(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) LOS ANGELES, CA – Nov. 15, 2010 – Today, AEG, a leading sports and entertainment company, launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental initiative with the release of the industry’s first comprehensive sustainability report. The groundbreaking report contains metrics, collected from 20 facilities from within AEG’s global network of venues, detailing AEG’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste and water usage at all of its owned and managed facilities worldwide, including STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, The Home Depot Center and Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena, by at least 20 percent by 2020.
“AEG represents a unique intersection of facilities management, live entertainment and sports management and programming,” said Tim Leiweke, AEG CEO. “This undertaking signifies not only our commitment to understanding and reducing our environmental impact, but our desire to help our industry identify opportunities to merge economic growth with environmental responsibility.”
AEG’s commitment to introducing environmental sustainability standards to the industry has previously been represented at STAPLES Center, Rose Garden and Target Center with groundbreaking investments in solar power, LEED-certified green building design and operations, and responsible water management as important first steps to achieving these goals. With AEG 1EARTH, the company plans to knit these previously stand-alone activities into a coordinated, tracked effort that will ultimately engage participation throughout AEG and its partners.
“Stadiums and arenas are among the most beloved buildings in cities throughout the world. Their visibility makes them a perfect vehicle for educating millions of people about the need to reduce our impact on the planet. AEG’s work to reduce and document the environment impacts of its facilities is an industry-leading model for buildings worldwide,” said Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council.
The goal and target-setting process was developed in partnership with Ecologix by Xanterra and verified by FCI Management Consultants, ensuring that while the goals are far-reaching, they are also achievable. The 2020 goals include these:
· 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 intensity)
· 15 percent of all electricity usage derived from renewable energy sources
· 25 percent of all solid waste diverted from landfill
· 20 percent reduction in water use intensity
AEG will be announcing its 2020 commitments today at its L.A. LIVE “campus” in partnership with America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States, by educating, motivating and inspiring people to recycle. This event will also serve as the official public recycling location in Los Angeles for the collection of light bulbs, batteries and e-waste. The public will also be able to learn about recycling at interactive stations in L.A. LIVE hosted by Coke-Cola, Toyota, ESPN and Waste Management among others.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in theworld. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over120 facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, 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), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), The Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena(Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England); sportsfranchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and two MLS franchises in addition tooverseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers(NBA). AEG has created L.A. LIVE, 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 (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower), the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant and office space and developed The Home Depot Center in Carson, California designated as an "Official U.S.Olympic Training Site" by the United States Olympic Committee thatincludes major facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling and othersports. AEG Sports owns and operates a variety of events and tours and AEG Live is the world’s second largest live entertainment, concert promotion and touring companies. The organization is also developing additional arenas in China and arenas in Stockholm and Las Vegas. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com
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