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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:00 PM

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

NY Times: Sports Beginning to See the Energy-Efficient Light

Ken Belson of The New York Times reports that the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens, is the only major league sports venue in North America where LEDs provide the sole source of illumination of the playing surface.

Belson writes:

“So last year, Mr. Gauthier (GM, Bell Centre) replaced all his older lights with 140 costlier light-emitting diode fixtures, or LEDs, which produce three times as much light on the ice for each watt of energy and last far longer — an investment that he says will take only about two years to pay back. He expects to save about $125,000 a year on electricity, parts and labor.”

To learn more about LEDs and why sports arenas are considering this new technology, continue to the article.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Jim Ibister -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Into the Wild: Minnesota Shows Operational Impact of Sustainability

Jim Ibister is the Vice President of Facility Administration for the Minnesota Wild and General Manager of the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Seemingly, one of the misconceptions of sustainability programs is that they are all about resource conservation. While conservation is an important outcome of the Minnesota Wild/Xcel Energy Center’s sustainability program, it is certainly not the only one. We take a more holistic view of this program, including a focus on improving operational efficiencies in people and processes.

Creating and maintaining a successful sustainability program requires, among other things, a strong grasp of data. First, and perhaps most importantly, the staff needed to know their starting point. The Minnesota Wild partnered with consultant Progressive Associates to not only shepherd a successful campaign but to help us better understand who we were and how we operated.

The data Progressive gathered created a snapshot of the past and allowed the team to create a vision of the future. It helped to answer staff questions about why they were being asked to change their current practices. With the resulting buy-in came teamwork and with ongoing teamwork came repeatable and long-lasting change.

Good data also allowed us to ask and answer ongoing operational questions. Our team at the Xcel Energy Center developed a program that not only tracked monthly energy consumption and invoices, but also collected data in much smaller increments. This enabled important situational analysis, to answer questions such as: “Why is there a spike of electrical usage during these hours? What happened here that we see heating usage when we should be cooling?”

Now, in cooperation with the NHL and through application software developed by OSIsoft, the Wild’s Ice Operations team is taking this effort one step further. They are developing a program that will produce real-time data on what is happening to the ice as temperatures and conditions change in the arena. This live data, through monitors at the ice level, will give the ice team a head start in reacting to changes that might adversely affect the quality of ice. And while most of this data has always existed, it will now be presented in a consolidated way, overlaid with personal feedback and qualitative analysis. Nothing is more important to the Wild’s ice operations team than continuing to stay at the top of the pack in terms of ice quality.

These exciting developments are born out of a great side effect of a successful sustainability program: understanding who you are and how you work.

As teams and facilities strive to be more responsible in their use of natural resources, it is equally important to operate efficiently and with the excellence associated with the entire NHL.

View Xcel Energy Center's Sustainability Progress Reports.

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Posted On Friday, 08.23.2013 / 12:00 AM

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

Richter takes over @NHL on August 28 at 11am ET

NHL Green is proud to announce that Stanley Cup Champion and environmentalist Mike Richter will take over the @NHL Twitter account on Wednesday, August 28th at 11:00am ET.

Richter will answer your questions and discuss how the League and its Clubs are addressing environmental issues. Use the hashtag #AskRichter to Tweet your questions and follow the conversation. #AskRichter marks the first ever NHL Green Twitter Takeover.

Richter enjoyed a successful 15 year professional career for the New York Rangers where he won the Stanley Cup in 1994, and was selected three times as an NHL All-Star. He represented the United States on numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning Silver in 2002. After retiring from the NHL, Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy.

Mike’s current venture, Healthy Planet Partners, finances and manages the deployment of renewable energy technologies and energy saving retrofits for sports facilities- ranging in size from professional stadiums to high school and municipal athletic complexes. Healthy Planet Partners works to reduce operating costs and ecological footprints of venues.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:00 PM

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

Fuel cells provide Ducks an energy boost

The Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks, announced this week a partnership with Bloom Energy to install on-site, solid oxide fuel cell technology.

The 750 kilowatt project, which will begin producing power prior to opening night of the 2013-14 NHL regular season, will generate 80% of the arena’s base load power and 25% during a Ducks game or concert.

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. Click here to learn how solid oxide fuel cells work.

