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Kings First 17-18 Season Spotlight Night Supports Local Non-Profit to Further Their Sustainability Work in Sacramento Region

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On Monday, November 20, the Sacramento Kings Foundation will host the first “Spotlight Night” of the 2017-18 season at Golden 1 Center to support regional non-profits using basketball as an agent of change in the community. As the team takes on the Denver Nuggets, the Kings Foundation will highlight the work of Yolo Farm to Fork – a nonprofit that educates students on the importance of locally grown fresh food and reducing waste through school gardens.

“Sustainability is one of our core values – in the region and at the Kings – and we’re passionate about how we can continue to reduce our impact on the planet,” said Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “Through our Spotlight Nights, we’re able to support the work of incredible non-profits by sharing our stage with over 17,000 fans to raise awareness.”

During the annual Spotlight Nights, a local nonprofit will “takeover” the arena and engage Kings fans through in-arena programming, Kings social media accounts, concourse activations, the 50/50 raffle and more. The Spotlight on Sustainability Night will be the first in this season’s three-part series with future game nights that will focus on health and education.

At Monday’s Spotlight on Sustainability Night, Yolo Farm to Fork will take over the arena, sharing their message through in-game activations, an informational table at Plaza Level section 111, and with special farm boxes in the suites and lofts in the arena. Through the night, they’ll be able to educate fans on best practices for growing in-season produce, composting techniques and incorporating farm-fresh food into school lunches – all sustainability practices that residents throughout Sacramento can take on and reduce their impact on the environment.

Throughout the evening, the Kings will use special in-game entertainment like the return of the “Veggie Race,” videos featuring farm-to-fork trivia and other programming to encourage fans to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lives, as well as share some of the team’s innovative practices that make Golden 1 Center the most environmentally friendly arena in the world.

The Sacramento Kings have set the bar for sports teams – becoming a model of sustainability by becoming the first arena to be awarded LEED platinum, and sourcing 90% of Golden 1 Center’s food within 150 miles of the arena to create the most innovative food program in sports.

Building off of these green practices, the Sacramento Kings created the Second That program aimed at mitigating food waste by donating unserved arena cuisine to families in need throughout the Sacramento region. As a result of these innovations and more, the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center were awarded with the Sport for Climate Action Award by Beyond Sport, chosen as an example that improves the urban fabric by Fast Company, selected as an Environmental Innovator of the Year by the Green Sports Alliance and earned Sustainable Business of the Year for Energy Conservation by the Sacramento Business Environmental Resource Center.

Read the full release here.

Sacramento Kings Honored for Industry-Leading Efforts to Combat Climate Change

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Beyond Sport Selects Golden 1 Center as Finalist for Sport for Climate Action Award 

Sacramento, CA – Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world, recognized the Sacramento Kings industry-leading effort to combat climate change and promote sustainability in California and around the world. The Kings were selected as one of three finalists for the Sport for Climate Action award.

“By creating a new model of sustainability at Golden 1 Center, we hope to inspire our fans, community, friends in sport and businesses around the globe to think deliberately about how we use our planet’s resources and reduce our impact on the environment,”said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé.

The Sacramento Kings have announced a series of unprecedented commitments to sustainability. Golden 1 Center, the Kings new home court, is the first entirely solar powered and LEED Platinum certified arena in the world, placing it in the top 3% of all buildings certified in the world. The venue’s industry-leading food program sources 90 percent of its ingredients and beverages from within 150 miles, enacted a 10-point charter that extends the team’s commitment to identify responsible sources, extend our educational reach into our culinary program, support local businesses, and take steps to mitigate hunger in the Sacramento region.

The arena’s design embraces energy saving innovations and creates opportunities for the team to educate fans about environmental awareness. Five massive hangar doors at the Grand Entrance bi-fold, allowing the arena utilize a regional, natural cooling phenomenon – The Delta Breeze – to circulate fresh air through the arena and save on energy use. The lower bowl features a one-of-a-kind displacement ventilation system which adjusts the climate at the fans’ level – under their seats – with low-volume, passive air that is more comfortable and efficient than typical forced, chilled air from above.

Other key sustainability accomplishments and programs for Golden 1 Center include:

  • The team’s new downtown home will reduce average miles traveled per attendee by 20 percent, cut overall air emissions by 24 percent, and reduce travel-related greenhouse gas emissions per attendee by 36 percent by 2020, as reported in a thirteen-month environmental impact analysis.
  • The first year-round, net-zero sports arena
  • A 30 percent reduction in energy use above California Title 24 code requirement
  • A 45 percent reduction in use over stringent California code
  • Over 12,000 pounds of usable food diverted to local food banks
  • Fan donated shoes recycled into the team’s court
  • 99% of demolition materials, nearly 101,000 tons, recycled and diverted from landfills
  • Partnerships with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Green Sports Alliance (GSA)

Winners of the Beyond Sports Global Awards will be announced at an award ceremony in New York City on July 26th.

Dikembe Mutombo is Here to Remind you Turn Off the Lights When You’re Not Using Them

By:  | USA Today

In the midst of the NBA playoffs, Dikembe Mutombo has a simple message: Go green.

The former star turned NBA ambassador is portrayed — along with Jason Collins, Felipe Lopez, and WNBA Legends Swin Cash and Ruth Riley — as an animated bobblehead as part of the NBA Green Energy All-Stars campaign in honor of Earth Day.

“It is very important to protect our environment and the NBA has been in the center of so many causes so this one is a great one,” he said.

Mutombo said he thought the bobblehead rendering brought back some fond memories of his early days in the league.

“When I came to the NBA in 1991 I remember when the league and the Denver Nuggets came out with a Dikembe Mutombo bobblehead. It was amazing. It was something that fans took a hold of,” he said. “So I think it’s going to have an impact to the way our fans are getting the message. I think the message will go directly to their minds.”

So what does Mutombo do everyday to help the environment?

Turning off the lights of course, using a timer to turn off lights around the house, switching the washing machine to cold wash instead of hot wash and turning off appliances when they’re not in use.

“When we’re not charging our phone everything (that it’s charged with) doesn’t have to be on,” he said.

Since we had Mutombo on the phone, we had to (jokingly) ask him: With the NBA draft lottery coming up, will there be any more tweets leading up to the big day that will spur the internet into a wave of conspiracy theories like last year’s?

He laughed.

“No! I’m not going to make that mistake that I did last year,” he said. “… Definitely I’m going to make sure that I keep my mouth shut and stay away from my phone, from Twitter, from my Instagram.”

See the story here.

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