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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

Read more here.

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.

Read the full release here.

SPORTS MEMBERS INCLUDE...
390
TOTAL SPORTS MEMBERS
184
TEAMS
191
VENUES
15
LEAGUES