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It’s Overtime for Climate Change and Everyone Needs to Score

SportsBusiness Journal
By Vivek Ranadivé

As the heart of civic life, sports teams have a unique opportunity to be a leader in the environmental change movement. The greatest civilizations in the world have centered around large gathering places where people come together to talk, interact, enjoy sports and entertainment, and even engage in political debate. Today, sports venues are no different — they serve as the 21st century communal fireplace.

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When we set out to build the new Sacramento Kings arena in downtown Sacramento, we asked more than 20,000 Sacramentans what they wanted to achieve in their new arena, Golden 1 Center. Across the board the answer was: “To become a model of sustainability.”

And that is what we built. Our new arena achieves the highest sustainability standards, becoming the world’s only 100 percent solar-powered and LEED platinum-certified arena — putting it in the top 3 percent of all buildings scored by the organization.

By moving our arena downtown, we are reducing average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cutting overall air emissions by 24 percent, and by 2020, will have reduced travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent.

As the first-ever indoor/outdoor arena in the world, we’re able to take advantage of the region’s natural cooling phenomenon — The Delta Breeze — to control the building’s climate efficiently.

We built seven green outdoor walls totaling 4,800 square feet — covering two-thirds of the arena — as a living symbol of sustainability, installed low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the arena, which can save over 40 percent of a typical arena’s water consumption, and ensured 99 percent of our demolition materials from the construction of the arena — over 101,000 tons — were recycled and diverted from landfills.

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Stand Together Week with Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC & T2

June 5, 2017; Cornelius, OR, USA; Sebastian Blanco, Britt Eckerstrom, Christian Herrera, Andre Lewis and Terrell Lowe help with painting pots and making recycling bins out of cardboard boxes at the Cornelius Wellness Center in Cornelius, OR during Stand Together Week. Photo: Sam Ortega-Portland Timbers

June 5, 2017; Cornelius, OR, USA; Sebastian Blanco, Britt Eckerstrom, Christian Herrera, Andre Lewis and Terrell Lowe help with painting pots and making recycling bins out of cardboard boxes at the Cornelius Wellness Center in Cornelius, OR during Stand Together Week. Photo: Sam Ortega-Portland Timbers

For the sixth year in a row, the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and T2 have partnered up with Hands On Greater Portland, the City of Portland and numerous nonprofit organizations for the organization’s annual Stand Together Week. Since 2012, Stand Together Week has united players, staff, sponsors and supporters in a week-long community initiative to improve local neighborhoods and give back to Soccer City.

Stand Together Week was held June 4 -10 and featured the completion of thirty service projects, thanks to the work of over a thousand dedicated volunteers. Each of the projects made a meaningful impact within the focus areas of Stand Together: youth activity, youth education and environmental awareness.

Projects ranged from environmentally focused work, such as sprucing up community gardens, removing non-native invasive plants, and hosting beach cleanups, to youth focused work, like restoring books and hosting youth soccer clinics. Additionally, as in times past, supporters were given the opportunity to work alongside some of their favorite athletes and coaches, collaborating to improve their collective communities.

Since 2012, Stand Together Week Participants have donated 12,631 hours of service at more than 163 events benefitting youth and the environment in the greater-Portland area. In that time, volunteers have served nonprofits, such as Playworks, Zenger Farm, Boys & Girls Club, Active Children Portland, Children’s Book Bank and the 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance amongst many others.

The Timbers, Thorns and T2 have collectively continued to emphasize philanthropy as core tenant of their organization, inviting Portlanders to engage in service that benefits local youth and the environment, while leading by example in their community.

June 5, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Jack Barmby, Jack Jewsbury, Wade Hamilton, Shaquille Jimenez, Omar Mohamed, Andrew Gregor and Merritt Paulson help clean up Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn during Stand Together Week. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers

June 5, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Jack Barmby, Jack Jewsbury, Wade Hamilton, Shaquille Jimenez, Omar Mohamed, Andrew Gregor and Merritt Paulson help clean up Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn during Stand Together Week. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers

Committed Westside Partners join Atlanta Habitat Homebuyer for Meaningful Build

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As part of its commitment to keep affordable homeownership options on Atlanta’s historic Westside, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is building a new house in the neighborhood—its first in nearly 10 years.

Atlanta Habitat homebuyer, Ms. Medley, selected the Westside to build her first home for she and her family because she wants to be invested in the historic community.

This Friday, Ms. Medley will have help with her build from some of Atlanta’s corporate and government leaders who are partners in  creating meaningful change in the Westside communities. Leading the build effort alongside Ms. Medley is Atlanta Habitat house sponsor Novelis and its Recycle for Good Campaign, which is funding the house from nearly three million recycled aluminum cans—many of which were collected during the 2016-17 Atlanta Falcons season.

WHO:    Ms. Medley – Atlanta Habitat Homebuyer
Frank Fernandez – Vice President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Scott Jenkins— General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Chair, Green Sports Alliance
Steve Pohl – Senior Vice President, Business Performance and Execution, Novelis
Lisa Y. Gordon— President and CEO, Atlanta Habitat
Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield—Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
John R. Seydel – Director, Sustainability, City of Atlanta
Ovie Mughelli – Former Atlanta Falcon

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