BUSINESS: Suns Legacy Partners, LLC, And Footprint Formally Dedicate Sustainability Epicenter

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by Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Footprint, a materials science technology company, and Suns Legacy Partners, LLC, operators of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Footprint Center, today officially opened doors on the recently transformed Footprint Center.

Leadership from Footprint, and the Suns and Mercury joined City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and champions of sustainability to formally dedicate Footprint Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of fans at 201 E. Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix. The event was held between a rare NBA/WNBA doubleheader. In their final preseason game, the Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win the Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns. Game 2 of the WNBA Finals will feature the 3-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury versus Chicago Sky.

“Just last night, the Phoenix City Council and I approved an updated, comprehensive Climate Action Plan that accelerates our goal to reach net-zero before 2050,” said Mayor Gallego. “I am proud to have partners such as the Suns and Footprint, who are fully involved in creating a healthy, sustainable Phoenix.”

Footprint cofounder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Yoke Chung and Suns Legacy Partners, LLC CEO Jason Rowley reiterated the commitment to a plastic-free planet, beginning with the new-named arena.

“Today marks the culmination of the past 18 months transforming Footprint Center into a world-class entertainment experience for fans, while planning to reduce our carbon footprint through the design and construction process,” said Rowley. “We are confident that through the support, commitment and hard work of all stakeholders, Footprint Center will serve as the model sports and entertainment venue for sustainable innovation.”

Beginning with the Suns regular season home opener on October 20, fans will start seeing plastic bowls, plates, utensils, and straws replaced with Footprint’s plant-based solutions. This is the first step in a long journey to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics. Everyone involved knows that it will take time and cooperation.

“When we started Footprint in 2014, we had big dreams to apply our materials science expertise to solve the hard problem of getting plastic away from food and transforming the supermarket. Yoke Chung, Footprint CEO and co-founder, said that innovative plant-based fiber solutions can be found in stores and freezers today. “Sports venues offer another opportunity to transform and reduce trash and we’re proud that Footprint Center is part of this initiative.”

Footprint welcomed Larry Fitzgerald, the future NFL Hall of Famer, to its new sustainability ambassador.

“As the father of three children and a lover for travel, I want to make our planet a safer and more sustainable place for the future generations.” Fitzgerald stated that Footprint’s vision to reduce and even eliminate toxins in food is a significant step in the right direction. “I’m going to be taking Footprint Foundation’s Pledge 2050 that I encourage all of you to take as well, committing to what we can do to reduce plastic waste in our lives. Together we can change things – whether it’s at a football game, a basketball game, a concert or at home.”

Since the Footprint Center arena transformation began in 2020, over 8,200 tons of material have been diverted from landfills, 757 tons of plastic and metal have been recycled, touchless faucets and toilets help conserve water, new LED lighting has been added in all finished spaces, and new energy efficient mechanical systems with economizers for more fresh air were added. Prior to the transformation, the arena transitioned to solar through partner APS in 2012, making it one of the first venues to take this step at the time.

About Footprint

Footprint provides sustainable solutions that eliminate single-use and short-term use plastics. Footprint employs material science and process engineering in order to develop, manufacture, and distribute plant-based biodegradable and compostable products that are comparable to plastic’s performance and cost. These solutions, digestible by the earth, keep harmful chemicals away from consumers and have directly already led to a redirection of 61 million pounds of plastic waste from the environment. Footprint is rapidly expanding into new categories with differentiated solutions for customers and has 2,430 U.S and foreign issued and pending patent claims. Conagra and Sweetgreen are among the customers. Beyond Meat and Fry’s are also some of their other international and national food companies.

Footprint was founded in 2014 by former Intel engineers, Troy Swope and Yoke Chung. The company employs more than 2,500 employees, with operations in the U.S., Mexicali, Europe, and Asia. Footprint was named to the 2020 Fortune “Change the World” list, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovators Community and was named a CNBC Disruptor 50 company in 2021.

For more information on Footprint’s sustainable solutions visit www.footprintus.com. To find out more about Footprint Foundation’s Pledge 2050, committing to getting rid of plastic water bottles, utensils, bags and straws, look here: https://pledge2050.org/

About Suns Legacy Partners, LLC

Led by Managing Partner Robert Sarver, Suns Legacy Partners, LLC operates the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Footprint Center. The Suns are Arizona’s original professional sports franchise anchored by 2021 Coach of the Year Monty Williams, 2021 Executive of the Year general manager James Jones and a roster featuring future Hall of Famer Chris Paul and All-Star Devin Booker. The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury are celebrating its 25th season led by Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Footprint Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix, recently underwent a $245 million transformation, making it the preeminent destination for sports and entertainment in the southwest and a living laboratory for sustainability.

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