Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena Show Their Eco-Colors For NBA’s First-Ever Green Week April 2-10

CLEVELAND, OH - April 2nd, 2009 - The Cleveland Cavaliers will participate in the inaugural “NBA Green Week 2009” April 2nd through April 10th to highlight the league’s increasing involvement in environmental initiatives. Although being environmentally responsible is something that the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has been taking seriously for some time, the Cavs are ready to show their eco-colors - "Wine is the New Green."

The Cavaliers will host two home games during Green Week on Sunday, April 5th vs. the San Antonio Spurs at 1:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 8th vs. the Washington Wizards at 7:00 p.m. Each game will be dedicated to promoting fan activation and education about eco-friendly behavior, as well as educating fans on what initiatives the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena are taking to make a positive difference in the environment. Many environmental agencies will be on the Quicken Loans Arena concourse providing fans with information and demonstrations on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Doing what we can to preserve the environment is very much a part of our organizational consciousness,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski. “We are taking a proactive approach to being responsible and continue to implement new standards of procedures that promote sustainability. It is a step-by-step process of implementation that will eventually evolve into a natural way of life of how we operate our business.”

In support of NBA Green Week 2009:

  • The Cavaliers are encouraging fans to carpool or take public transportation to the games. Fans taking RTA or the rapid transit will receive a free bag of whole grain chips, courtesy of ARAMARK and Shearer’s when they show their RTA receipt at any FastBreak concession stand at The Q.

  • Cavs players have taped special public service announcements encouraging fans to recycle. The PSA’s will be shown on Q-Tube during games and can also be viewed on cavs.com/green, which also features “Green Tips” for visitors to learn more about how the team, Quicken Loans Arena and Cleveland Clinic Courts are becoming environmentally responsible.

  • Whole Foods has donated 15,000 reusable bags to giveaway to fans at the April 5th game. For the April 8th game, Giant Eagle has donated 5,000 reusable bags to giveaway, and the Cavs will giveaway 10,000 packets of flower seeds just in time for spring planting.

  • Environmental agencies that will be represented on the Quicken Loans Arena concourse during the games include: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste, Earth Day Coalition/Cleveland Zoo, EcoWatch Ohio, Green City/Blue Lake, NE Ohio Regional Sewer District, Great Lakes Science Center, City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability. Each will have representatives and information available on how and why to live green. There will also be interactive exhibits that demonstrate energy conservation and how to reduce carbon footprints.

  • Spalding basketballs made from 40 percent recycled materials will be autographed by Cavaliers players and up for auction on The Q concourse during each game. Proceeds will benefit EcoWatch Ohio.

  • Cavs players will wear 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts designed by adidas featuring the NBA Green logo during their games that week. All Cavs entertainment teams, Cavs Crew and stat crew will wear NBA Green logo organic T-shirts, and Cavs coaches and staff will wear green ties.

  • The electricity at The Q for the April 8th game will run on renewable energy credits that are generated from First Energy’s Allegheny Ridge and wind farm in Pennsylvania A renewable energy credit (REC) represents the environmental and economic value of electricity produced from clean, renewable, emission-free energy resources that are safe for the environment and never depleted. The RECs offset the electricity used at the game with 100% wind power or 100% green energy.

    Fast Facts About How The Q and Cleveland Clinic Courts are Going Green:

    Talkin’ Trash. The Q collected over four tons of recyclable materials in 2007-08 and is on track to exceed that tonnage during the 2008-09 season. In cooperation with Allied Waste Management and an assist from Cavs fans, we will continue to be progressive in our greening recycling efforts.

    Drink responsibly! Beverages at The Q are served in corn plastic cups that biodegrade in one to five years. Concessionaire ARAMARK, transitioned its beverage serviceware throughout the arena from traditional plastic to corn plastic.

    SWEET! ARAMARK uses biodegradable to-go containers, plates and bowls that are made from bagasse— this is what is left of the sugar cane plant after the edible portion has been extracted.

    It smells so Green! Cleaning supplies like soaps, polishes and window cleaners used at Quicken Loans Arena and Cleveland Clinic Courts are 95% green sensitive and everything is wiped up with cloth towels instead of paper towels.

    Who turned off the lights? Many areas in Quicken Loans Arena are equipped with motion sensors, which automatically turns off lights and helps save energy when no one is in the room. Throughout The Q standard light bulbs have been replaced with more efficient ballasts (fluorescent T8 units).

    The Q powers down to save energy. All major equipment units in The Q and Cleveland Clinic Courts are controlled through an energy management software program called Metasys (provided by Johnson Controls) where the appropriate energy usage is scheduled for specific activities. Energy consumption is then monitored and provides feedback to make adjustments as needed. Twenty (20) mWhs of energy is used during a Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena.

    Pepsi, Thank You. Quicken Loans Arena and Cleveland Clinic Courts have 75 branded recycling Pepsi “bottle” collection containers located throughout both facilities. Courtesy of our preferred soft drink partner, it’s hard to miss an opportunity to recycle!

    We Get the Dangerous Stuff Out of Here. Quicken Loans Arena works with EnviroServe, a single source waste remediation, transportation and disposal contractor who appropriately collects and marks hazard waste materials such as chemical solvents, refrigeration oils and batteries with a US DOT description in compliance with the Uniform Hazard Waste Manifest.