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Posted On Tuesday, 11.13.2012 / 9:00 AM

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

NHL set to attend Beyond Sport United

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, November 13, the National Hockey League will join MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL and WNBA as an official Founding Supporter of Beyond Sport United, a one-day global gathering, exploring opportunities for leagues, teams and their partners to make a positive impact in their community and the local environment. The conference will take place at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

NHL Green has teamed up with Sterling Planet and Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help mitigate the environmental impact of Beyond Sport United 2012.

Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider of environmental assets for corporate, utility and government clients, will donate all environmental assets needed to counterbalance the estimated carbon emissions resulting from electricity consumption during the conference, based on conservative projections of the expected carbon footprint. Accordingly, Sterling Planet will provide the event with 111,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) in the form of Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from U.S. wind projects. The RECs will create a benefit of more than 143,529 pounds of avoided emissions of carbon dioxide.

The League worked with Sterling Planet to balance the carbon emissions associated with arena electricity usage and team air travel throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as the League's estimated 2012 electricity usage at its New York City headquarters. To that end, Sterling Planet supplied 9.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) and 97 metric tons of verified emission reductions in total.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit provider of energy, carbon and water solutions, will balance the water footprint of the conference. Based on projections of the expected water usage for both Yankee Stadium and attendee hotel rooms, BEF will restore 45,000 gallons of water to critically dewatered ecosystems in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, Utah and/or Oregon through BEF's Water Restoration Certificate® program.

Additionally, the League's 2012 and 2013 water consumption at its New York City headquarters, estimated at six million gallons over two years, will be counterbalanced as part of the NHL Water Restoration Project.

The League launched the NHL Water Restoration Project with BEF in June 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwater scarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey. BEF, on behalf of the NHL, has replenished North American watercourses with over 18 million gallons of water since the project's inception.

Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to drive positive social change around the world. Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports industry to discuss the business advantages of working to address difficult community, social and environmental concerns. The event will be a sharing of best practices tackling issues of education, health, sustainability, social inclusion, natural disaster response and more.

In 2011, Beyond Sport celebrated the League as the Sport for Environment winner for a League-wide food recovery program, in cooperation with Rock and Wrap it Up!, which has diverted over 210 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters with more than 320,000 meals since the initiative began in 2010. Also in 2011, the NHL was nominated for Beyond Sport's Federation of the Year award. In 2012, the League was again nominated as Sport for Environment, this time for the NHL Water Restoration Project.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:20 PM

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

Beyond Sport United meeting to address concerns

Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports industry Tuesday night in New York to discuss the business advantages of working to address specific community, social and environmental concerns through panels, speeches, workshops, interviews and other activities.

The NHL will be represented by 30 delegates who will participate in discussions addressing social inclusion, gender equality, health, education and more. The League is particularly concerned and involved in Beyond Sport's sustainability workshops and panels.

The Sustainability and the Environment Panel, facilitated by Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, will discuss the current sustainability trends, technologies and initiatives which lessen the environmental impact of sports by reusing and recycling assets and reducing energy, water and waste consumption. The League has been a member of the Green Sports Alliance since July 2011.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 12:15 PM

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Sharks activate fuel cells, attack carbon emissions

Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE) announced this month the activation of Bloom Energy Servers™ at HP Pavilion in San Jose, home of the Sharks. Installation of these energy servers will provide a cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy source to power the venue.

With the implementation of the Bloom Energy Servers, HP Pavilion at San Jose becomes the first multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility to utilize fuel cell technology as a supplemental electricity source. Sharks Sports & Entertainment also utilizes Bloom Energy Servers™ at Sharks Ice at San Jose, a public recreational ice facility owned by the City of San Jose and managed by SSE.

“Congratulations to HP Pavilion for being the first arena in the nation to implement Bloom Energy’s cutting-edge fuel cell technology,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “As the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a hub of clean tech innovation, and it is fitting that our arena would showcase how investing in renewable energy can reduce long-term operating costs and save energy.”

The Bloom boxes (two 200kw servers) will replace approximately 90% of the electrical utility power at HP Pavilion used during non-event hours and approximately 25% used on a Sharks game day. Due to the efficiency of the Bloom box, HP Pavilion at San Jose will reduce its carbon footprint by 4.8 million pounds of CO2 over a ten-year period. That equates to taking 427 passenger vehicles off the road.

“We are pleased to be utilizing the technology pioneered by Bloom Energy to reduce the carbon footprint of HP Pavilion at San Jose,” said Jim Goddard, General Manager at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

To read the full article, view the San Jose Shark’s press release.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 12:10 PM

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Coyotes keep eye on energy demand

During the last few years, the Phoenix Coyotes have adopted a diverse set of initiatives, practices and building management policies to become a more sustainable organization.

Perhaps the most innovative and effective environmental effort at Jobing.com Arena, home of the Coyotes, is the facility's energy-saving demand response program.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, demand response is the voluntary reduction in electricity demand in response to an electric grid emergency.

Practically speaking, electricity cannot be easily stored on a large scale. As a result, supply and demand must remain in balance in real time. Traditionally, utilities have leveraged carbon-emitting peaking power plants to increase power generation to meet demand. In some circumstances, utilities have built new power plants to meet that end.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 12:00 PM

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Maple Leafs turn waste into water

Five years ago, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) launched Team Up Green, an environmental effort that would significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The venue's sustainability plan set goals to reduce energy usage by 30 percent, reduce the carbon footprint by 30 percent and divert 95 percent of waste to landfill by 2013.

