Posted On Friday, 06.26.2015 / 12:00 PM

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NHL Green legacy tree project set for 2015 draft

NEW YORK -- As part of the League's commitment to preserve and support the local environments of host cities for NHL events, NHL Green announced today a legacy tree project at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla.

In cooperation with the Florida Panthers Foundation, the NHL is donating 30 trees to represent each Club's commitment to sustainability. NHL Green first launched the initiative at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh and continued the project in New Jersey (2013) and Philadelphia (2014).

This year's project will plant mature hardwoods and sabal palms, reminiscent of those featured on the Florida Panthers jersey shoulder patch. The State of Florida designated the sabal palm as the official state tree in 1953. The species is remarkably resistant to salt, cold, high winds and drought and requires little maintenance.

"The Florida Panthers are pleased to join NHL Green and the City of Sunrise in our efforts to promote a greener community at Welleby Park," said Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. "We appreciate the NHL's commitment to help beautify Welleby Park for the residents of Sunrise."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 4:20 PM

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NHL Receives EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the National Hockey League as the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge Sports & Entertainment Venues corporate award winner.

In a letter from Cheryl Coleman, Director of EPA’s Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, the League was commended for its leadership in wasted food prevention and diversion.

“The NHL is serving as a true leader in sustainable food management,” said Coleman. “The League’s actions have created a foundation of innovation and achievement that will guide other organizations as they pursue environmental goals around sustainable food management.” 

The NHL supports the mission to “Feed People -- Not Landfills.” Since 2010, NHL Clubs have participated in the NHL Food Recovery Initiative, which diverts approximately 100 tons of waste (equivalent to 160,000 meals) from going to landfills annually, by collecting prepared but untouched food after the game for donation to local shelters.

The League-wide initiative, launched in partnership with “Rock and Wrap It Up!” and arena concessionaires, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps to combat hunger in North America. The League has been recognized multiple times by the U.S. EPA for its efforts, and Beyond Sport presented the NHL with its 2011 Sport for Environment award in recognition of its commitment to food recovery.

Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 4:28 PM

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NHL fan energy playbook powered by Constellation

Constellation, the NHL's official preferred energy provider, is helping the League improve its energy performance and reduce its environmental impacts. Through this Energy Playbook, Constellation is offering simple tips to help NHL Fans join the League 's sustainability efforts.

In the preparation of the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the NHL discovered that the generation and use of energy to power NHL arenas and offices result in approximately 80% of the NHL 's carbon footprint*. Today, Constellation is conducting energy efficiency analyses and recommending energy management strategies for arenas. Together we are actively promoting energy performance improvements that result in fewer emissions and lower operating costs.

Three fundamental strategies – reducing demand, increasing efficiency and using more benign forms of energy – can also help you, the NHL fan, save money, reduce energy and protect the environment. Below are five easy ways to get started:

1. Green your tech: Big screen, high-definition TVs make watching hockey from home more exciting than ever -- but not everyone is aware of the energy cost associated with their TV and cable box. ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Hockey fans interested in saving money on their energy bills, while protecting the environment should always look for the ENERGY STAR when upgrading their technology.

2. Watch with friends: Get your friends together for games. Research shows watching in groups and turning off unnecessary lights in the house can lower energy use in your region. In 2011, a local utility challenged fans to reduce energy during Canucks games. The highest reduction in the Playoffs came during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final (6% decrease). Playoff history showed that overall electricity demand in B.C. dropped while the games were being televised, showing that even small behavioral changes – whether intentional or accidental -- add up to make a difference. So get together and save energy while you catch all the on-ice action.

3. Light the lamp: In recent years NHL arenas have made the shift away from old, inefficient lighting, which has produced significant returns on investment and lessened environmental impact. Many have implemented occupancy and daylight sensor controls, as well as timer and scheduling programs in their lighting- control systems. A select few have even installed new LED game-lighting systems that illuminate the ice surface and significantly cut energy use. NHL Fans can take the same approach at home: Replace your most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with CFLs or LED that have earned the ENERGY STAR. CFLs, for instance, are 80% more efficient than conventional bulbs, last up to 10 years and replacing just six bulbs can save you an average of $36 per year in electricity costs.

