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Baltimore Ravens’ #GamePlanEarth Initiative


GamePlanEarth (GPE) is a season-long environmental initiative established and led by the Ravens to help make Baltimore a more sustainable city. This program was created to further educate fans about growing environmental challenges and encourage them to recycle, reuse and conserve. On Aug. 28, Ravens staff members joined forces with The 6th Branch, a veteran-led neighborhood development organization, to clear vacant lots and refurbish an abandoned neighborhood garden. Volunteer work included tasks ranging from basic landscaping to removing fencing, trash, concrete, bricks and overgrowth. GamePlanEarth is an extension of the organization’s continued efforts to reinforce M&T Bank Stadium’s LEED Gold Certification, a designation given to organizations that strive to deliver healthy, environmental-friendly, cost-saving and energy-and water-efficient operating buildings in the community. Recently, the Under Armour Performance Center’s new north wing achieved the prestigious LEED Gold level certification, further cementing the Ravens’ dedication and determination to being leaders in sustainability. GamePlanEarth week also saw the opening of the fifth annual GamePlanEarth Ambassador Award applications, a program that recognizes and highlights a Baltimore-area school that has implemented environmental initiatives and is a leader in the community. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant.



Bike Party

For the last five years, GPE has played an important role in the Baltimore Ravens organization. As they have done for the past several years, the Ravens ended GPE week by co-hosting a Purple Friday Baltimore Bike Party on Aug. 31. This event was created to encourage bike riding as an eco-friendly form of transportation in the city. Bike Party’s mission is Ride, Respect, Revelry. Riders were encouraged to ride right, be respectful of all Baltimoreans, revel in the joy of Bike Party and wear purple to support the Ravens. Ravens staff were on hand to distribute team souvenirs to all the riders and cheer them on from start to finish.

August 25, 2017 Baltimore Ravens community sponsorship event, Baltimore Bike Party. Starting in St. Mary's Park in Seton Hill neighborhood, and ending at Ravens Stadium.

Trash Pick-up

Prior to the start of the Ravens-Redskins game on Aug. 30, the Baltimore Union Youth Girls Soccer Team (below) collected recyclable materials in tailgate Lots B/C as part of the Ravens’ GPE initiative. The team also used this time to educate fans on the benefits of recycling and sustainability. These girls took to heart the GPE mission and set out to tackle their project. Becoming the MVPs of the night, the team stayed out until the start of the game, collecting items throughout all stadium parking lots and along RavensWalk The Baltimore Union Youth Girls Soccer Team competes competitively in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Girls Soccer Team

NFL Joins the Green Sports Alliance as a League Member

By Bio-based News

The Green Sports Alliance (Alliance) announced a league membership driven by the NFL Environmental Program. With this new membership, the Alliance will support league sustainability efforts.

“The Green Sports Alliance is delighted to have the NFL join our mission to support healthier, more sustainable communities where we live and play,” said Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. “Several NFL teams and venues have been members of our organization for many years and we’re thrilled that the NFL, as a league, is formally pledging their commitment to the environment by joining the sports greening movement and our impressive membership base. Together we have the opportunity to inspire and educate millions of fans around environmental stewardship and engagement.”

“Professional sports organizations compete in many areas,” said Anna Isaacson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, “But sustainability is one area where the interests of all organizations converge. Protecting our shared environment and preserving it for future generations is a common goal that we all can support and upon which we can cooperate and share resources and best practices.”

The NFL began the first environmental initiative at a major professional sporting event in 1994 at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta, with the introduction of a pilot recycling program. During the past 25 years, the leagues sustainability portfolio has grown to include extensive recovery projects for both prepared food and event materials, collection for donation of hundreds of thousands of books and sports equipment items, use of green energy to power our signature events, public E-waste recycling events in partnership with NFL sponsor Verizon, and an award-winning urban and community forestry program that has left a permanent green legacy in every Super Bowl host community since 2004.

In 2017, the Alliance honored Jack Groh, Director of the NFL’s Environmental Program, for his instrumental work in greening NFL events including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft. With Mr. Groh’s support, the NFL has been a leader in event sustainability and continues to push forward new initiatives and environmental projects addressing the large-scale impact sporting events have, with a goal of leaving permanent green legacies in every host community they visit.

The Alliance is proud to announce that NFL will be sponsoring the Green Sports Celebration event at the 2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit, in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. During this event, Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta United FC Owner, Arthur M. Blank, will be honored for his commitment and dedication to the Atlanta community and ESPN will receive the Environmental Leadership Award for their efforts in community engagement, social equity, and environmental stewardship.

Read the full article here.


Boomtime for Atlanta Sports Venues

By PanStadia & Arena Management

2018.07.19-Boomtime for Atlana sports-IMAGE

Atlanta is booming as a sports destination with a stunning new NFL stadium and baseball park already in operation, while a redeveloped NBA arena is set to open this autumn.

And the city hosted two major conferences this week, with hundreds of delegates attending the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) annual event and the Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Delegates at the ALSD’s Design & Build Forum heard how the Philips Arena is undergoing major renovations to turn it into a fabulous new venue for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Brett Stefansson, executive vice president and general manager, Philips Arena explained how the venue is being transformed.

“The arena opened back in 1999 and at the architect at the time thought it was a great idea to build what was essentially a giant wall of suites on one side of the building with premium seats down below that. It was innovative at the time, but doesn’t really fit with what today’s fans want from their experience.”

Steffanson said the ownership team looked into knocking the venue down and building a new one, but that it made a lot more financial sense to to go through a three-phase renovation project. He said:

“Phase One was a complete shut-down last summer and we did about $20 million worth of work. Phase Two was during the past season when we did another $20 million worth of work. We’re currently in Phase 3, which is $100 million worth of work and we’re currently shut down for the entire summer. We shut down in April and the building will come back over to us on October 16.

The overall project is a $200 million renovation involving gutting the entire building and building it back up. It’s a focus on technology, food & beverage and re-imaginging the fan experience.”

Read the full article here.

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