News Bytes: Buy Red Sox Tix, Support Charity

Tickets_for_CharityHere’s a round up of some stories from the day. The Red Sox Tickets for Charity program takes the lead. Then after the jump, read about the new Lone Star Faceoff charity hockey competition, as well as a Disability and the arts program that got an Olympics charity boost in the U.K.

Boston Red Sox: Tickets-for-Charity is now offering Boston Red Sox fans access to hard-to-find seats at Fenway Park for the upcoming Division Series against the Angels on Sunday, October 11th and Monday, October 12th while supporting the Red Sox Foundation.

“Partnering with Tickets-for-Charity has already raised over $774,000 for our Foundation, and we were thrilled to expand this terrific program in 2009 with an even greater selection of seats for our fans,” said Meg Vaillancourt, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation (Tickets for Charity). [Read more…]

NBA Green Week Initiative Aims to Make League More Environmentally-Friendly; Green Week Top Ten

NBA Green

The NBA is in the heart of its Green Week initiative, which tipped off April 2 and closes April 10. The initiative is a parntership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) and is an on the NBA’s part to take steps to become a more environmentally-friendly organization.

The week features special oncourt apparel, auctions to support environmental protection organizations, hands-on community service projects and the launch of a PSA featuring Hollywood icon and NRDC Trustee, Robert Redford. In addition, the NBA has rolled out NBA Green, a Web site dedicated to this initiative.

NBA teams will be heavily involved by taking steps towards “greening” their arenas and encouraging their fans to take part in greening initiatives. [Read more…]

Stewart Helps Thoroughbred Org; Sauter Visits Fort Bragg; Infineon Raceway Recycling

FFI/TSF

The Tony Stewart Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Indianapolis-based Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI), a not-for-profit volunteer organization that works with owners and trainers at the state’s two horse tracks to identify and obtain thoroughbreds that are nearing the end of their racing careers. FFI evaluates and retrains the horses, and finds new, forever homes with devoted, caring owners. More than 200 horses have been transitioned from the track into new post-racing life (Indianapolis Motor Speedway).

Military Thanks: NASCAR driver Johnny Sauter, as well as AVP player Angie Akers, recently visited Fort Bragg, NC in support of the Warriors Promise Foundation. The duo made the visit on behalf of sponsor FUBAR energy drink. The Warrior’s Promise Foundation is a non-profit organization with the charter of providing support to the United States military community at the grass roots level. As part of the Warriors Promise Foundation a percentage of all FUBAR sales goes to the members of military communities in need (FUBAR).

Green Room: Infineon Raceway has reaffirmed its position as the recycling leader in the motor-sports industry, collecting more than 17 tons of recyclable materials at its major events during the 2008 racing season. In all, the raceway collected 34,568 pounds of materials at its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, IndyCar® Series and AMA Superbike Series event weekends. That brings the total to more than 73 tons (147,524 pounds) of recyclable materials since the inception of the program in 2004 (Infineon Raceway).

Image credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Reds’ Dickerson, Astros’ Cassel Starting We Play Green Organization to Help Environment

We Play Green

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon wrote that Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Dickerson and Houston Astros P Jack Cassel have started We Play Green, “a non-profit organization with a mission to bring pro athletes together and create more environmental conservation.”

Dickerson said that MLB players “such as Jon Garland, James Shields and Reid Brignac of the Rays and Conor Jackson from the D-backs are also getting involved.”

Dickerson: “We’re going to be a coalition of athletes from all sports to inspire other athletes and fans to start recycling and cutting down on the enormous use of plastic. The amount of plastic used in a clubhouse is amazing. I wanted to inspire other people to bring green awareness and at least be conscious of the waste they consume and do away with” (Mark Sheldon, MLB.com, 11/18). Read the entire article at MLB.com

Coca-Cola Helping Homestead-Miami NASCAR Weekend Go Green; United Way on the 29

Coca-Cola Recycling

With the assistance of Coca-Cola Recycling, Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is hosting NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend, November 14-16, has embarked on a major recycling effort. The effort includes a full sweep of the grandstands prior to the standard trash sweep. Highlights of the Homestead-Miami Speedway recycling efforts during the Championship finales:

  • Representatives sweeping the grandstands twice following the completion of each race: once to collect all recyclable bottles and cans, and a second time to remove trash
  • Recycling bins (400-plus) placed throughout the concourse and hospitality areas
  • Representatives visiting RV camping areas twice daily throughout Ford Championship Weekend to collect reusable materials
  • A large Coca-Cola Recycling mobile marketing vehicle placed prominently in midwaypavilion area to educate and inform race fans of the program and its benefits, as well as to reward fans with incentives for recycling participation
  • After collecting the beverage containers, Coca-Cola will divert the materials for reuse into new bottles, cans and other uses….even the “RPET” line of recycled clothing

(Homestead-Miami Speedway).

