During the 2018-19 season, the LA Kings set out to make a meaningful difference in the community by supporting eco-focused programs, organizations and events.
This took place as part of LA Kings Green - an umbrella program made to encompass all Kings-sponsored activities - which aims to make the team and arena operations more sustainable, gain support for eco-charities and engage members of the community in environmental activism.
Below are some of the ways in which the Kings activated around sustainability this season:
Enrich LA Garden Builds
As part of the G.O.A.L.S. program, the Kings and Blue Shield of California joined forces to build organic gardens at schools across Los Angeles.
To date, two gardens have been completed at Garvanza Elementary and Queen Anne Place Elementary School with two more planning to be built before June 2019.
Completed under the direction of Enrich LA, a community wellness non-profit organization that builds edible gardens for low-income youth and families in underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles, these gardens were constructed as part of the team's G.O.A.L.S. programming.
Grid Alternatives Solar Panel Install
To kick off Veterans Day, the Kings and AEG Energy Services partnered with GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles' veteran solar installers to install 10 kilowatts of solar panels to four Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles homes.
Over the lifetime of the systems, they are expected to reduce utility costs by over $15,000 and reduce carbon emissions by 157 tons.
GRID Alternatives works across the United States and internationally to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.
This particular project was completed as part of their Solar For Troops program which connects veterans to solar industry jobs by providing workforce training to U.S. military veterans and active service members across the country.
Grades of Green Water and Waste Campaigns
The Grades of Green Waste Campaign touched 700 students representing 13 countries and 78 cities.
These students received customized mentorship and leadership training from their Grades of Green Mentor, a library of waste reduction focused resources, and the opportunity to win Eco-Grants to fund their innovative waste solution.
Through their efforts, these eco-leaders will involve over 100,000 community members in their waste reduction projects through the Waste Campaign.
Additionally, 400 eco-leaders launched water movements in 35 cities and 8 countries. Campaign teams have used their water research findings and the insights they gained from taking personal action to protect water resources to launch a community water solution.
In three years of partnership, the Kings have donated $35,000 in support of Grades of Green. This advocacy foundation is changing the course of the future by instilling environmental values in students today.
LA Kings Green Game
The Kings' annual Green Game at STAPLES Center took place on March 21. During this game, which coincided with World Water Day, the Kings restored 1,000,000 gallons of water with the help of fans in support of the Kern Refuge Flow Restoration project.
Additionally, fans were rewarded for taking public transportation to the game with the help of Metro Los Angeles.
America Recycles Day
For America Recycles Day, Grades of Green led a presentation on how to properly sort waste and taught the importance of reducing single-use plastic. Staff then enjoyed a catered lunch, which was purchased from recycling funds as a result of two years of recycling bottles and cans in the office.
For World Water Day, The Kings worked with Change the Course to restore 1,000,000 gallons of water by purchasing Water Restoration Credits and urging fans to make individual pledges to conserve water.
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