Focus on Youth Engagement with the Environment
Friends of Trees:
The Timbers planted 2,000 trees through 2012 with Pillar 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.
MLS WORKS Greener Goals Initiative, Presented by Continental Tire
The Timbers teamed up with MLS WORKS and Continential Tire in 2013 as winners of the "How Green are your Goals" contest to do an environmental makeover with Hosford Middle School in SE Portland in recognition of Earth Day, 2013. In addition, we revealed a solar panel structure and provided solar-specific educational resources for students through Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Solar4RSchools Program. The project's goal was to impact every student at Hosford Middle School as well as the surrounding Portland community and included new community gathering spaces (with benches built by Timber Joey!), a new Elkay drinking fountain to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, a reusable water bottle for every student at Hosford and a “green-themed” mural designed by students at Hosford. Learn more about Greener Goals
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. Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance.