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Thursday
Jun232011

A New Chapter in the Legacy of Sports in Seattle Begins

SEATTLE - After 35 years of thrilling victories and history-making moments, the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and CenturyLink are proud to enter a new era of professional sports; Qwest Field is becoming CenturyLink Field. The partnership exemplifies the company's commitment to Seattle since acquiring Qwest on April 1.

"CenturyLink is thrilled to continue this legacy with the announcement of CenturyLink Field," said Brian Stading, CenturyLink NW Region President. "For us, this is more than our name on the stadium. It's about building on a partnership that began between Qwest, the teams that have played on the field and the fans who have supported them for decades. We look forward to raising our voices with the fans who have redefined the term homefield advantage."

From donating funds to Page Ahead for every '08 Matt Hasselbeck playoff touchdown pass, to serving as presenting sponsor of the Spirit of 12 Partners Program to the CenturyLink Leadership Challenge, CenturyLink will continue to focus on charitable and volunteer efforts in the Seattle area. Those efforts will focus on education and youth programs; technology-focused initiatives; and locally-driven efforts that strengthen communities and make them better places to live.

"CenturyLink's long-term commitment to their customers and our fans is clearly demonstrated today," said Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal, Inc. president Peter McLoughlin. "Now CenturyLink Field becomes synonymous with the 12th Man and Sounders FC supporters."
The first professional game and sporting event at the old Kingdome was the Sounders vs. Cosmos  game on April 25, 1976. The Kingdome was imploded in March of 2000, resulting in a new stadium being built. In 2004, Qwest and the Seahawks announced Qwest Field as their new home field. In 2009, Qwest Field became home base for the Seattle Sounders FC MLS team. CenturyLink is proud to build on the tradition of the past 35 years and to play a part in creating future memories for sports fans, families and friends, through the announcement of the new sponsorship.

The company's NW Region Headquarters is based in Seattle.

Thursday
Jun092011

EV charging stations installed at CenturyLink

SAN FRANCISCO and SEATTLE – June 9, 2011 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, today celebrated the installation of the company’s Blink® Pedestal charging stations at CenturyLink Field Stadium, in Seattle.

oliticians, local stakeholders, EV drivers and ECOtality executives will gather outside the stadium to commemorate publicly available charging stations in the Puget Sound region as of The EV Project. CenturyLink Field will host four Blink Pedestal charging stations in the North Lot and 2 Wall Mount chargers in the Event Center garage.

“Charging stations like the one at CenturyLink Field represent our first step toward a greener, cleaner transportation future. In the not too distant future, Federal investments in public- private projects like this will return immense rewards and really revolutionize the cars
we drive and what fuels them. It’s appropriate that some of the first charging stations in the nation are here in Seattle - we’re a city of innovation and have a track record of embracing the future”, US Congressman Jim McDermott.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn fully supports the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in Seattle and said, “Electrification of our transportation is a very promising opportunity for reducing the carbon impact of our city. It makes economic sense and is good for the environment.”

ECOtality began installations of its Blink Level 2 Residential Charging Stations in EV Project regions nationwide in December 2010, and since then has completed more than 1,200 installations. The company recently began installation of Blink Pedestal chargers in commercial and publically accessible locations over the past few weeks, and held celebration events earlier this week in Arizona and Oregon. As part of The EV Project, ECOtality aims to have all public and commercial charging stations installed, including approximately 1,000 units in Washington State, by the end of the year.

“ECOtality is well underway with our rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure, and we are committed to building the public and commercial charging infrastructure that extends the range of EVs beyond the garage,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. “EV drivers throughout the Seattle metro area and the state of Washington can expect to see more Blink charging stations at convenient locations in the coming months. Together with our EV Project partners we are creating the infrastructure needed to make the Puget Sound region a genesis for EV adoption. Now, Seahawks and Sounders fans can plug in their EVs as they’re watching the games.”

“The downtown location and accessibility of CenturyLink Field make it an ideal venue to install the electric vehicle charging stations,” said Peter McLoughlin, president of the Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal, Inc. “We are thrilled to participate in this important study to evaluate the long-term deployment and viability of clean energy transportation.”

