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Sailors Tour Cape Town to Understand the Impacts of the Drought

Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Grant is given to Environmental Monitoring Group by 11th Hour Racing

Photo Credit: Vestas 11th Hour Racing

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (6 December 2017) – After sailing 7,000 miles from Lisbon, Portugal, the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, to realize that despite having been in the middle of the ocean, their access to fresh water was more consistent than what is available to many in Cape Town. Since 2015, this city and the surrounding area has been facing a severe drought, the worst in recorded history for the region, which climate scientists’ anticipate is a general drying trend for the western parts of southern Africa.

With this crisis in mind, 11th Hour Racing identified Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) as the recipient of their $10,000 grant in Cape Town – this is the third out of the 12 grants that 11th Hour Racing will award throughout the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean as part of their legacy project with Vestas 11th Hour Racing.

EMG is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1991. Its work covers a broad range of topics, tied together by the common thread to protect the natural environment and resources that sustain life. This includes fair trade farming, sustainable rural development, and raising awareness and highlighting solutions to the impacts of climate change in the region, including equitable access to water and social justice.

“The truth is that there is no silver bullet for Cape Town’s water crisis. There are no more rivers left to dam, and groundwater aquifers are finite. Desalination is energy intensive, and in South Africa, that means using more fossil-fuel and increasing CO2 emissions,” said Stephen Law, Director of the Environmental Monitoring Group. “At EMG, we are working with communities to reconnect with the value of water and respect for this resource. Discussing not only the best ways to conserve and reuse water, but looking to the future and asking if we should be changing the priorities of water use from swimming pools and green lawns to drinking water for all and water for local farming.”

To learn more about EMG’s work and mission, sailors from Vestas 11th Hour Racing, along with their partners at 11th Hour Racing, Bluewater, and staff from the Volvo Ocean Race, left the race village and headed on a tour of Cape Town.

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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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Volta Partners with Sports Venues to Keep Fans and Teams Charged Up

By Volta Charging


Volta Free EV Charging Station at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA

For Volta, partnering with stadiums is an important component of its strategy to continue to expand its network of free, media-sponsored EV charging stations.  Stadiums are a natural partner as many fans and players are now driving electric vehicles and looking for infrastructure solutions within their communities to help support charging needs.  As stadiums are highly visible and iconic locations within their markets, there is no better place to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a truly valuable community amenity.

A Shared Vision to Support EV Charging

The shared vision of ownership and management helped to put the needs of the community and fans first by providing Volta’s free, media-enabled EV charging stations to all EV drivers regardless of make and model of their vehicle. Stadium leadership also embraced the Volta stations because the project aligned with ongoing corporate sustainability and social responsibility efforts in a tangible and demonstrable way.

Experience Informs Solutions

Volta has designed and built its network by working with a variety of partners (e.g. top REITs, Whole Foods, Macy’s and Saks), each with specific needs and objectives. While there are many similarities, no two installations are exactly alike.  This experience allowed Volta to create a plan to implement Level 2 charging at the Coliseum and the United Center in highly visible and desirous locations. Volta provided all infrastructure at no cost to the stadiums and maintains the stations for free over the life of the relationship.  This model ensures a seamless and convenient experience for fans, the community and management.

Win-Win -Win: The Community, Venues and Sponsors All Benefit

All fans and visitors to the stadiums will use and/or engage with Volta stations helping drive three positive effects:

Fulfilling Growing Demand: As electric vehicle sales continue to explode, additional EV charging infrastructure is critical to a successful shift to clean transportation and meeting charging needs.

Tangible Fan Benefits: Volta stations deliver up to 60 free electric miles during the time of the typical national sporting event, providing real rewards to fans that support their teams & values of sustainability by driving electric vehicles to the events.

Positive Brand Impact: Sponsors of Volta stations not only garner benefits by advertising to fans, but also gain a halo effect by supporting a valuable community amenity and demonstrating their commitment to the community and the environment. In addition,  one of the digital ads is reserved for Volta stadium partners giving them similar benefits to sponsors. Third party research has shown that this halo effect can produce double-digit lifts in pro-community attributes.

Coliseum Fans Mark a Milestone on Green Sports Day 2017

Coliseum fans charged their 7,917th mile on October 6, 2017 – exactly enough free electric miles to stretch across the diameter of the earth. It was a fitting symbol to demonstrate that iconic sports teams and venues can have a meaningful impact on the environment when they take steps to support sustainable practices.

United Center Leads the Way to Electric

Charging stations at the United Center help drive demand in a city that has not yet entered the top-ten list for electric vehicle adoption. By stepping up to provide EV charging stations, the United Center becomes a city-wide leader in empowering members of the local community to adopt clean transportation.

Volta Charging Aligns with Sustainability Values

Providing free charging supports Volta’s stadium partners’ overall goals to deliver positive environmental benefits to their local community. Joe Myrha, the United Center’s VP of Business Affairs, said, “we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles. Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future.”

The leadership team at AEG who manages the Coliseum supported Volta because the project aligned with the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact, raise awareness about environmental issues with the public, and promote its commitment to sustainability. In San Francisco, fan and player requests for EV charging had become increasingly frequent in one of the top EV adoption hotspots in the country.

Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle, so with over 2.5 million visitors annually, the United Center is poised to make a major impact in the perception and consideration of electric vehicles.

“Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle.”

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

About Volta

Since its founding in 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. Its free, convenient stations create four times the usage per-port of the average charging network, maximizing the EV charging benefits that iconic venues provide to local communities.

Volta GSA Contact: Patricia Spanier | patricia@voltacharging.com

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