Posts Tagged ‘LEED’

Earth Day More Relevant Than Ever – As Is Sustainable Sponsorship

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

IMG_0974Yesterday, I spent the day at the SF Giants game, as BSS was again responsible for coordinating a Community Outreach day on behalf of our client PG&E. It was a beautiful, warm day in San Francisco that made it easy to note how dramatically our climate has changed over the past few decades. On Earth Day, it’s important to note how much there is to do to generate awareness and remind consumers to give their business to companies that support the environment and commit to sustainability.

Given the “green fatigue” that has developed in some quarters of the marketplace, we must remember that the sustainability movement is still advancing, with eco-friendly initiatives now commonplace and almost routine. One only needs to follow news coming from industry newsletters like SmartBrief on Sustainability, CSRwire, or Joel Makower’s blog GreenBiz to see daily reports of actions being taken by corporations to address environmental and bottom line interests through green policies.

While walking through the ballpark on a Green Ballpark Tour, I was struck by how much the Giants and their partners – most notably PG&E – do to achieve lofty sustainability goals. The Giants have won MLB’s Green Glove Award as the greenest franchise five years running now – going back to when PG&E first partnered with them to place solar on the ballpark and to obtain LEED Silver status, which they received in 2010. Hearing head groundskeeper Greg Elliot talk about the creative ways they conserve water and use organic products and natural landscaping techniques for a more conscious approach to field maintenance, one is struck by how well the greening of sports is progressing.

Still, I realized how the green messaging we heard on the tour must sound like background noise to many people, and wonder how much it really feels relevant to the average person. It seems to me that sustainability messaging is more important than ever, and that those of us in the communications space must continue to find new ways to connect with people directly in a language that will reach them.  Using sports, entertainment and other sponsorship-friendly platforms to communicate relevant sustainability messaging remains an extremely viable and powerful tool for corporations and NGOs to reach diverse audiences with both their own messaging and consumer calls-to-action. We have to keep being more creative and effective, and not give up our efforts to grab the audience’s attention.

As our work at BSS has evolved the past couple of years, we have spent a great deal of time on civic projects with inherent green strands. While not leading with sustainability messages, these projects and the organizations driving them have shown how sustainability can be a natural feature of any major event, community project or new building. We’ll review some of these projects in the days ahead and suggest ways that new properties can be thinking of sustainability through strategic partnerships of many varieties, including sponsorship.

Sustainable sponsorship is in our future to stay. Let us know how we can help your organization engage in this vital and challenging practice – just one of many ways BSS can help organizations enhance their bottom line and community connection through sponsorship and strategic partnership.


PG&E Teams Up Once More with the Giants

Friday, April 27th, 2012

For the sixth straight year, PG&E is teaming up with the San Francisco Giants to support ballpark greening and to promote the community partnerships supported by each organization. This year’s sponsorship focus is on a series of community actions that will be activated at the ballpark. PG&E’s community and education program partners will be invited to take part in special behind the scenes “green” ballpark tours and on-field ceremonies at a number of games throughout the season. Guests will be hosted by PG&E with game tickets in a special section, where they will watch the game after having seen the inner workings of the greenest ballpark in the country.

The Giants won their third straight Green Glove Award in 2011, an honor given to the MLB team that operates most sustainably. With a LEED Silver-certified ballpark, an aggressive waste diversion program, green garlic fries stands (powered by PG&E), and the distinction of having been the first solar ballpark (thanks to PG&E), the Giants walk the walk when it comes to sustainability.

PG&E will also work with the Giants to tell community stories via various media channels and in-stadium, including features on PG&E’s Solar Schools program, New Energy Academies and new scholarship initiatives. On July 15th, PG&E will host a large contingent of education and sustainability partners at the Madison Bumgarner bobblehead day game. In a special on-field ceremony before the game, one dedicated California teacher will receive the third annual PG&E Solar Schools Teacher of the Year award. The winner of the award will throw out a first pitch along with one of the company’s most active employee community volunteers.

We salute PG&E for its ground-breaking green ballpark work and recognize the company for its foresight in helping the Giants be the first baseball team to use solar to power their stadium. Go Giants!



