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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 4:30 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Ducks display their power, both on and off the ice

The red-hot Anaheim Ducks have suffered only one loss at home in the Honda Center during their 2013-14 campaign. The Club has cruised to a 37-10-5 record to date, and will play host tonight to the rival Los Angeles Kings in this season’s second edition of the Freeway Faceoff. The two teams are set to meet again this Saturday (January 25) at Dodger Stadium to launch the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

Consistency has been a major hallmark of the Ducks home success. Now, the Club’s home- the Honda Center- is reflecting the incredible performance of its players by utilizing cleaner, more efficient and more dependable electricity.

In December, the Ducks unveiled the deployment of solid oxide fuel cell technology in partnership with Bloom Energy.

“This is exciting because it is incredible technology, very sophisticated and high-tech—which is why I love it,” said Henry Samueli, owner of the Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Arena Management. “But, ultimately, it is extremely green.”

The 750 kilowatt project now generates 80% of the arena’s base load power and 25% during a Ducks game. The power is generated by multiple fuel sources, including natural gas and renewable fuels such as biogas, and will account for 51% of the total power required annually for the arena.

On average, the arena expects the project to offset 2 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

The Honda Center is the second NHL arena to deploy such technology, following the Sharks’ SAP Center at San Jose.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:08 AM

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Sharks to host electronics recycling event

The San Jose Sharks and SAP Center at San Jose are teaming up with Sims Recycling Solutions, a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, to encourage the community and Sharks hockey fans to recycle their old electronics.

When: This Saturday, January 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: SAP Center at San Jose in the main parking lot (Lot ABC) located at 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, Calif.

Everyone who drops off a recyclable item will be able to watch the team's pre-game morning skate and will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win exclusive autographed Shark's merchandise and memorabilia.

This e-waste collection event will be set up in drive-through and drop-off style. Staff will be on hand to conveniently and quickly collect items from community members' vehicles. For those who plan to recycle a monitor or television, please print and complete the collection log found at the website to ensure faster processing.

Sims Recycling Solutions will accept computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, PDAs, cell phones, telephones, televisions, radios, stereos, speakers, MP3 players, CD and DVD players, and VCRs. Sims is unable to accept batteries, smoke detectors, and large appliances. Sims Recycling Solutions has the global reach, expertise and infrastructure necessary to guarantee that your data is secure and your electronic equipment is processed in the most environmentally responsible manner.

Click here for more information on the upcoming event.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 10:14 AM

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Donate gear, meet NYR's Step & Mac!

This Thursday, January 9 meet New York Rangers Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh from 4-6 PM at the Chase branch located at 1350 Boston Post Road in Larchmont, NY. Donate your used hockey equipment and you could win VIP tickets or exclusive hockey experiences.

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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 10:10 AM

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Recycle your phone with the Sabres Green Team

The Buffalo Sabres Green Team has again teamed up with the non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers organization to provide troops serving in the United States military with cost-free methods of communication with their loved ones.

The collection drive welcomes donations of gently used mobile phones during the following home games at First Niagara Center:

Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. Washington

Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. New Jersey

Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Carolina

Thursday, Jan. 9 vs. Florida

In addition, donations can be made at any time during the promotion at Account Services, whose normal hours of operation at First Niagara Center are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Donated cell phones will be sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time for deployed troops.

The Buffalo Sabres are dedicated to the sustainability of the environment in Western New York and Southern Ontario through the “Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative”. The organization is committed to creating programming to help our fans reduce their environmental footprint and at the same time, educate Sabres fans on conservation issues, teaching fans how to be greener, and directing them to additional resources where they can learn more about environmental issues.

The Green Program is presented by National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program, and proudly supported by the Sabres' Green Partner, Modern Recycling.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 10:32 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Sustainability upgrades come to Detroit's Clark Park

The NHL and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation on Monday unveiled extensive renovations and upgrades to Detroit's Clark Park Coalition recreation center as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative.

