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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

For more information, visit

Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:00 PM

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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.

Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Jim Ibister -  Special to NHL Green / - 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.

Posted On Friday, 08.23.2013 / 12:00 AM

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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.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:00 PM

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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.

Posted On Monday, 08.19.2013 / 12:00 PM

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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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