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NBA All-Star Game helps clean up Orlando

Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers is among the all-stars heading to Orlando this weekend.
Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers is among the all-stars heading to Orlando this weekend. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Much like Hollywood making green amends during the week leading up to the Academy Awards, the National Basketball Association is maximizing their time in Orlando, FL, the host city for this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

With the game itself happening this Sunday, it was last weekend that the NBA teamed up with Sprint and city of Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful and Creative Recycling to present the All-Star E-Recycling event. As reported by Earth 911, the NBA set up shop last Saturday at Orlando Festival Park to collect electronic waste, including TVs, computers, mobile devices and more. The big draw was that for every car dropping off e-recyclables was given a free pair of tickets to the four-day NBA All-Star Jam Session, a massive interactive event happening this weekend. It’s where fans can participate in a wide variety of activities and meet NBA stars in town for the big game.

The green feeling must be infectious in the NBA, as franchises like the Chicago Bulls are already looking ahead to Earth Day 2012. While the actual Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, Utility Products reports that as a “prelude” to the actual date, Constellation Energy will sponsor the “green” Bulls home game at the United Center on April 2. What that means is that the company will purchase renewable Energy Certificates to match the game’s electrical use. Not to be left out, NHL franchise the Chicago Blackhawks (who also play at the United Center) will participate in the same Constellation sponsorship on April 1.

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