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Posted On Monday, 08.19.2013 / 12:00 PM

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

60 Days of #NHLGreen

During the offseason we introduced a new campaign from the @NHL Twitter account blasting out fun facts on all things NHL Green. From upgraded, efficient arena cooling systems to improved recycling practices, all 30 NHL clubs are leading some incredible environmental initiatives.

If you are a hockey fan, an environmentalist, a teacher, or anything in between, we hope you enjoy the 60 Days of #NHLGreen and continue to keep up with the campaign. Below are some of our favorites thus far... and let us know if you think we missed any too. We always love to hear from our fans, so send us a Tweet to @NHL.


Check back with the Green Blog throughout the off season. We will have some more events and updates down the road, including coverage of the Green Sports Alliance Summit (August 26) and the Beyond Sport Summit (September 9-11), as well as a special NHL Green Twitter Takeover.

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Posted On Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:29 PM

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

Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks host community greening event

This July, the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks joined the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and partner Constellation Energy to help beautify a community garden (see photos). Hockey great Stan Mikita worked next to a number of young volunteers, as the space was transformed into a garden of fresh vegetables.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 4:10 PM

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

Recycle the Game at the 2013 NHL Draft!

As part of the League’s ongoing initiative with Restore Hockey, NHL Green asks all fans attending the 2013 NHL Draft to help us recycle the game!

WHAT: Donate your used hockey equipment! Upon collection, non-profit Restore Hockey will refurbish all donated gear, which will be delivered to youth community-based hockey programs in need of support. Accepted items include helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin pads, gloves, skates and sticks.

WHERE: Championship Plaza (adjacent to Prudential Center), between Edison Place and Market Street and on Mulberry Street

WHEN: Sunday, June 30th, from 10:30AM - 2:30PM


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Posted On Friday, 06.21.2013 / 9:00 AM

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

At the NHL, water is in our DNA

Since 2010, the League has worked in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to restore over 20 million gallons of water to streams and rivers in the Northwest, directly aiding in the recovery of the economic, recreational and ecological viability of waterways.

For the third consecutive year, the Stanley Cup Final will be “water neutral.” Total water used in the United Center and TD Garden will be tracked, from the faucets to the ice surface, and the equivalent will be restored through BEF’s Water Restoration Certificates.

With the end of the 2013 regular season, NHL Green wrapped up the second year of Gallons for Goals, a regular-season initiative focused on combating water scarcity in critically dewatered ecosystems. Beginning in the 2011-2012 season, NHL Green pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a river or stream in critical shape for every goal scored.

The 2013 NHL regular season was not lacking in the scoring department. Beginning with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal from Patrick Kane in January, and ending with a goal from Bruins’ center Rich Peverley in April, skaters League-wide scored 3,822 goals, effectively restoring 3.8 million gallons of water.

The League and its Clubs are also working proactively to reduce water waste throughout League headquarters and Club arenas. Through the implementation of NHL Green Metrics, an online tracking tool for all 30 Clubs to input and track their energy and water consumption and waste output, the League works to promote positive environmental change. This initiative is the first step toward reducing hockey’s environmental footprint and ensuring a future for hockey’s birthplace on the frozen ponds and lakes of North America.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.19.2013 / 1:00 PM

By ENERGY STAR -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Make a save, watch the game with ENERGY STAR

Everyone knows that hockey fans love gear. Fans swarm the arena on game day with hats, scarves, flags, masks, and jerseys emblazoned with their team’s logo. But even fans watching the game at home need the proper equipment to feel like they’re part of the game. Big screen, high-definition TVs make the action more vibrant than ever, and expanded cable packages allow viewers access to out-of-market games that were once unavailable.

This technology has made it a great time to be a hockey fan, 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.

Read on to find out how you can save energy, money and the environment.
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Posted On Friday, 06.14.2013 / 8:00 AM

By Michael Spengler -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

New life for old equipment

Fans in the New York City metro area can donate their used hockey equipment this weekend (Friday-Sunday, at the NHL powered by Reebok store). Upon collection, non-profit Restore Hockey will refurbish all donated gear, which will be delivered to youth community-based hockey programs in need of support.

Accepted items include helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin pads, gloves, skates and sticks. Donors will receive a 15% discount at the NHL Powered by Reebok store.

Your used equipment can help the environment and grow the sport we all love.  Read on to see how three brothers from Connecticut gave 35 children from Chalestown, Massachusetts the opportunity to play the game of hockey.

Mike Spengler is the President and Co-Founder of Restore Hockey, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to recycle used hockey equipment back into the game.

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