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Oakland A’s to Give Plant-Based Burger its Stadium Debut

East Bay Times

The "Impossible Burgers" are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

The “Impossible Burgers” are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

When the Oakland A’s take the field March 29 for their first home game of the 2018 season, another player will make a debut appearance at the Oakland Coliseum.

It’s the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger that tastes like meat. Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, which manages the Coliseum’s food operations, will become the first professional sports stadium in the nation to offer this Bay Area-born burger.

The Coliseum’s executive chef, Effie Spiegler, has created two versions for MLB fans. And look for an all-vegan option to join the menu.

His “Impossible French Onion Sliders,” with caramelized balsamic onions, oil-cured tomatoes and brie spread on brioche slider buns, will be sold at Concessions Stand 123.

His “Impossible Breakfast Burger,” with a sunny-side-up egg, applewood-smoked bacon, oil-cured tomatoes. bacon aioli and ghost-pepper cheese (watch out!) will be available at the Shibe Park Tavern.

“The quality and variety of food offerings at the ballpark is a key part to the fan experience,” said A’s President Dave Kaval said in a statement.  “We love the story behind the Impossible Burger. It is not only cutting edge and innovative in its approach to food production, but it is also the best plant-based burger currently on the market. We are thrilled to be the first team to offer it to our fans.”

Thanks to the power of Twitter, yet another Impossible Burger creation should be coming soon.

“This is great, @DaveKaval!” tweeted Ryan Thibodaux at @notmrtibbs. “But must both available menu items for this vegan burger have non-vegan ingredients (bacon, cheese, egg)? It’d be awesome for us vegan fans to have a great burger option without having ask to “hold the…” Still, very cool!”

Kaval was quick tor respond: “Yes. We can do that. Thanks for the suggestion.”

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Member Highlight: NextEra’s Clean Energy Solutions for Sports and Entertainment Venues

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NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra), together with its affiliated entities, is a clean-energy leader and the world’s largest operator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, as well as one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S.  In December, NextEra partnered with Green Sports Alliance to educate Alliance member organizations in California on implementing renewable energy solutions.

Stadiums and entertainment venues have significant exposure to energy costs because of both the amount and time of day that energy is used.  The timing of the energy consumed at venues often increases the expense through high demand charges from the utility, and can even reduce the cost-effectiveness of energy-saving installations like LEDs.  NextEra works with customers nationwide to identify the optimal solution to address those costs and meet sustainability goals using a variety of technologies, financing structures, local programs, and incentives.

Why should your team care about renewable energy?

  • Lower Your Energy Costs – Smarter energy strategies can help stadiums stabilize and reduce expenses. There are even opportunities to create revenue if stadiums partner with the local utility to enhance grid stability.
  • Enhance Your Brand – Sustainability is simply a matter of doing the right thing, and fans and sponsors alike want to be associated with that.  Plus, you can demonstrate your commitment to the community by bringing jobs and clean energy.
  • Build in Resiliency – At the Super Bowl in 2013, a power surge at the Superdome created a blackout, after equipment sensed an abnormality in the system from a Beyoncé halftime show with extravagant lighting and video effects. Having a backup system such as energy storage can significantly reduce the negative impacts of system issues and give your stadium a reliability edge.

NextEra considers a venue’s individual load profile, sustainability goals, and energy costs to identify and deliver a tailored solution from start to finish.  The breadth of NextEra’s expertise allows it to customize solutions to fit a customer’s unique needs, from on-site solar and energy storage, to EV charging stations, renewable energy credits and community solar gardens.  For example, NextEra’s community solar gardens allow subscribers, including a professional sports team in Minnesota, to purchase a fixed amount of solar power without having to install a system on their own property.

Read more about NextEra’s solar gardens.

First US Ski Resort to Operate on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Climate Action

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The famous Lake Tahoe resorts in California will be the first ski facilities in the US to operate on 100 percent renewable energy, eliminating emissions which would be a threat to the industry’s future.

The owner company Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ has partnered with the electric service provider Liberty Utilities to identify and develop new renewable energy generation, storage and efficiency projects to benefit the two Lake Tahoe resorts as well as the entire Olympic Valley area.

Andy Wirth, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, said: “Solar power has come down in cost so much that it’s accessible now.  It’s a purely economic decision. And it’s also about how we operate sustainably long into the future”.

“We’re glad to finally advance on this key, strategic level changeover to 100 percent renewable-sourced energy”, he added.

After it meets 100 percent of its energy needs, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows expects to halve its carbon footprint. More specifically, its annual carbon emissions will reduce from 13,078 to approximately 6,682 metric tonnes- a decrease of 49 percent generating carbon savings equivalent to the electric use of 957 homes.

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