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Stand Together Week with Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC & T2

June 5, 2017; Cornelius, OR, USA; Sebastian Blanco, Britt Eckerstrom, Christian Herrera, Andre Lewis and Terrell Lowe help with painting pots and making recycling bins out of cardboard boxes at the Cornelius Wellness Center in Cornelius, OR during Stand Together Week. Photo: Sam Ortega-Portland Timbers

June 5, 2017; Cornelius, OR, USA; Sebastian Blanco, Britt Eckerstrom, Christian Herrera, Andre Lewis and Terrell Lowe help with painting pots and making recycling bins out of cardboard boxes at the Cornelius Wellness Center in Cornelius, OR during Stand Together Week. Photo: Sam Ortega-Portland Timbers

For the sixth year in a row, the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and T2 have partnered up with Hands On Greater Portland, the City of Portland and numerous nonprofit organizations for the organization’s annual Stand Together Week. Since 2012, Stand Together Week has united players, staff, sponsors and supporters in a week-long community initiative to improve local neighborhoods and give back to Soccer City.

Stand Together Week was held June 4 -10 and featured the completion of thirty service projects, thanks to the work of over a thousand dedicated volunteers. Each of the projects made a meaningful impact within the focus areas of Stand Together: youth activity, youth education and environmental awareness.

Projects ranged from environmentally focused work, such as sprucing up community gardens, removing non-native invasive plants, and hosting beach cleanups, to youth focused work, like restoring books and hosting youth soccer clinics. Additionally, as in times past, supporters were given the opportunity to work alongside some of their favorite athletes and coaches, collaborating to improve their collective communities.

Since 2012, Stand Together Week Participants have donated 12,631 hours of service at more than 163 events benefitting youth and the environment in the greater-Portland area. In that time, volunteers have served nonprofits, such as Playworks, Zenger Farm, Boys & Girls Club, Active Children Portland, Children’s Book Bank and the 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance amongst many others.

The Timbers, Thorns and T2 have collectively continued to emphasize philanthropy as core tenant of their organization, inviting Portlanders to engage in service that benefits local youth and the environment, while leading by example in their community.

June 5, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Jack Barmby, Jack Jewsbury, Wade Hamilton, Shaquille Jimenez, Omar Mohamed, Andrew Gregor and Merritt Paulson help clean up Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn during Stand Together Week. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers

June 5, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Jack Barmby, Jack Jewsbury, Wade Hamilton, Shaquille Jimenez, Omar Mohamed, Andrew Gregor and Merritt Paulson help clean up Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn during Stand Together Week. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers

Arsenal Marks Earth Hour

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We are supporting Earth Hour by turning off the lights at Emirates Stadium from 8.30pm this evening, and continuing action beyond the hour with our commitment to sustainable energy with Official Club Partner Octopus Energy.

Earth Hour is a global movement that calls for greater action on climate change. Each year millions of people around the world come together for an hour to host events, switch lights off and raise awareness around climate change action.

It’s been the hottest year on record for the third year in a row so it’s crucial to show our support for action on climate change now more than ever.

Arsenal Deputy Stadium Manager Michael Lloyd said: “By joining millions around the world in turning off our lights, we want to show our support for action on climate change. But it has to go further than that. We want to encourage all Arsenal fans to make the small changes that they can, so we are making it easy for them to support our efforts and switch to green energy with our Official Energy partner, Octopus Energy.”

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Set to Achieve LEED Platinum, an NFL, MLS Stadium First

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcon’s new home, is seeking LEED Platinum certification — and is “on target” to achieve this highest level of the green building rating from the US Green Building Council, says Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay.

Once construction is completed this summer, the stadium is is expected to be the first NFL and MLS stadium to achieve LEED Platinum. It will also be the first sports facility to achieve all water credits available for LEED.

The venue’s management has also committed to further restore natural water systems wetlands and damaged watersheds and are pursuing a new LEED Pilot Credit strategy called Water Restoration Certificates (WRC). Through this effort, the stadium will purchase WRCs locally from the Flint River in Georgia’s water supply, providing for a 100 percent regional impact and monetary benefits for the local watershed, the stadium managers say.

Other sustainable building features include:

  • Save 29 percent in energy usage compared to a typical stadium design
  • Has 4,000 solar panels generating around 1.6 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Onsite edible landscaping
  • 680,000-gallon cistern used for water recapture and reuse for land irrigation
  • 1 million gallon cooling tower

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