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Super Bowl 50 To Develop “Green” Legacy For San Francisco Bay Area

The NFL and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee teamed to develop a series of initiatives reducing environmental impact of Super Bowl activities and to leave a “green” legacy throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Verizon has also joined as a key partner in several of these projects including the Super Kids – Super Sharing Book and Sports Equipment donation project, the Super Bowl 50 Urban Forestry Project and a public E-Waste Recycling Rally.

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A series of environmental projects, funded by Verizon, the NFL and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, will take place throughout the Bay Area during the month of January.

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In Pollution Fight, the Sailing World Has Just Scratched the Surface

New York Times

Ten thousand miles from his current location in Sydney, Australia, Ken Read, the skipper of the 100-foot super maxi Comanche, maintains a morning routine at his home in Newport, R.I. He walks on Gooseberry Beach with his dog Toby. The walk doubles as a morning cleanup mission.

“I get an armful of garbage off the same exact beach in the same exact place every morning, and frankly it’s just shocking,” Read said.

Phil Harmer of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing checked the keel for debris in the Bay of Plenty near New Zealand during the Volvo Ocean Race. Credit Getty Images AsiaPac, via Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Phil Harmer of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing checked the keel for debris in the Bay of Plenty near New Zealand during the Volvo Ocean Race. Credit Getty Images AsiaPac, via Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Ocean health is front and center in the sailing world amid concerns over pollution and debris at next year’s Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro.

It was also a point of contention during the most recent Volvo Ocean Race. And with another Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race set to start on Saturday, no sport seems better positioned to lead the way in illuminating the huge environmental challenges the ocean is bearing.

The question is whether sailors are using that bully pulpit frequently and effectively enough.

“I do think we’re the ideal messengers, but I don’t think we are doing enough,” said Lisa Blair, an Australian skipper and activist who will be taking part in the Sydney-Hobart race in a recently purchased boat she has named Climate Action Now. “There are certainly lots of individuals trying to do work with it and raise awareness, with beach cleanup days and harbor cleanup days. There is a lot going on, but a lot of smaller things. There needs to be a great change towards just the products we are using and the things that we do that have a direct relationship with our environment and the quality of our oceans.”

San Diego Padres Announce Ballpark Upgrades For 2016

The San Diego Padres recently announced details on the planned upgrades at Petco Park for 2016. The centerpiece of which will be the new two-level social space in right-center field inspired by San Diego’s beach lifestyle.

Locally-based Sun Diego Boardshops has expanded its existing relationship with the Padres to become the presenting partner of the space, which will be constructed in the location currently occupied by The Beachers seating area and The Beach play area. As part of the design, the children’s sand play area will be preserved and relocated to a space along K Street, further removed from the playing field and safe from balls in play. Construction is already underway.

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Padres President & CEO Mike Dee, said:

Sun Diego epitomizes what is unique and desirable about all of Southern California, and we are excited to expand our partnership with such an iconic local company that is emblematic of that lifestyle. This project will transform the space in right-center field, while preserving the view from the grass seating area in the Park at the Park. Together with Sun Diego, we will create an improved and unique experience for fans in what has previously been an underutilized area.

The new space, with a design aesthetic modeled after Southern California’s iconic piers, will feature pilings and decking constructed from environmentally friendly recycled composite wood. Drink rails will line the front row of each level, with approximately 60 fixed seats between the two. In total, the space will accommodate nearly 600 people in a standing room only capacity. Ideal for mingling and social interaction, it will be sold as a group space for the majority of games. 

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