game nights that will focus on health and education.

At Monday’s Spotlight on Sustainability Night, Yolo Farm to Fork will take over the arena, sharing their message through in-game activations, an informational table at Plaza Level section 111, and with special farm boxes in the suites and lofts in the arena. Through the night, they’ll be able to educate fans on best practices for growing in-season produce, composting techniques and incorporating farm-fresh food into school lunches – all sustainability practices that residents throughout Sacramento can take on and reduce their impact on the environment.

Throughout the evening, the Kings will use special in-game entertainment like the return of the “Veggie Race,” videos featuring farm-to-fork trivia and other programming to encourage fans to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lives, as well as share some of the team’s innovative practices that make Golden 1 Center the most environmentally friendly arena in the world.

The Sacramento Kings have set the bar for sports teams – becoming a model of sustainability by becoming the first arena to be awarded LEED platinum, and sourcing 90% of Golden 1 Center’s food within 150 miles of the arena to create the most innovative food program in sports.

Building off of these green practices, the Sacramento Kings created the Second That program aimed at mitigating food waste by donating unserved arena cuisine to families in need throughout the Sacramento region. As a result of these innovations and more, the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center were awarded with the Sport for Climate Action Award by Beyond Sport, chosen as an example that improves the urban fabric by Fast Company, selected as an Environmental Innovator of the Year by the Green Sports Alliance and earned Sustainable Business of the Year for Energy Conservation by the Sacramento Business Environmental Resource Center.

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49ers Join Global Leaders to Talk Climate Change at UN Summit

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The 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference concluded today in Germany, two weeks after the San Francisco 49ers helped open the gathering of international climate change advocates by participating in the inaugural UN Dialogue on Sport and Climate Action. The gathering of global sports organizations and sustainability experts, held October 30-31 in Bonn, Germany, preceded the global inter-governmental summit formally known as the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) that ended today. The larger summit was held to advance implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement to address climate change.

The award-winning 49ers stadium operations team was humbled to be invited to participate in this historic sports industry event on the basis of designing and operating Levi’s Stadium as one of the most environmentally sustainable sports and entertainment venues in the world. Having achieved the unprecedented honor of twice being awarded LEED Gold certification and setting an industry standard for solar power and recycled water usage, the 49ers were one of just 25 organizations to participate in the summit. The gathering was designed to develop collaborative approaches and platforms by which stakeholders at the intersection of sport and climate can contribute to achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Meeting with sports venues and organizations from around the world – big and small – really demonstrated that our Levi’s Stadium team is really well positioned to help lead the movement towards a more sustainable future for our industry,” said Pat Rogan, Levi’s Stadium Director of Engineering Operations, who represented the 49ers in Bonn at the UN Dialogue on Sport and Climate Action. “The conference showed us there are many organizations as committed as we are to being environmentally responsible neighbors and that if we all work together, we can be meaningful resources for the rest of the sports industry.

The UN Dialogue on Sports and Climate Action featured two full days of workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches focused on leveraging sport and its ability to influence social consciousness. One aim of which was to discuss ways to inspire fans of the sport to adopt some of its more sustainable practices in the areas of energy consumption, water conservation, waste diversion, reducing toxins, enhancing public transportation, stadium design, procurement, and fan and athlete engagement. Group working sessions included collective assessments of the impact on climate change from the sports industry, the risks to sport from climate change and governmental policy decisions, and the expectations on the sports industry to be advocates for climate change. The groups also discussed what individual and collective commitments can be made within the sports industry, what forms of cooperation can be established with relevant entities outside of the sports industry, and how can the sports industry better engage stakeholders to promote broader climate action.

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Kansas City Chiefs “Go Nuts” Over a Compostable Peanut Bag

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First-of-its-kind environmentally friendly packaging for peanuts debuts at Arrowhead Stadium

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Arrowhead Stadium vendors will begin selling compostable peanut bags to fans in the Chiefs Kingdom on Nov 26.

KANSAS CITY, MO, and PHILADELPHIA, PA, November 14, 2017 – Football season is in full swing and the Kansas City Chiefs are going the extra yard by scoring a major victory for the environment. Thanks to a collaboration between BASF, Aramark and Hampton Farms, Arrowhead Stadium will become the first-ever professional sports venue to sell a pre-packed compostable peanut bag.

The compostable peanut bag is part of the Chiefs’ environmental initiative, “Extra Yard for the Environment,” which is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Chiefs, while also raising awareness for sustainability efforts at Arrowhead Stadium. Debuting at the November 26th game, the compostable peanut bag will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending, with the goal of expanding to other areas of Arrowhead Stadium following the pilot phase.
Why the need for a compostable peanut bag?

Snack food packaging comes in many different forms. With more than 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in concessions at Arrowhead Stadium each year, the Chiefs approached Aramark, the team’s general concessionaire, about finding ways to further advance the “Extra Yard for the Environment” program and Arrowhead’s waste-diversion methods.

When it comes to selling peanuts, Aramark’s roots run deep. The company’s founder began selling peanuts out of his car in 1932, laying the foundation for what would eventually become snack vending. Aramark now sells more than 1.1 million bags of peanuts annually at sporting events and, once again, is playing a role in transforming how peanuts are sold.

“With peanuts being among the best-selling snack foods at sports events, the introduction of this compostable peanut bag is a potential game-changer,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “As the Chiefs partner and a food and beverage services industry leader, we’re proud to be at the forefront of driving innovative solutions that decrease our environmental impact and enhance the game day experience.”


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