Green Paint: In efforts to promote a green planet, SKI/SBM Motorsports has partnered with Planet Green Unlimited and the GATORBOXx 100 for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead. The No. 30 Planet Green Unlimited Chevy will be driven by Stanton Barrett (Stanton Barrett Motorsports).

Charity Colors: Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy will carry the United Way logo on the deck lid during Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead. Shell Oil Company is an avid supporter of the United Way (Shell Oil Company).

Green Flag: Anheuser-Busch Encouraging NASCAR Fans to Recycle This Weekend

Budweiser

Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation has partnered with A-B’s local distributor, Bealer Distributing, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway to provide more than 250 Budweiser Recycling containers in the concourse, vendor display areas, infield and suites to recycle plastic and aluminum containers during this weekend’s NASCAR events at the speedway. In addition, campers at the four main campgrounds will receive recycling bags as they enter those facilities and will be encouraged to leave their recyclables at their camp sites for pickup.

All proceeds from the Anheuser-Busch recycling program will be given to Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), which provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. The Anheuser-Busch Recycling promotion during the speedway’s Speed Week in May 2008 raised more than $2,100 for SCC.

Recycling Program: Anheuser-Busch Recycling works closely with a network of 700 organizations around the country to encourage recycling of used beverage containers. The company implements numerous programs, from its Recycle Challenge initiative, where schools earn money from recycled cans to purchase school equipment, to beverage container collection at large venues and events, including in recent years the Daytona 500, Sturgis Bike Week and LPGA/PGA TOUR tournaments. In addition, the company operates a recycling center in Hayward, Calif., which processes both aluminum cans and plastic bottles. For more information, visit www.ourpledge.com (Speedway Children’s Charities).

Mariners-Orioles to be First Carbon-Neutral Game in MLB

In Seattle, Noel Lyn Smith reports that the Mariners “are celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring the first carbon-neutral game in the history” of MLB for tonight’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field. In a partnership with Cedar Grove Composting, “the energy consumption of the game will be offset through financial investment in energy-conservation projects.”

The team “is purchasing carbon offsets from Vermont-based NativeEnergy and 58,000 kilowatt-hours of ‘green power’ credits from Seattle City Light’s Green Up program.” Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale said that “the estimated total cost is $3,700” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/22).

Nets Host Sixers in First Ever CarbonNeutral NBA Game

The New Jersey Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at the IZOD Center for the first NBA game in history to be CarbonNeutral. All of the fan automobile travel, staff travel, IZOD Center energy use, and the bus trip for the 76ers have been included in the overall carbon footprint.

The Nets are eliminating their carbon footprint for the game through offsetting by purchasing guaranteed and verified carbon credits. Barclays will be the underwriter for the offsetting program as part of its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

This CarbonNeutral-themed Green Night will also include educating fans on what it means to be carbon neutral and what fans can do in their daily lives in regards to their personal commitment to the environment.

The Nets have chosen to support the following projects for their carbon offset program:

  • Kotmar Waste Heat Recovery in India
  • Sichuan Province Hydro Power in China
  • Rhine-Ruhr Waste Gas Power in Germany
  • Solar Water Heating Systems in Southern India

For more information on the Nets’ CarbonNeutral initiative, please visit www.netsgogreen.com.

So what exactly is CarbonNeutral?

The CarbonNeutral Company is the world’s leading carbon offset and climate consulting business, working with over 300 businesses and 50,000+ consumer clients.

CarbonNeutral is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company (TCNC) and is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. Permission to display the
CarbonNeutral mark is only given to clients of TCNC when CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero through a program implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This Protocol assures quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group. The ‘audit trail’ includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners through to contracts with clients and everything in between.

The CarbonNeutral accreditation awarded to the Nets signifies that the emissions associated with the Nets commuting, business travel, premises and company vehicles have been calculated in accordance with the WRI/WBCSD GHG protocol and an equal number of carbon credits have been purchased on behalf of the Nets to neturalize these emissions (CarbonNeutral Company).

Nets First NBA Team to Be CarbonNeutral

New Jersey Nets PSA (0:31)

The New Jersey Nets have recently become the first major professional sports team to be accredited as CarbonNeutral. The Nets plan to lower their carbon footprint by focusing on improving energy efficiency, recycling rates, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and establishing green procurement policies for the materials the Nets use on a regular basis.

In January, the Nets launched www.netsgogreen.com as an educational resource for Nets fans to learn about energy conservation, global warming, sustainability, recycling, air quality, forestation, renewable energy, greener cleaning products, policy and legislation, key green terms, and water conservation (New Jersey Nets).