With additional support from DTE Energy, Johnson Controls and York, the donation of resources and materials to Clark Park's outdoor rink was funded and spearheaded by the League and the Red Wings Foundation. The enhancements made to the Clark Park rink, the only regulation-size outdoor rink in the metropolitan Detroit area, included the donation of a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine to replace the facility's current 35-year-old machine. Other improvements include lighting upgrades at the rink and parking lot, an upgraded rink refrigeration system, snow removal equipment for its ice hockey and skating programs, a new ice surface and rink boards, new bicycle racks provided by Disenos Ornamental Iron and facelifts to its recycling program provided by CleanRiver and NHL Green.

"These donations build upon a decade of meaningful partnership and investment by the NHL and Detroit Red Wings into the lives of youth in Southwest Detroit," Clark Park Coalition president Steve Tobocman said. "This current investment really paves the way to ensure that hockey can continue to be a critical component of our efforts to reach and develop kids living in poverty in this diverse Detroit community for years to come."

The Clark Park Coalition provides year-round sports programming for more than 1,200 boys and girls. It has been a member of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative for more than 10 years, providing support and programming opportunities for children of diverse backgrounds to play hockey.

"We've seen how successful Hockey is for Everyone has been in this community and how important Clark Park is to this area," NHL Chief Marketing Officer Brian Jennings said. "We are proud to announce the beneficiary of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic legacy initiative is Clark Park Coalition."

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, which provides funding for community initiatives that promote the growth of hockey.

"The Red Wings Foundation is thrilled to be a part of a meaningful initiative like this that gives youth in our community a great place to play hockey, stay healthy and active, and build values like teamwork, respect and integrity," Ilitch Charities chairman and Ilitch Holdings president and CEO Christopher Ilitch said. "It's particularly special to us because Clark Park is just a couple of miles from the Wings' home ice and our players and coaching staff enjoy visiting and engaging with youth hockey players here."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:05 PM

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Honda Accord named Green Car of the Year

Honda, the official U.S. vehicle of the NHL, is a leader in the development of cutting-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Today, the Honda Accord was named Green Car of the Year in an award ceremony at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Accord win marks the second time in three years Honda captured the annual award.

According to Paul A. Eisenstein of NBC NEWS:

The 2014 Honda Accord was named “Green Car of the Year” at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday morning, with jurors — who include "Tonight Show" host and car fanatic Jay Leno — hailing the sedan for bringing an assortment of environmentally friendly technologies into the mainstream.

The Accord, which Honda bills as the model with the highest retail sales volume in the U.S., is currently offered with a variety of different powertrain options, including a new 50 mpg hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a 115 MPGe (miles per gallon gasoline equivalent) rating.

The award “says we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mike Accavitti, American Honda Motors’ marketing chief, as he stood by an Accord Hybrid. Equally important, he said the award will win recognition for Honda’s expanded green car effort, which includes an assortment of new gas-electric drive systems such as the two-motor hybrid in the Accord. “This will help us sell more cars.”

The Green Car of the Year program was established by the Green Car Journal to both honor the best in clean, fuel-efficient technology and also gain more widespread awareness among consumers, organizers said.

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 2:13 PM

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Sharks Circling E-Waste this Saturday

The San Jose Sharks and SAP Center at San Jose are teaming up with Sims Recycling Solutions to encourage the community and Sharks hockey fans to recycle their old electronics. If you are headed to Saturday’s game against the Coyotes, or happen to be in the San Jose area, take advantage of the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of your electronics in an environmentally responsible manner!

Everyone who drops off a recyclable item will be able to watch the team's pre-game morning skate and will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win exclusive autographed Shark's merchandise and memorabilia.

WHEN: Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: The SAP Center at San Jose in the main parking lot (Lot ABC) located at 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.

