Cavaliers Team Up to Green Up!
Renewable Energy, Local Food and More
Planned for Sustainability Awareness Nights at The Q!
As part of 2013 NBA Green Week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have tipped off the fourth annual Cavaliers GREEN WEEK presented by Republic Services, running now through April 12th. Throughout the week, the Cavs will highlight the team’s commitment to preserving the planet while educating and encouraging fans to adopt more eco-friendly habits.
The Cavs will host their Sustainability Awareness Nights on Sunday, April 7th vs. the Orlando Magic at 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 10th vs. the Detroit Pistons at 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, April 12th vs. the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m.
“We continuously look for new ways to become more environmentally friendly,” says Cavs President of Business Operations Kerry Bubolz. “NBA Green Week is the perfect opportunity to share our commitment to environmental responsibility at The Q, as well as educate fans on the importance on becoming sustainable leaders in our community.”
The Cavs NBA Green Week events continue to grow each year to make a lasting impact on the community and environment. This year’s activities include:
• Unity in the Community! On Saturday, April 6th, Cavs team members will join hundreds of volunteers from neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations in the “Keep Ohio Beautiful” spring litter pick up! Volunteers will pick up thousands of pounds of litter, recyclables and debris on the east side of the Muni Lot in Cleveland. Hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), and the Ohio Turnpike Commission, this will be the first time KOB holds its annual State Roadway Cleanup in Cleveland.
• Knowledge is Power - On Sunday, April 7th, student finalists for this year’s 2013 Cavaliers Green Week Award will present their sustainability projects on The Q’s main concourse in a science fair. Before the game, fans can check out the projects and learn about what Cleveland’s youth are doing to make their schools and communities more sustainable. The winning project will be announced during a special halftime presentation, where they will be awarded with $2,500 to continue their efforts.
• It’s Electric! The electricity at The Q for the Friday, April 12th game will run completely on renewable energy credits (RECs) provided by FirstEnergy Solutions.
At all Cavs Sustainability Awareness Nights throughout Green Week:
• Paper or Plastic? Neither! The first 3,000 fans at The Q will receive a free reusable tote bag courtesy of Republic Services.
• Heart on Their Sleeve - The Cavs will suit up in 100% organic cotton ADIDAS NBA Green shirts for pregame shoot-around. The team will also sport NBA Green wristbands and headbands made from 45% organic cotton.
• Meet Your Eco-Leaders! Local environmental agency representatives and information will be stationed on the concourse to showcase the importance of sustainable living along with interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Participants include the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management, Republic Services, Earth Day Coalition and GE Electric.
• Every basket counts! The arena concourses will host six waste stations for fans to dispose of their recyclable trash, compostable trash and landfill waste in the appropriately marked containers.
• Go Local, Grow Local! In addition to setting the table all season long with recyclable cups, plates and plastic products, Quicken Loans Arena’s food and beverage service, ARAMARK will highlight its locally purchased produce and goods during Green Week, as well as showcase local breweries and organic wines at select concession stands.
• A Win-Win Situation! Fans are invited to bid in a special Cavs Green Week silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Earth Day Coalition. Silent auction items include autographed Spalding basketballs made from 40 percent recycled materials and much more.
To date, the Cavaliers organizational family, which includes the NBA Development League Canton Charge, AHL Lake Erie Monsters, AFL Cleveland Gladiators and Quicken Loans Arena operations management, and in addition to food and beverage provider ARAMARK, continues to make great strides toward its goal of being considered a best practice for environmentally friendly businesses. Some of these accomplishments include:
• Collecting more than 360,000 pounds of recyclable waste in the past year, including 2,623 pounds of recycled electronics, 448 pounds of batteries, 3,700 pounds of fluorescent lamps and 3,270 pounds of recycled office paper.
• Composting more than 100,000 pounds of food waste, an increase of 32 percent over the previous year.
• The Quicken Loans Arena Clean Team has made the transition from paper towels and cotton cloths to more environmentally friendly microfiber towels.
• Replacing all public restrooms with more water efficient spouts, decreasing the amount of water dispensed per cycle by 1 gallon.
• Transitioning from T12 fluorescent bulb to a more energy-efficient T8 bulb in lighting fixtures throughout the arena.
• ARAMARK’s increased efforts to purchase locally grown produce and goods from vendors when possible – including regional small farms.