Focus on Youth Engagement with the Environment
Friends of Trees
The Timbers planted over 2,000 trees with Stand Together Community Partner Friends of Trees. A single mature tree absorbs carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and releases enough oxygen to support two people. These 2,000 trees will absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 96,000 lbs./year and release enough oxygen to support 4,000 people. A city tree removes about 180 lbs. of pollutants from the air each year. These 2,000 trees will remove 360,000 lbs. of pollutants a year. An average, medium-sized tree in the Pacific Northwest intercepts 2,380 gallons of rainwater/year, diverting polluted water from our rivers. These 2,000 trees will intercept 4,760,000 gallons of rainwater/year to keep our rivers clean. Learn more about Friends of Trees.
MLSWORKS Greener Goals
MLS WORKS’ Greener Goals aims to support the environment by undertaking community initiatives in partnership with our clubs and educating the soccer community about the importance of environmental sustainability. In 2013, the Timbers teamed up with MLSWORKS and Continental Tire to do a environmental makeover with Hosford Middle School in recognition of Earth Day. In addition to every student receiving a water bottle, the ecofriendly beautification included an addition of a solar panel, Elkay drinking fountain and “green” themed mural.
Green Sports Alliance
The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC are proud partners of the Green Sports Alliance. The Green Sports Alliance is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 190 teams and venues from 16 different leagues. The Portland Timbers were the second MLS team to join the Alliance, and the Portland Thorns FC, the first NWSL team to join. GreenDrop Bin stations are located throughout Providence Park and are used to educate and engage fans to help us achieve our goal of zero waste at the stadium. Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance.
Stand Together is proud to partner with Relan to promote sustainability and recycling efforts. Relan specializes in repurposing old billboard and vinyl banners into unique products. We have worked together to create 45 different bags and totes. Each item will be auctioned off through auction.timbers.com and the proceeds will benefit the Portland Timbers Community Fund.