PHILIPS ARENA RECEIVES GREENLINK AMBASSADOR AWARD

LEED-EB Certified Venue Receives Award For Environmental Stewardship

Sep 1, 2009

ATLANTA, GA –  Atlanta’s Philips Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, will be awarded the ‘GreenLink Ambassador Award’ by SouthEast LINK Wednesday, September 2nd during a luncheon at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom at 12 p.m. The annual award is given to the venue for taking a leadership position in sustainability and defining the role that businesses should play in environmental stewardship.

“As the first professional sports and concert facility in the world to receive LEED-EB certification, Philips Arena is the model for other sports and entertainment venues to follow in their greening efforts,” said Phillip Consolino, President of SouthEast LINK. “As Green Cleaning specialists, we admire the work that their staff has done, and continues to do, to reduce the building’s impact on the local environment.”

“We thank SouthEast LINK for their recognition of the work that we’ve done to conserve water and energy, recycle waste and improve our indoor air quality,” said Philips Arena President, Bob Williams. “We look forward to partnering with them to continue to enhance our green performance for our fans and the residents of metro Atlanta.”

On April 2, 2009, Philips Arena achieved LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) certification as specified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED stands for ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents Philips Arena meeting green building operating standards and performance measures. To learn more about how Philips Arena became LEED Certified, please click here.

About SouthEast LINK:
An Atlanta-based distributor of commercial janitorial products and equipment, SouthEast LINK has pioneered a “green cleaning” movement in Georgia. In addition to making eco-friendly products and equipment available to its broad customer base, SouthEast LINK has fostered sustainable building maintenance options through extensive education and training. Furthering their corporate initiative, SouthEast LINK, an active member of the US Green Building Council, hosted GreenLink, a trade show in 2007, to encourage like-minded decision makers to meet and exchange ideas on green cleaning. The company is also a primary sponsor of Green Business Works EXPO 2008 and 2009.

About Philips Arena:
Named for founding partner Philips, Philips Arena is consistently ranked among the top 10 concert and event arenas in the world. The operating rights to Philips Arena are owned by Atlanta Spirit LLC which also owns the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers. Philips Arena was recently named the No.1 concert and events venue in the United States for the first half of 2009, based on attendance figures by leading industry publication Pollstar magazine. For more information on Philips Arena log onto www.philipsarena.com.

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