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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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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