ITEMS ACCEPTED: Computers, Smartphones, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, PDAs, Cell phones, Tablets, Telephones, Televisions, Radios, Stereos, Speakers, Keyboards, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, MP3 players, Computer Mice

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Batteries, Smoke Detectors, Ammunition Scrap, Paint and Aerosol cans.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Alice Henly -  Special to NHL Green / - NHL Green Slapshots™

College Sports Follow the Lead of NHL Green

Alice Henly is a Resource Specialist & College Sports Greening Coordinator at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The NHL has one of the strongest environmental programs of any sports organization worldwide, and its uniquely powerful cultural influence provides much-needed business leadership in ecologically sustainable practices.

The NHL’s commitment to environmental stewardship offers a strong model not only for professional sports greening efforts, but also the growing collegiate sports greening movement as well. More and more college sports are adopting greener practices and educating millions of college sports fans about the importance of protecting the natural ecosystems we enjoy and rely on.

In particular, collegiate hockey rinks across the country are following the NHL’s lead and becoming champions of the sports greening movement. In doing so, they are helping to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, protect habitat, save energy and water, reach millions of fans with environmental messages, and train future business leaders in environmental stewardship.

Read on and find out more about how those in the hockey community are stepping up their green game.
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Blaine Collison -  Special to NHL Green / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Hockey and the Importance of Green Power

Blaine Collison is the director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. He is on the advisory boards for the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Hockey people are outdoors people. We joyfully spend hours upon hours on frozen ponds and lakes playing “Our Game.” When I was a kid growing up in northern Delaware, the best three weeks of winter were the weeks when the ponds on the farm froze and we could skate outside. Like thousands of kids (and adults) across North America, we’d race to the ice any moment we could and play until well after it was too dark to see the puck.

Playing on black ice is part of our collective experience, our heritage and our future. We love the outdoor connection that the Winter Classic brings us each season.

The bad news is that North America is seeing less and less black ice each year. Due to rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from fossil fuel use, global temperatures are rising. We’re starting to get shorter and warmer winters in many places. Ski areas have to manufacture more snow. Ponds are freezing less often.

The good news is that the National Hockey League is using clean, green power – electricity derived from renewable resources like wind, solar and biomass – for 100% of its annual New York headquarters’ operations as well as for the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL is the first major professional sports league to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a national, voluntary program that currently includes more than 1,500 businesses, institutions, non-profits, and agencies, all using green power for some or all of their electricity needs. Close to two-thirds of these organizations are using 100% green power.

Green Power Partners include hockey cities: Washington, DC (Go Caps!); Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; and San Jose, CA. Green Power Partners also include a host of companies that support hockey fans and their businesses every day; here is a list of our Top 50 Partners.

The NHL and each of these cities and companies have chosen green power not only for the positive environmental benefits of clean renewable energy, but also because green power is a winning economic strategy for business and society alike. Renewable energy creates jobs in our communities. Renewable energy expands our domestic energy supply. Renewable energy protects our businesses and society from volatile prices in the fossil fuels markets. And renewable energy protects our environment.

Today, more than 1,500 Green Power Partners are collectively using more than 28 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equal to avoiding the annual carbon pollution from the electricity use of more than three million average American homes. And today, green power is available to every single business, institution and electricity consumer in the United States.

We at the EPA are proud to continue to work with the NHL, its teams, its suppliers and its fans to grow our U.S. green power sector. We invite you to join us. And we hope to see you at an NHL game- or out on the black ice- this winter.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:37 PM - NHL Green Slapshots™

Lightning to host 'Go Green Night' tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host their annual ‘Go Green Night' this evening when the Lightning take on the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The event, which benefits Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, will encourage physical fitness and environmental awareness.

Fans who ride their bike to the game on Tuesday night will be eligible for a discounted ticket for the Lightning’s game against the Kings. Cyclists riding to the game may valet park their bike on Ford Thunder Alley and will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket at the McDonald’s ® Box Office, while supplies last. The ticket voucher is valid for a $15 Terrace Level seat or participants may upgrade to a Lower Bowl ticket for $35, including all fees and taxes.

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