Locations for the commercial charging stations were selected using ECOtality’s Micro-ClimateTM planning process, which took into account a variety of factors including traffic patterns and the locations of employment centers, regional attractions and retail hubs, as well as the input from more than 10 regional partners.

“Seattle City Light supports the use of electric vehicles as an opportunity to significantly reduce the impact of transportation on our environment and climate,” said Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light Superintendent. “The infrastructure we are putting in place today will pave the way for providing the power to drive that cleaner transportation future.”

McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services, installed the Blink charging stations. The company also designed and installed CenturyLink Field’s solar system, low-flow water fixtures and high-efficiency lighting systems.

“With McKinstry’s installation of the EV charging stations, in combination with recent energy efficient upgrades and a solar array for renewable energy, we continue to move CenturyLink Field down the path to be one of the smartest stadiums in the America,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “Our work at CenturyLink Field illustrates McKinstry’s commitment to a holistic approach to our community’s sustainable future.”

ECOtality is currently in discussions with public and private property owners for installations of public charging stations in the Puget Sound region, and has announced pilot programs with national retailers including Sears, Fred Meyer, Macy’s, BP/Arco, Cracker Barrel and Best Buy for The EV Project.

The Blink Pedestal is a level 2 charging station that provides intelligent, user-friendly features that intuitively and safely charge EVs. They include an interactive color touch screen and web-based media delivery via the Blink Network. Anyone will be able to charge at Blink charging stations utilizing a Blink InCard or by becoming Blink members. To obtain a Blink InCard, visit the Blink Network website at blinknetwork.com, or contact the Blink Customer Support Center at 888.998.BLINK (2546).

Tuesday
May172011

Solar Panels to Help Power Qwest Field Event Center

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today they will install the largest solar energy array to date in the state of Washington on the roof of Qwest Field Event Center.

The project will consist of 3,750 individual solar panels manufactured in the United States by California based Solyndra. Using the latest thin-film technology, the panels will capture both direct and reflected sunlight across a unique 360 degree cylinder-type surface. The panels take advantage of the facility's new white "cool roof" which conserves energy by reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the roof surface and lowering the need for building cooling. The system will cover over 2.5 acres, or approximately 80% of the Event Center roof.

The panels are projected to generate over 830,000 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of powering 95 Seattle area homes for a year. The system is expected to be fully operational in late summer 2011.

The Event Center solar array is the latest in a series of "green" investments in professional sports venues made by Seattle Seahawks chairman Paul G. Allen. Earlier this year the Portland Trail Blazers, also owned by Allen, were the first major sports team to earn LEED Gold status for an existing major league sports arena.

The team has hired Seattle-based McKinstry, a full service design-build firm specializing in energy solutions, to install the solar array in addition to developing a comprehensive resource conservation project for Qwest Field and Event Center. McKinstry has identified modifications to reduce energy and water usage throughout the complex, including high-efficiency lighting and mechanical system upgrades as well as installation of ultra-low flow water fixtures.

"We are committed to being good environmental stewards of this world-class facility and we hope these projects will serve as a catalyst to further support clean technology and resource conservation growth within Washington State and the Pacific Northwest," said Peter McLoughlin, president of the Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI.

The combined projects will result in a 21% reduction in annual utility costs as well as a reduction in carbon emissions of 1,346 metric tons per year. By comparison, this is the equivalent of removing 260 cars from Seattle roadways or planting 278 football fields with evergreen trees. The significant investment in energy and water reduction measures was made possible through conservation rebates provided by Seattle's two main utilities, Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities. Through partnerships made with the electrical union, these projects will also provide clean technology job training opportunities for local trades' people.

The team and McKinstry are developing an ongoing public outreach component which will include educational programming around sustainability and resource conservation.

"McKinstry is excited to partner with the Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI," said McKinstry CEO Dean Allen. "We hope to use this great project to further inspire, educate and inform the public about how they can participate in fostering environmental stewardship within our communities."

Since the opening of Qwest Field and Event Center, the Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI have encouraged fan involvement in their sustainability goals through recycling and composting programs. Now, fans will be able to track the current and total energy produced via the new solar array as well as track the facilities progress against their energy reduction goals through on-site educational kiosks.