4. Set your best line-up: NHL arenas work tirelessly to improve the quality of the ice surface while efficiently managing energy use. Great attention is paid to creating optimal air conditions, particularly temperature and humidity. In a typical home, heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use, making it the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Use your thermostat to schedule heating and cooling, to reduce energy while you sleep or are out of the house. Smart thermostats automatically program based on your habits, and can be controlled from your phone. Setting the correct conditions in your home can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.

5. Switch to green energy: The NHL currently ranks No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction. In partnership with Constellation, the NHL switched to green power for all arenas and offices (approximately 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power). NHL fans can make the switch too. Support renewable energy and help reduce air pollution. Click here to find out how.

To learn more about how to make your home energy efficient, check out Constellation's virtual house and the Natural Resources Defense Council's green tips for sports fans.

*see nhl.com/green/report to find out more

Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:01 AM

By Gina McCarthy -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Conserving Water in a Changing Climate – for our Health and for Hockey

Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In January 2010, the NHL chose my hometown of Boston to host the Winter Classic.  It was a great day all around—not only did my Bruins win that game with a thrilling OT victory, but the NHL also chose my backyard, Fenway Park, to launch their NHL Green Initiative.  Since then, the NHL has been putting points on the board by greening operations and committing to protecting our environment.

Since 2011, the NHL has restored more than 30 million gallons of water to streams and rivers and has improved water efficiency for indoor and outdoor rinks. This season, NHL’s Gallons for Goals program replenished more than 6.5 million gallons of water to rivers.  Whether it’s turning on our faucets to take a drink, or skating on frozen ponds and outdoor rinks—water is a precious, finite resource that’s vital not only for our health, but also for recreation.  

But today, we’re facing new threats to our water resources, including resource risks from a changing climate.  So we need to be more vigilant than ever in water conservation, and EPA is leading the charge.  

EPA’s Clean Water Rule aims to protect streams and wetlands vulnerable to pollution.  These water resources provide habitats for the wildlife and recreation we enjoy; and most importantly, they provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans across the country.  

Being vigilant in protecting water resources means we must be mindful of climate impacts.  For example, in Southeast Florida where the 2015 NHL Draft will take place, sea levels are predicted to rise nearly two feet in our children’s lifetimes. Rising seas are already pushing contaminated salt water into the region’s drinking water.  

And any Bruins fan knows that this winter, Boston was pummeled by over 100 inches of snow, the snowiest season in Boston's history.  It was a costly, frustrating, and dangerous situation for so many Bostonians.   If that’s not a climate change signal-flare, I don’t know what is.  When climate change amplifies risks from extreme weather, we all pay the penalty.  A few months ago, I got to hang out with pro skiers and snowboarders at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, where climate impacts hit home.  Shorter, warmer winters mean a shorter season to enjoy the winter sports we love, and an economic burden for communities that depend on winter sports and recreation.

Those are just a few examples of how climate change impacts our everyday lives.  The good news is, together, we can do something about it—that’s why EPA’s is proud to partner with the NHL.

I think Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Mike Richter put it best when he said, “It is imperative that we take the time to understand these issues and make the effort to become strong environmental stewards. The future of our sport, and your local pond hockey game, depends on all of us.”

When we conserve water, fight climate change, and build a sustainable future—we’re not just protecting our families; we’re also boosting economic growth.  When cities invest in updating old water systems to include ‘green’ infrastructure, our water is cleaner, our communities are more resilient to climate impacts, and people and businesses save energy and money—it’s a win-win-win.

For more information on Earth Day, visit: www.epa.gov/earthday

Posted On Friday, 03.20.2015 / 5:02 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Every Day is World Water Day at the NHL

On this World Water Day we ask our fans to join us in conserving water.

Water flows as a life source for hockey, starting with the frozen ponds and lakes where players learn the game, to the ice making and resurfacing processes of arenas and local community rinks. Hockey as we know it wouldn’t exist without the freshwater resources where players learn the game. Life as we know it wouldn’t exist without the freshwater that serves as our drinking water, provides habitat for fish and wildlife and is crucial for agriculture and economic development.