The Giants Promote PG&E Solar Schools

Friday, May 13th, 2011

First of seven school visits takes place on May 7th

The World Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up with PG&E to host several groups of students from PG&E Solar School classes throughout the 2011 season. On Saturday, May 7, a group from Discovery Charter School in San Jose were treated to a behind-the-scenes gre
en ballpark tour, with highlights addressed by Giants staff, telling the story of the country’s first LEED certified existing ballpark.

The group was then able to participate in an on-field ceremony with post-season star Cody Ross just before the Giants and Rockies played a game eventually won by the Giants in thrilling fashion. The Giants, as always, did an outstanding job of taking care of a sponsor and its guests. PG&E does so much great work in the community and the Giants provide an ideal platform for telling their story.

PG&E’s Solar Schools Program Takes the Field

Monday, July 26th, 2010

We’ve mentioned before that PG&E’s longstanding partnership with the San Francisco Giants has yielded many positive results over the years, from the installation of solar panels at AT&T Park to two popular Green Garlic Fries concession stands. These and other sustainability developments led to this April’s announcement that AT&T Park had attained LEED Silver Status, the first existing ballpark to achieve such an honor.

The promotional benefits that the PG&E receives as part of the Giants sponsorship have also provided wonderful opportunities to welcome the company’s community partners to join in the excitement of the Giants experience. Last Saturday, PG&E continued that tradition by inviting representatives from Paradise Intermediate School to be honored in a Home Plate Ceremony that opened the Giants vs. Mets game at AT&T Park. It was Tim Lincecum Bobblehead Day at the ballpark and the stands were packed with eager fans excited about their new PG&E-branded bobbleheads.

During the Home Plate Ceremony, PG&E president Chris Johns presented Paradise Intermediate School teacher Greg Holman with the 2010 PG&E Solar Schools Inspirational Educator Award for his creative and dynamic approach to teaching the principles of renewable energy. They were accompanied by nine of Holman’s former students as well as Giants pitcher Barry Zito. Johns and Holman were each invited to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

With the support of PG&E’s Solar Schools program, Holman has helped to create a model solar curriculum at Paradise Intermediate School. In 2006, a 1.06 kilowatt photovoltaic system was installed through a PG&E Solar Schools grant which now helps to power the school’s library and computer lab. In 2007, the school was awarded a PG&E Bright Ideas grant, which was used to purchase solar ovens. Paradise Intermediate School students have become so inspired by a sense of environmental and social responsibility that they are now raising money to purchase solar ovens for schools in Africa.

This event at the ballpark illustrates the best kind of sponsorship, that which brings corporate, cultural and educational institutions together in order to do good works and share a positive message with the community. The game proved to be a memorable experience for all involved—the students and teachers from Paradise Intermediate received a thrilling on-field experience for all of their energy-saving efforts; PG&E leadership enjoyed a positive public appearance with excellent hospitality and branding; and the Giants beat the Mets for the third straight day, 8-4. All in all, it was a perfect day at AT&T Park.

SF Giants Attain LEED Silver Certification

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Earth Day turned 40 last week, and celebrations abounded throughout the world with thousands of events in over 180 countries. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has presented an opportunity for individuals, organizations, governments and corporations to take a good hard look at what we are each doing to help resolve the global environmental challenges that confront us.

Our client PG&E has taken a strong interest in participating in partnerships that highlight the importance of environmental action. One such partnership is with the San Francisco Giants, a fully integrated major sponsorship managed by our company for PG&E. In the past few years, PG&E has helped the Giants to install the first solar panels in Major League Baseball. PG&E has also helped the Giants to install energy efficient lighting at the ballpark, and has supported the opening of two energy efficient Green Garlic Fries concession stands. 

To coincide with Earth Day celebrations, the Giants announced last week that AT&T Park has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Silver Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). AT&T Park is the first Major League ballpark to receive this honor for an existing building.

This achievement speaks to the Giants’ commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and fighting climate change. In addition, it underlines the importance of PG&E’s creative sustainable partnership with the team.  By supporting its partner in going solar and reducing its energy use, PG&E helps the Giants to not only reduce the carbon footprint of AT&T Park, but also helps to make an impact on each and every Giants fan that passes through the ballpark and notices the energy innovations.

 When corporations and cultural institutions demonstrate their commitment to confronting the environmental challenges we all face, everyone benefits. We applaud the Giants for stepping up to that responsibility with the help of PG&E, and congratulate them for achieving the significant honor of LEED Silver Certification for AT&T Park.