About First & Goal Inc.
First & Goal Inc. (FGI) was formed by Paul G. Allen in 1997 after voters in Washington State approved the proposal to build a new Football/Soccer Stadium and Exhibition Center. FGI was the private partner in the development along with the public partner, the Public Stadium Authority. FGI now serves as the operator of facility.

About McKinstry
McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. Our innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste, cost, time, and redundancy out of the design/build process. We employ over 1,600 professional staff and trades people throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, West, Midwest, and Southwest regions of the United States with operations in more than 15 states. McKinstry advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and ultimately optimize profitability for "The Life of Your Building." For more information, visit www.mckinstry.com.

About Solyndra
Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounts, for the commercial rooftop market. Using proprietary cylindrical modules and thin film technology, Solyndra's light weight, non-penetrating systems are designed to provide simple and easy installations and the lowest cost of electricity for typical low slope commercial rooftops.

Tuesday
Jan042011

Seahawks Partner withSeattle Parks and Recreation to Open Fitness Center

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Parks and Recreation opened a fitness center at the Garfield Teen Life Center today. The new "Seahawks PLAY 60 Youth Fitness Zone" will provide access to quality fitness equipment and programs to local youth in order to help them obtain 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

"We are excited to partner with two organizations that are committed to providing the resources and expertise to help our youth achieve their goals both on and off the playing field," said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin.

A key component to the partnership is a contract with the Austin Foundation to provide dedicated fitness trainers to support the program and monitor the participant's progress through the existing Garfield Teen Life Centers health and fitness programs. With the support of this donation, Seattle Park's Teen Express Fitness Program will now operate in the center.

The Seattle Park's Teen Express Fitness programs focus on exercise routines that engage teens and encourage them to make safe and healthy decisions. These programs also stress family participation by hosting monthly demonstrations on fitness and nutrition. Area youths will be able to register each quarter for a three month fitness program free of charge.

The Austin Foundation provides coaching to youth in cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength training and nutrition. This model allows each student to undergo a positive physical transformation that can carry over into other areas of his or her life. By focusing on individual fitness, each participant develops a sustainable set of skills and motivation to make healthy choices.

"Teaching youth the value of health and fitness is a core goal of our Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative," said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. "We need solid allies in the private sector to help us achieve that objective. We have found that in the Seattle Seahawks football team."

The Garfield Teen Life Center, in Seattle's Central Area, is well-known for its unique and diverse programs for youth 14 to 17 years old. The facilities include a music studio, technology lab, basketball gym, full kitchen, multi-purpose room - and now a fully outfitted fitness center. The center hosts the Teen Late Night program, which provides a safe place for teens to hang out between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Activities include flag football, basketball, dodgeball, movies, cooking classes, martial arts, dancing, the lyricist lounge, and lots of games.

About Seahawks PLAY 60

PLAY 60, part of the NFL Movement for an Active and Healthy Generation, is a national youth and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of today's youth by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The Seattle Seahawks are dedicated to helping kids be active and healthy by giving them the necessary tools, access and encouragement to PLAY 60 minutes every day. Since the campaign launch in October 2001, the NFL has dedicated over $200 million to youth health and wellness through NFL PLAY 60.

About Healthy Parks/Healthy You

A city-wide initiative designed to promote physical activity and wellness programs that serve a diverse community. Seattle Parks and Recreation is dedicated to help all community members find opportunities to achieve a minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise with trails, playgrounds, gyms, pools, fitness classes, athletic fields, beaches and more. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/healthyparks/

About Garfield Teen Life Center

The Garfield Teen Life Center (GTLC), co-located with Garfield Community Center and Playfield and Medgar Evers Pool, is minutes from downtown Seattle and Qwest Field. Situated on the historic Garfield High School Campus, the Garfield Teen Life Center is an afterschool recreation center dedicated to serving the community's middle and high school students. The GTLC hosts more than 20,280 visits annually and averages a daily attendance of more than 60 teens per day. The center offers a variety of free and low cost programs for youth. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/teens/placeslist.htm

About Austin Foundation

The Austin Foundation's mission is to transform lives by providing accessible interactive opportunities for young people to experience the benefits of leading a healthy and fit lifestyle. Our focus is to provide health fitness activities and nutritional information to youth and families in underserved neighborhoods. http://www.youthandfitness.org/

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