AEG Affiliated Venues Helps America Recycle for America Recycles DaySMNov 14, 2012
21 venues to host recycling events through Monday, November 19th
LOS ANGELES, CA. (Wednesday, November 14, 2012) – In call attention to America Recycles Day, 21 venues in 15 cities affiliated with leading venue industry owners and operators AEG, have begun hosting recycling drives through Monday, November 19. For the third consecutive year, AEG will participate in America Recycles Day, the nation's only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling.
The national campaign, organized by Keep America Beautiful, brings together thousands of local organizers to host recycling events across the country to raise awareness and promote more recycling in the United States. The national recycling rate is currently at 34 percent. Recycling 75 percent of the nation's waste would create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030, according to a report by the Tellus Institute with Sound Resource Management. AEG and America Recycles Day supporters are raising awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling everyday, all throughout the year.
AEG, a company that champions sustainability, is taking action now to set new recycling standards for the live sports and entertainment industry. The company's iconic sports and entertainment venues are the perfect backdrop for taking this national conversation to local communities and a symbol of the efforts made everyday to reduce the environmental impact of their operations across the globe. This America Recycles Day, 21 of AEG's clubs, theatres, arenas and stadia will host recycling and cause-related collection drives for staff and guests including five public e-waste collection events in four states with e-stewards certified recyclers. This is a part of the organization's new E-steward Enterprise commitment to use e-Stewards® licensed recyclers for responsible disposition and recycling of its own electronic equipment across North America.
As a company, AEG is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact which includes properly handling e-waste. Electronic equipment and gadgets have, at their end-of-life, become the largest toxic waste problem of our time. When disposed of improperly, the toxic materials in modern electronic equipment can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, and other health problems when the toxic materials are burned or dumped in landfills. The worst effects of e-waste are felt by the countries in Asia and Africa where U.S. e-waste is exported. The Basel Action Network developed the e-stewards certification program to ensure responsible e-waste solutions exist in the United States and to stop the mishandling and exporting of e-waste to other countries.
\"Deciding to become an E-Stewards Enterprise was an easy decision for us; we have at our core a commitment to be environmentally responsible from repairing and refurbish-ing equipment for longer use to the energy efficiency of our data centers,\" said Denise Taylor, Chief Information Officer, AEG. \"Now E-Stewards can help us ensure that e-waste recycling can truly help reduce our environmental impact without causing unintended harm.\"
\"Hosting America Recycles Day events provides a tangible way to engage our guests and staff in our day-to-day commitment to reduce our environmental footprint around the world,\" said Jennifer Regan, Global Sustainability Director, AEG \"At AEG, we believe that sharing these environmental stories and hosting these events will inspire our guests and employees to join us in making environmental responsible action fun.\"
\"AEG and its venues are taking an industry leadership role on hosting recycling events, particularly e-waste collection drives,\" said Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. \"These events provide a great community benefit, helping to mitigate environmental hazards and engaging fans in environmental stewardship initiatives. Insights gained from the AEG venues will help all Alliance members host similar, successful events - amplifying AEG's impact even more.\"
\"We are very proud supporters of AEG's America Recycles Day events and commend their efforts to promote recycling across 15 cities in 12 states. Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year,\" said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President of Recycling at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day.
In 2010, AEG formalized its commitment to sustainability by launching an industry first AEG 1EARTH program and sustainability report, which outlined goals specific to energy, waste, water and emission-reduction targets. Tomorrow, AEG will be releasing its second sustainability report that includes an update on our efforts to achieving these reductions including our ongoing investments in recycling and food composting in Los Angeles, London and Sydney.
This is the third year that AEG has participated in America Recycles Day to ensure Keep America Beautiful's national campaign is connected to the local communities where we operate. Among the highlights of our 2012 participating venues are:
L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA which includes STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia and The GRAMMY Museum among other venues, are hosting their third annual e-waste collection all electronics including tv's computers and more from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Thursday November 15th.
Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA will host a public recycling event on Saturday November 17th to collect e-waste, household appliances, CRV bottles & cans, auto parts and metals. All donors will be rewarded with 2 tickets to the Los Angeles D Fenders basketball game later that evening (as supplies last).
XL Center in Hartford, CT will host a two day e-waste collection event at the Friday November 16th CT Whale game vs. the Portland Pirates and the Saturday November 17 Kellogg's Tournament of Champions Gymnastics event. Kiosks in the venue will collect electronic goods including cameras, computer equipment and cell phones.
Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MI will host a canned food drive to benefit a local non-profit Harvesters any guest who brings a can to the Wallflowers show on Thursday November 15th receives $5 off of their ticket. The Sprint Center in Kansas City, MI will host a cell phone collection from 11:00am to 6:00pm the same day.
AEG-owned MLS team the Houston Dynamo and partner Greenstar Recycling will host a paper shredding and recycling drive from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday, November 15th. The first 100 fans to bring a large bag of items to be recycled will receive an inaugural season soccer ball from the Dynamo.
AEG venues hosting America Recycles Day events
|Best Buy Theater||New York, New York|
|Bluebird Theater||Denver, Colorado|
|BBVA Compass Stadium||Houston, Texas|
|Citizens Business Bank Arena||Ontario, California|
|El Rey Theater||Los Angeles, California|
|The Home Depot Center||Carson, California|
|KFC Yum! Center||Louisville, Kentucky|
|Keswick Theater||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|L.A. LIVE including STAPLES Center,
Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia
|Los Angeles, California|
|Midland Theater||Kansas City, Missouri|
|The Ogden Theatre||Denver, Colorado|
|Rose Quarter including Rose Garden Arena
and Memorial Coliseum
|Showbox SoDo||Seattle, Washington|
|Sprint Center||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Target Center||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|US Bank Arena||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie||Dallas, Texas|
|XL Center including the XL Exhibition Center||Hartford, Connecticut|
Vice-President of Communications
Director, Global Sustainability
About Basel Action Network (BAN)
BAN was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to stemming the tide of global toxic waste through public awareness campaigns and advocacy of regulatory and market based initiatives that will halt environmentally damaging and socially unjust practices.
About America Recycles Day
America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at AmericaRecyclesDay.org.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of over 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community's environment. To learn more, visit kab.org.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world's preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention \"headquarters\" destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that \"officially\" opened in 2010. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (NHL), MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Zazzle Bay to Breakers foot race. AEG Live, the company's live-entertainment division, is the world's second largest concert promotion and touring company and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other strategic partnerships and AEG Merchandising, a multi-faceted merchandising company are also core business units of AEG. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of the industry's first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced axs Ticketing, the first phase of its new entertainment platform serving as the company's primary consumer brand which will also feature a mobile service as well as a video content service now in development. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com