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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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Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy Named Environmental Innovators of the Year

3BL Media

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AEG’s Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy will be honored as Environmental Innovators of the Year at Green Sports Alliance’s (GSA) Sixth Annual Game Changer Awards in Sacramento, Calif. on June 28, 2017.

Both first-time recipients, the LA Kings and LA Galaxy were selected for their efforts in sustainable stadium and arena operations and community and fan engagement.

Leading the way in sustainable stadium operations, the LA Galaxy’s field at AEG’s StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. is lit with high efficiency LED sports lights and uses recycled water to irrigate the pitch. Additionally, the venue recently opened an in-stadium greenhouse, chicken coop and apiary, which produces 800 pounds of honey.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as an Innovator of the Year by the Green Sports Alliance,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “The LA Galaxy have worked diligently to be one of the most environmentally sustainable teams in in North America, highlighted by the numerous investments and measures at our home, StubHub Center. We will continue to find innovative ways to conserve energy, increase sustainability and engage our community.”

In addition to focusing on sustainable arena practices, LA Kings Green supported by Waste Management utilizes fan engagement and service activities through charitable partners to raise awareness and educate the community about the environment. During the 2016-17 NHL season, the Kings hosted a tri-city beach cleanup with Heal the Bay, in which 250 volunteers – including fans, former players and staff – removed 700 pounds of trash in two hours.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Green Sports Alliance as a recipient of the 2017 Innovator Award,” said Luc Robitaille, LA Kings President. “We understand the power of sports, and the team, along with our fans and partners, look forward to continuing to reducing our environmental impact together for years to come.”

Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members span 500 organizations, representing 15 leagues in 14 countries.

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Verizon Center Will Operate Using 25% Solar Energy Under New Partnership

The Washington Post
By Scott Allen

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Verizon Center is getting greener in 2017. Monumental Sports & Entertainment on Thursday announced a new partnership with Virginia-based WGL Energy Services that will enable the downtown home of the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Valor to operate using 25 percent solar energy.

“Sustainability is at the core of our operations across all of Monumental Sports & Entertainment,” Dave Touhey, the president of venues for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said in a release. “We are excited to expand our energy relationship with WGL Energy by entering into this new partnership to bring more renewable energy to Verizon Center.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment will purchase solar electricity from a third-party-owned solar facility in Frederick County, Md., and receive about 4.7 million kWh per year of energy beginning in late 2017 as part of a long-term contract. WGL Energy reports that the carbon emissions avoided as a result of the new arrangement are equivalent to taking nearly 700 cars off the road for one year.

WGL has been the official energy partner of Verizon Center since 2015 and has already taken steps to make the arena greener. Later this month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment will be honored as one of the Green Sports Alliance’sInnovators of the Year for counterbalancing “more than 3,123 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from 201 events” at Verizon Center in 2016 with carbon offsets. Other winners of the award announced Thursday include the Montreal Canadiens and Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, which opened in September as the only 100 percent solar-powered, LEED Platinum-certified indoor arena in the world.

Verizon Center’s tenants are among the first pro sports teams powered by offsite renewable energy.

“Offsite renewable energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors within the energy industry,” WGL VP and chief revenue officer Louis J. Hutchinson III said in a statement. “As renewable energy offerings continue to mature, it’s exciting to see the sports industry play a major role in sourcing offsite renewable energy.”

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