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Timbers Celebrate Earth Month

April 9, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Portland Timbers News Release


PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers will celebrate Earth Month this April with volunteer events and initiatives to promote environmental awareness. Additionally, the club will host their Green Is Gold Match, presented by Providence, against LAFC on Saturday, April 13 at Providence Park.

The April 13 Green Is Gold match will highlight community partners The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Zoo, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE with in-stadium PA reads and donation QR codes on the video board. The Timbers will also sport the 2024 One Planet Pre-Match Jerseys made from recycled materials to raise awareness about our natural ecosystems. The warmup kit is available for preorder through PTFC Authentics.

The club will be engaging in several volunteer opportunities as part of MLS's Seventh Annual Greener Goals Week of Service from April 9 - 22. On April 16, the Timbers front office will be volunteering at the Kindness Farm, a nonprofit farm in Southeast Portland. Next, they will attend the second annual We Believe in Portland event, a downtown Portland cleanup initiative, on April 19. On Earth Day, April 22, the club will be supporting SOLVE's cleanup project around Providence Park.

The Timbers kicked off Earth Month with their Score A Goal, Plant A Tree (SAGPAT) initiative on April 6, planting over 80 trees in the Beaverton area. In partnership with Daimler Truck North America, Friends of Trees plants a tree in the Portland community for every Timbers goal scored through the SAGPAT program. Since the start of SAGPAT in 2011, the Timbers have planted over 4,000 trees. These trees and shrubs absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 1.9M pounds a year, remove 513,600 pounds of pollutants each year and intercept over 25.4M gallons of storm water runoff to keep our rivers clean. Media assets from the event can be found here.

Providence Park has introduced transportation alternatives for the matchday experience to encourage fans to decrease their carbon footprint. Fans will be able to use their matchday ticket as proof of fare to ride TriMet buses and MAX trains to and from Providence Park to encourage environmentally conscious transportation. TriMet's MAX Blue and Red lines, as well as four bus lines, stop in convenient locations near the stadium, and fans can ride starting three hours before a match through three hours after it ends with their tickets. Users can plan their trip to Providence Park at trimet.org with an interactive map displaying all available lines and routes. Additionally, free bike parking is available at the stadium on matchdays and is located on SW Morrison Street close to the intersection with SW 18th Avenue. The bike parking is guarded throughout the match by stadium personnel.

The Timbers have also partnered with Bold Reuse to provide reusable drinkware for alcoholic beverages in three premium spaces at Providence Park - The Club, Lexus Lounge, and Tanner Ridge. The collaboration is a pilot program which aims to reduce single-use waste and promote a more sustainable matchday experience. The partnership with Bold Reuse has saved 4,161 cups at Providence Park from entering the landfill to date.

Through season-long programming and activations with Stand Together, the club's environment-focused Green is Gold campaign aims to raise awareness and educate on the topics of nature conservation and biodiversity loss in our community and across our state, as well as actively work to improve our environmental footprint at Providence Park.


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