AEG’s Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy will be honored as Environmental Innovators of the Year at Green Sports Alliance’s (GSA) Sixth Annual Game Changer Awards in Sacramento, Calif. on June 28, 2017.
Both first-time recipients, the LA Kings and LA Galaxy were selected for their efforts in sustainable stadium and arena operations and community and fan engagement.
Leading the way in sustainable stadium operations, the LA Galaxy’s field at AEG’s StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. is lit with high efficiency LED sports lights and uses recycled water to irrigate the pitch. Additionally, the venue recently opened an in-stadium greenhouse, chicken coop and apiary, which produces 800 pounds of honey.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as an Innovator of the Year by the Green Sports Alliance,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “The LA Galaxy have worked diligently to be one of the most environmentally sustainable teams in in North America, highlighted by the numerous investments and measures at our home, StubHub Center. We will continue to find innovative ways to conserve energy, increase sustainability and engage our community.”
In addition to focusing on sustainable arena practices, LA Kings Green supported by Waste Management utilizes fan engagement and service activities through charitable partners to raise awareness and educate the community about the environment. During the 2016-17 NHL season, the Kings hosted a tri-city beach cleanup with Heal the Bay, in which 250 volunteers – including fans, former players and staff – removed 700 pounds of trash in two hours.
“We are proud to be recognized by the Green Sports Alliance as a recipient of the 2017 Innovator Award,” said Luc Robitaille, LA Kings President. “We understand the power of sports, and the team, along with our fans and partners, look forward to continuing to reducing our environmental impact together for years to come.”
Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members span 500 organizations, representing 15 leagues in 14 countries.