#GreenSportsDay - AEG

#GreenSportsDay - AEG
October 6, 2019
Posted by:
Jessica Crawford

RAC Arena

RAC Arena in Perth, Australia switched to StackCups for beer and are saving 160,000 single use plastic cups per year!

LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy have partnered with Copia™ in order to utilize unused and excess food on game days at Dignity Health Sports Park to be donated to those in need in the Los Angeles community. The LA Galaxy are the first Major League Soccer team to partner with Copia™.“We are so excited to partner with Copia™ to track and manage our food waste in order to provide to those who need it,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “We remain committed to serving our community in everything we do, and fighting hunger in Los Angeles is an extremely important cause that we are proud to support.”Copia™ makes healthy food more accessible to people in the community by helping businesses redistribute high-quality excess food to feed people in need. Businesses use the company’s technology platform to feed the community, save money, and reduce waste. Restaurants, hotels, hospitals, corporate cafeterias, and other businesses with food use Copia™’s technology to understand overproduction trends and reduce surplus over time, while ensuring that excess food is used to its highest and best potential — to feed people in need."We are thrilled to partner with LA Galaxy to end hunger and food waste in LA,” said Hayley Seed, Head of Sales, Copia. “The LA Galaxy is the first MLS team to make a major commitment to not only waste reduction, but also alleviating hunger and poverty. This team and Dignity Health Sports Park together are projected to provide tens of thousands of meals this season, resulting in preventing over 200,000 pounds of CO2e, the equivalent of removing over 20 cars off the road for an entire year. There are 23 other teams, in 23 other US cities that hopefully will see the impact of this initiative and bring Copia to their respective cities."The LA Galaxy’s partnership with Copia™ comes in cojunction with the club’s Protect the Pitch sustainability initiative. In the previous few years, the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park have launched numerous sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint and become more sustainable through the Protect the Pitch initiative. This year, the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park were nominated for The StadiumBusiness Awards 2019 for the Sustainability & Community Award for their efforts behind Protect the Pitch.For more information on Copia™, visit www.gocopia.com.Learn more here.

AEG Joins UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

AEG’s LA Kings, LA Galaxy, Eisbären Berlin, Ontario Reign, Amgen Tour of California and AEG Rugby to commit to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

Become first teams in respective leagues to commit to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today announced its pledge to support the United Nation’s (UN) Sports for Climate Action Framework (Framework).In committing to the Framework, AEG’s LA Kings, LA Galaxy, Eisbären Berlin and Ontario Reign become the first teams in their respective leagues (National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Deutsche Eishockey Liga, American Hockey League) to do so, in addition to AEG’s Amgen Tour of California – California’s premiere bike race on the UCI World Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour – and AEG Rugby."AEG has built significant global trust and moral leadership, and -- because sports touch on every cross-section of society -- drives positive change throughout the world,” said UN Head of Global Climate Action, Niclas Svenningsen. “I applaud AEG’s use of its significant global leadership position to help us address the greatest challenge of our time: climate change."Founding sports organization signatories of the Sports for Climate Action Framework include: International Olympic Committee (IOC), Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, French Tennis Federation (Roland Garros), International Sailing Federation, World Surf League, Forest Green Rovers Football Club, Formula E, and several other international sports organizations.“AEG is proud to support the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework,” said John Marler, Vice President of Energy and Environment, AEG. “Given our (AEG’s) recently adopted greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal – which aligns with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius – this is a natural next step for our sports teams that will complement our existing efforts to reduce our carbon emissions and to raise awareness about this critical global challenge.”In December of 2018, representatives from the global sports sector and the UN Climate Change Secretariat launched the Framework at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. The Framework’s two overarching objectives are to promote a set of principles for the global sports community to adopt in order to combat climate change and to use sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and the action among global citizens. Organizations signing on to the Framework commit to the five Principles, which are to:

  • Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • Reduce overall climate impact;
  • Educate for climate action;
  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and
  • Advocate for climate action through communication.

Through AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, the company will continue to leverage its existing sustainability efforts which include LA Kings Green and the LA Galaxy’s Protect the Pitch initiatives, which aim to bring awareness to the most critical environmental issues and drive positive impact through arena operations as well as fan and community engagement.Learn more here.