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Top Five Moments for the LA Galaxy in 2017

By: Jeremy Freeborn 
AXS Contributor

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The LA Galaxy might not have had the season they would have liked in 2017,  but there were still many positive signs and the future seems to be bright under the new direction of head coach Sigi Schmid. Here are the top five moments of the LA Galaxy’s 2017 Major League Soccer season.

5) LA Galaxy win the award for environmentalism– It was a tough season for the Galaxy on the pitch, but there is no doubt they continue to remain leaders in Major League Soccer off of it. On June 28, the Galaxy won the Environmental Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Sports Alliance’s Game Changer Awards in Sacramento. The Galaxy was praised for their Protect the Pitch initiative that includes saving water, conserving energy and reducing waste. The Galaxy also has been recognized for using high efficiency LED sports lights.

4) Three Galaxy players honored in win over Earthquakes– On May 27, the Galaxy had a season-high three game winning streak when they beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-2. Three Galaxy players made the MLS Team of the Week as Giovani Dos Santos, Joao Pedro and Romain Alessandrini were all recognized. Dos Santos scored twice, Pedro scored once and Alessandrini was recognized for an impressive assist on a goal by Dos Santos.

3) LA Galaxy upset New York Red Bulls– On May 14, the Galaxy delivered their biggest upset of the 2017 MLS season when they beat the playoff-bound New York Red Bulls 3-1 at the Red Bull Arena. Alessandrini scored twice in the first 10 minutes to lead the Galaxy to the victory.

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Leftover Food From Falcons Games Feeds Hungry Folks in Metro Atlanta

 

Mitchell Northam
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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In a partnership with Second Helpings Atlanta, the AMB Group has donated 13,250 pounds of leftover food from games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the hungry. Photo Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

With more than 190 suites in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, there’s a lot of really good food being made during football and soccer games to feed those fans.

But what happens to the grub that isn’t eaten? Is it just thrown away?

Nope. That food is repackaged and donated to those in need of a satisfying meal.

Arthur Blank’s AMB Group, which manages the stadium, has been partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta to create a food rescue program that saves unused high-quality food from those suites. The food is repackaged and delivered to the local community.

The first pick-up of the program happened on Aug. 27, and since then 10 more pick-ups have occurred, which has added up to 13,250 pounds of donated food. That total breaks down to 11,042 meals.

The meals delivered consist of prepared salads, boxed lunches and bakery treats.

Through Second Helpings Atlanta, meals are donated to six partner agencies: Veterans Empowerment Organization, Urban Recipe, Loaves & Fishes, the Salvation Army, True Worship, and City of Refuge. One week’s donation from the stadium to a Veterans Empowerment Organization provided 10 meals for more than 100 veterans.

Meals are also delivered to Atlanta Mission, Atlanta City Baptist Mission, Atlanta Dream Center, Our House, Hope House, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Gateway Center and St. Francis Table.

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Phoenix, Arizona: Diamondbacks Sprout Vertical Garden

By BioCycle
Composting Roundup

Diamondbacks’ food waste composting and vertical garden Photo by Taylor Jackson/Arizona Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks’ food waste composting and vertical garden
Photo by Taylor Jackson/Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks, a Major League Baseball team, installed a vertical urban garden that is using compost produced from its fledgling organics diversion program.

Funded by UnitedHealthcare and designed by Flower Street Urban Gardens, the garden’s 180 square feet of vertically hanging planting space just outside the main ballpark gates contains up to 200 assorted herbs, including basil, chives, lavender, oregano and rosemary. Diamondbacks’ concessionaire Levy Restaurants collaborated with the team to choose herbs that can be integrated into its menus. Excess produce is donated to local organizations, such as St. Vincent de Paul.

“The vertical garden has been a wish list item for some time,” explains Graham Rossini, Vice President of Special Projects for the team. “We were finally able to engage a couple of partners to bring in the resources.” UnitedHealthcare is using the garden as a tool to teach healthy eating and demonstrate a growing system that can be installed at home. It sponsors dedicated events to bring youth and school group tours to the ballpark.

Soil amendments for the garden are produced in part from the preconsumer food waste that the Diamondbacks began diverting this season. Over the first 48 home games, the club and its hauler Waste Management have diverted more than 18 tons to GRO-WELL, a Phoenix area composting facility. Based on the year-to-date tonnage, Rossini expects 35 tons will be diverted before the end of the season. “Our primary focus has been on back-of-house kitchen and prep areas to ensure a clean stream of organic materials,” he says. “With success in the more controlled locations, we’ve expanded collection to [kitchens and prep areas in] select concessions stands and subcontractors and will continue to grow as quickly as possible.”

The Diamondbacks and Levy Restaurants have donated over 6 tons of unused concessions’ food to Phoenix’s Church on the Street so far this season, which equates to approximately 10,000 individual meals to those in need.

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