The Blazers have officially announced that Sunday’s game against Dallas will be the team’s 6th annual Green Awareness Game.
Here’s the release:
TRAIL BLAZERS SIXTH ANNUAL GREEN AWARENESS GAME SET FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 7 VS. DALLAS
2013 NBA Green Week, presented by Sprint, runs April 4 – 12
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 4, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers will host their sixth annual Green Awareness Game on Sunday, April 7 vs. the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced today. Throughout the game, the team will raise awareness for protecting the environment by highlighting best practices and making resources available.
The team’s Green Partners will be in attendance for the game, including Stalk Market Compostable Products, Republic Services, ServiceMaster andPacific Power. Christenson Electric will have an electric vehicle charging station on display for fans on the 100-level concourse. Additionally, select menu items available in the arena will feature vegetables produced locally at the AlbinaCooperative Garden, a non-profit community garden less than one mile from the Rose Garden in North Portland.
NBA Green Week 2013, presented by Sprint, tipped off today and runs through April 12. During the initiative, players will wear 100% organic cotton NBA Green shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green logo. Players will also wear NBA Green headbands and wristbands made from 45% organic cotton to raise additional environmental awareness.
The NBA’s Green Week is conducted in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to raise awareness and funds for protecting the environment. The NRDC recently honored six individuals for their efforts to pioneer environmental work in professional sports. Among the six honored was Peter McLoughlin, CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, the holding company which owns the Trail Blazers.
The Trail Blazers made their initial splash into sustainability in 2010, when the Rose Garden Arena became the first existing professional sports venue in the world to achieve LEED Gold Certification. In 2011, the Trail Blazers were one of six founding members of the Green Sports Alliance and were also selected for the BEST Award as the most sustainably operated business in Oregon. In 2012, the team unveiled 10 electric vehicle charging stations, making the Rose Quarter campus the largest single site for EV charging in the region. The team is currently in the process of adding 16 more charging stations to the campus.
The Rose Garden uses 100% renewable energy while diverting over 80% of waste from local landfills through recycling and composting. Every food and beverage container used at the Rose Garden is compostable and 80% of the food and beverage is locally-sourced or organic. The Rose Quarter has more than 200 dedicated bicycle parking spaces and just recently installed a bike fix-it station adjacent to their covered shelters. Of the 20,000 fans that regularly attend Trail Blazers games, 80% of them use alternative transportation.
The Trail Blazers and NBA have made sustainability and sustainability awareness a year-round commitment. To learn more about what the Trail Blazers and NBA are doing to “Go Green”, please visit www.trailblazers.com/green or www.nba.com/green.