LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park partner with Volta to provide free electric vehicle charging

In conjunction with the Protect the Pitch program, which continues to lead the industry in stadium sustainability and clean energy efforts, Dignity Health Sports Park has installed 12 new Volta electric vehicle charging stations that will be available to guests free of charge at all events.

“We are extremely excited to install Volta electric vehicle charging stations at Dignity Health Sports Park,” said General Manager Katie Pandolfo. “We continue to prioritize creating the most sustainable stadium and aligning with Volta is an opportunity that will impact those efforts greatly.”

Volta designs electric vehicle charging networks for forward-thinking businesses seeking to provide seamless, simple and free charging. The company leverages machine learning, and artificial intelligence to predict the number of stations and charging speeds needed to match customer visit times. Volta designed Dignity Health Sports Park’s charging network as a foundation for further expansion to match the park’s rising electric vehicle demands. Projecting out based on the average Volta station impact in Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sport Park’s 12 stations will offset an estimated 250,000 pounds of CO2annually.

“We are proud to partner with Dignity Health Sports Park as their provider of electric vehicle charging services. They are leading their industry in sustainability,” said Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO, Volta. “Adding Volta charging to their property will expand their lead by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in their community. We look forward to scaling their charging network as their volume of electric vehicles continue to grow.”

The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park have launched numerous sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint and become more sustainable through the Protect the Pitch initiative. Dignity Health Sports Park’s partnership with Volta is a perfect complement to the club’s Protect the Pitch sustainability initiative.

This year, the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park were nominated for The StadiumBusiness Awards 2019 for the Sustainability & Community Award for their efforts behind Protect the Pitch.

All Dignity Health Sports Park/LA Galaxy Protect the Pitch Initiatives

In-House Resources

  • Inside the Galaxy Garden, Dignity Health Sports Park houses chickens in a dedicated chicken coop on site to produce eggs that are used on site for staff and players.
  • A greenhouse and garden at Dignity Health Sports Park produces numerous types of vegetables that provide food for tenants of Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park is home to four separate beehives that produce over 800 pounds of honey per year.

Energy

  • Motion sensors throughout the facilities save energy by ensuring lights stay off when no one is using them.
  • New and upgraded LED lights less 60 percent less energy than the lighting array it replaced.
    • Dignity Health Sports Park is the only soccer-specific MLS stadium to utilize LED stadium lights.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park uses 1-megawatt of Tesla batteries, allowing the venue to manage energy usage in a more responsible and environmentally friendly way.

Water

  • The LA Galaxy use recycled water to irrigate fields at Dignity Health Sports Park, reducing potable water use by 33%.
  • Dignity Health Sports Park uses waterless urinals, low-flow toilets, and faucet aerators to reduce water use in our restrooms.
  • LA Galaxy train employees to help minimize water use when cleaning up the stadium.

Waste and Recycling

  • LA Galaxy partner with Copia™ to utilize unused and excess food on game days at Dignity Health Sports Park to be donated to those in need in the Los Angeles community.
  • LA Galaxy capture bottles, cans, cups, cardboard, paper, and more through our recycling program
  • Dignity Health Sports Park became the first soccer-specific stadium in the country to offer paper straws upon request to minimize plastic straw pollution.
  • Our composting program sends grass clippings from our fields to a local nursery and brings them back on-site as mulch.
  • Have irrigated fields and landscaping with recycled water since opening in 2003.

Community

  • The LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition team up to make an impact in the local community by expanding Garden School Foundation’s (GSF) Seed to Table School Program to Annalee Elementary School and Leapwood Ave. Elementary in Carson.
  • The LA Galaxy open their doors at Dignity Health Sports Park to local elementary students by offering tours of the stadium’s on-side garden and chicken coop, in addition to providing other resources throughout the year.
  • LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park employees volunteer to help keep our community healthy through numerous initiatives, including planting trees and cleaning up beaches.
  • The LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park partner with local nonprofits to organize annual events for Earth Hour, Earth Day, California Clean Air Day and America Recycles Day.

Transportation

  • Dignity Health Sports Park features on-site bike racks to make it easier for Galaxy fans to bike to the game.
  • LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park provide the Galaxy Express service to offer fans free non-stop shuttles to and from Dignity Health Sports Park for every LA Galaxy home match.
    • The Galaxy Express can be utilized in two separate locations and operate approximately every 10 minutes.