Read on to find out how we're addressing our water footprint.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

The Science Behind Outdoor Rinks

Three winters ago, geographers at Wilfrid Laurier University launched a project called RinkWatch with a simple plan: ask people who have a rink to pin its location on a website’s interactive map, and report the skating conditions throughout the winter. So far, reports have come in from over 1,500 rinks from across North America (and a few from Scandinavia, too). The scientists pool this data and use a geospatial and numerical modelling techniques to work out what rinks are telling us about the weather.

Why do this? Because scientists warn that winters are becoming shorter and milder, and that the backyard rink may soon become an endangered species. The team is monitoring the health of outdoor rinks, tracking their numbers and conditions, and learning how changes in the environment are affecting them.

Read on to learn more about RinkWatch and how you can help preserve the great tradition of outdoor hockey.

Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:06 PM

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Nationwide Arena, GCCC Designated 'Greenspots'

Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets and host to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), host to the 2015 NHL Fan Fair, are committed to sustainability. The two venues are now designated GreenSpots within the City of Columbus.

“We congratulate the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena, for joining our efforts towards making Columbus a green community that is beautiful, healthy and prosperous. Welcome to the GreenSpot family,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

The City of Columbus launched the GreenSpot program as a way to recognize area residents, businesses and community groups who are working to use resources in a responsible manner that will conserve and protect them for future generations.

Designated as GreenSpot locations, Nationwide Arena and the GCCC pledged more than 35 sustainable actions including:

• Conserving and protecting water by keeping loading areas and dumpsters clear of litter, by watering only when necessary and by installing water efficient fixtures;

• Conserve energy by performing an energy audit, converting to energy efficient lighting, turning off equipment when not in use and performing regular maintenance on HVAC systems;

• Reducing waste by establishing a recycling program, performing a waste audit, tracking their waste and purchasing supplies in bulk;

• Informing and engaging their employees and customers about opportunities for green efforts and actions; and

• Greening transportation by installing bike racks, encouraging employees to walk or bike to meetings, encouraging teleconferences and providing special parking for lower emission vehicles.

GreenSpot is a fun way to learn about sustainable actions, product discounts, and events. Touting more than 10,000 homes, business and nonprofit members, GreenSpot provides a way for making green commitments. Created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2008, the program continues to grow with a GreenSpot Kids, GreenSpot Backyard Conservation, GreenSpot Business Initiative, and GreenSpot Neighborhood programs. Learn more at www.ColumbusGreenSpot.org.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 1:10 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Nationals Park the sustainable site of 2015 Classic

On January 1, the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals take the game outdoors, on a rink constructed above the infield at Nationals Park. The ballpark plays host to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA).

The NHL is committed to preserving the tradition of outdoor hockey. Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather.

The Winter Classic is a celebration of hockey’s roots. The site selected for the 2015 Winter Classic, has been recognized as a leader in sustainable design.

Read on to discover the greener side of D.C.'s Nationals Park.

Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 4:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Devils Revitalize Park Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Devils and PwC US have teamed up with the New Jersey Tree Foundation and Essex County to plant new trees as part of their “Pucks for Parks” initiative.

Through “Puck for Parks,” the Devils and PwC are working together to enrich New Jersey communities by helping sustain the environment and provide green space for generations. The multi-year program was created in 2013, with a commitment by the Devils and PwC, including the help of Devils staff, PwC partners and staff, and community volunteers, to plant at least two mature trees in a New Jersey park or green space for every Devils win during the 2013-14 regular season. Depending on the environmental needs of each location, additional trees and vegetation of various sizes will also be rooted, including along coastal and river areas to help prevent erosion.


Posted On Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 9:40 AM

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Sabres Green Team hosts Great American Clean-up

Sabres Fans -- now is your chance to help make your community a better and brighter area to live in!

On May 3, join the efforts of the Buffalo Sabres Green Team and others as they clean up the South Buffalo BOA community. The meeting place is 266 Hopkins Street. Check-in is at 9 am with clean-up continuing 9:30-11:30 am. Lunch will be provided at the completion of the event. Modern Disposal and Buffalo Recycling and WNY Maritime Charter School will also be coordinating this effort.

Join the Sabres Green Team here!


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