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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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Leading the Field

GEO Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona. (Nov, 28, 2017) – The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open achieved another first in golf sustainability, becoming the first tournament in the world to attain “GEO Certified® Tournament” status from Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO).

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Photo credit: GEO Foundation

To become a “GEO Certified® Tournament” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest attended tournament on the PGA Tour, followed principles set out in the newly released “Voluntary Sustainable Golf Tournament Standard” and achieved outstanding results in six categories: Planning, Site Protection, Procurement, Resource Management, Access and Equity, and Community Legacy. Sustainability highlights from the tournament include:

  • 100% landfill diversion through recycling, composting, donation, reuse and waste-to-energy.
  • 63.3 million gallons of water restored to the Colorado River Basin and Verde River through the Waste Management Phoenix Open Water Campaign with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
  • 720 MtCO2e of carbon offsets with a strong socio-economic focus purchased, to cover more than double the emissions from tournament operations, player travel and volunteer travel.
  • Zero Waste Stations used to engage attendees, educating and encouraging involvement in sustainability.
  • An annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Sustainability Report with detailed metrics and program explanations.
  • A venue Environmental Management Plan and commitment to become a fully GEO Certified® golf facility.
  • Protection of ecologically sensitive areas and minimized impact of temporary structures and heavy machinery through a Site Protection Plan.
  • Over $10.1 million raised and awarded to local charities through The Thunderbirds and $100,000 donated to environmental organizations from Green Out Day.
  • Local youth engagement and free admission for local police, firefighters, active and retired military personnel.
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Photo credit: GEO Foundation

The accolade is the culmination of many years of commitment, planning and delivery on the part of Waste Management, the tournament host The Thunderbirds and other tournament sponsors, stakeholders, and vendors to ensure a comprehensive sustainability effort covering all aspects of the tournament.  Sustainability efforts of the tournament have been validated through in-depth third-party verification, including the Council for Responsible Sport, UL and GEO.

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