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The Trail Blazers have announced their slate of green games for the 2016-17 NBA season.

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The city of Portland is well known as a beacon of environmental sustainability, and the Portland Trail Blazers are a big part of that effort. Yesterday, the Trail Blazers announced their slate of the NBA’s annual Green Games. Five home games this season will have an environmental sustainability focus, starting with this Sunday’s tilt with the Denver Nuggets. In the press release, Trail Blazers Vice President of Social Responsibility Christa Stout issued the following statement:

“The Trail Blazers will engage a committed group of corporate partners around our five priority focus areas – transportation, waste, water, food and energy – with the ultimate goal of reducing our environmental footprint. There will also be five environmental nonprofit organizations that financially benefit from resources raised by the Green Games initiatives.”

The five games, along with their focus area, are as follows: November 13 vs. Denver (Transportation), January 7 vs. Detroit (Waste), February 13 vs. Atlanta (Water), March 23 vs. New York (Food), and April 8 vs. Utah (Energy). Each of these games will have a corresponding nonprofit beneficiary and environmentally themed “Item of the Game” available for sale.

Portland’s Moda Center is one of eight NBA arenas LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, and in 2010 became the first existing sports venue in the world to reach LEED Gold certification. To honor the Green Games, the Moda Center’s LED roof halo lights will be illuminated green on each of the five nights.

For more on the Trail Blazers’ Green Games this season, visit trailblazers.com/greengames.