Through a range of practical, cost-effective and community-focused solutions, combined with several capital projects aimed at improving the venue's efficiency, records taken earlier this year show that the Air Canada Centre has achieved impressive results; including a 74 percent reduction in waste and a carbon footprint reduction of 34 percent within the first three years, two years ahead of the scheduled target. In September, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a full case study detailing the ACC's challenges and achievements.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 12:03 PM

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NHL encourages support for Hurricane Sandy victims

The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The NHL is encouraging fans to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief fund to help victims.

Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.

To donate, people can visit the NHL microsite on Redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 1:00 PM

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Predators attack water and energy usage

Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998, opened its doors in December of 1996. The facility has hosted more than 13 million guests since that time. Increasingly, arena management has prioritized sustainable operating practices and procedures.

Most recently, Bridgestone Arena administrators conducted two audits—one reviewing energy usage and one examining water consumption—that will be used to determine methods for making the arena more sustainable. The scope of work was consistent with a Level II audit as described by ASHRAE guidelines.

“The focus of the audits was to determine what can be done to bring our building up to today’s energy-efficient standards,” says Terry McConnell, senior director of operations for the arena. “As a municipal building, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.”

Ongoing review of the audit results, which became available earlier this year, has pointed to several ways Bridgestone Arena might move forward in its sustainability goals.

Regarding energy, planned improvements to the lighting system will utilize daylight-harvesting next to glass curtain walls. “This process would enable us to make better use of daylight throughout the facility,” McConnell says. Inefficient T-12 bulbs will be replaced with energy-saving T-8s. Bi-level lighting controls and energy-efficient lamps—in the place of metal-halide sources—will be implemented along concourses will further reduce energy consumption.

On the mechanical side, upgrades to the HVAC control system will have the greatest impact. Enthalpy-based economizer controls are planned for all air-conditioning units while occupancy-based controls, night setbacks and variable frequency drives on unit fans will be utilized.

The goals of the water audit were to assess the arena’s current water use and cost and identify any potential water-saving improvements that could be made. Installation of more efficient water aerators will figure prominently in Bridgestone’s sustainability efforts. Water flow will be reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 gallons per minute for sink faucets. Similarly, low-flow toilets will replace the current 3.5 gallons used per flush to a more efficient 1.28 gallons. Looking toward the future, Bridgestone Arena has plans underway for a rainwater-harvesting system which would offset all water used for toilets and urinals.

These and other enhancements are set to begin later this year. “We believe it is a great initiative that is definitely moving us in the right direction,” McConnell says. “It enables us to be ecologically responsible tenants of this building and, at the same time, to remain at the forefront of the sports and entertainment industry.”

To read the full article, visit GB&D.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 1:00 PM

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Flyers Expand Composting Initiative

Comcast-Spectacor and the Philadelphia Flyers have built a recycling program at the Wells Fargo Center that rivals many of the large arenas in the country. But the Philadelphia-based international sports and entertainment firm is not stopping there. To divert even more waste from landfill, the facility is ramping up their composting initiative.

Composting is the controlled breakdown of organic waste into a useful product that can be used as a mulch and fertilizer.

"Comcast-Spectacor is committed to going green by seeking every opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible," says Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko.

The Wells Fargo Center is positively impacting its waste stream by altering purchasing behavior. The arena is introducing all new compostable service ware in all concessions and all premium areas, helping fans to lighten their footprint.

How does the operation work? Aramark, food provider at the Wells Fargo Center, has equipped its kitchens with special containers for food waste. These containers will be emptied into larger food waste containers that Waste Management will empty after each event. Waste Management will transport the food waste to a composting center in Delaware where it will be turned into compost and organic soil products for home, farm and landscape use.

Beyond service ware, waste that will be composted at the Wells Fargo Center includes fruit and vegetables; meat, poultry and seafood; bakery items and ingredients; coffee grounds, filters, tea bags; milk, juices and cartons without plastic spouts; dairy products; and paper and plant products.

The 21,000-seat Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers, is a registered member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Flyers are a member of the Green Sports Alliance (greensportsalliance.org). Find out more about the Global Spectrum Total Environmental Plan by visiting: www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com/step-up.aspx.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.18.2012 / 4:10 PM

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Blues display a winning energy strategy

Since 2010, the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, has made powerful strides toward a more energy efficient operation. The arena is reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions through strategic capital upgrades and new staff policies.

Recently, the Scottrade Center underwent a major overhaul in its lighting systems. Throughout each level of the arena, T12 lamps were replaced with T5 lamps.

According to EPA Energy Star, T12 fluorescent lamps are one of the most common, but least efficient fluorescent systems. The newly installed T5 lamps at Scottrade Center offer improved efficiency, higher intensity, and potentially longer life due to reduced degradation in light output over time.

The facility was able to achieve better lighting with fewer bulbs in each fixture. For every three T12 bulbs, only two T5 bulbs were needed, limiting energy consumption and minimizing waste.

All backlit signs at the Scottrade Center were also upgraded, from T12 to LED technology. According to EPA Energy Star, this adjustment can make each sign three to eight times more efficient. Exit sign and passenger elevator lighting proved to be an excellent, low-labor initiative to increase the energy efficiency and safety of the facility.

The Club attained efficiency through behavioral changes by developing a routine schedule with staff to minimize lighting needs at certain points throughout each week. The Scottrade Center displayed this commitment to reducing energy consumption last year, as a strong supporter of the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour.

The arena has made improvements beyond lighting upgrades, such as installing variable frequency drives on the facility's cooling tower, which has reduced energy by enhancing operations of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system motors. The Blue are exploring the potential for utilizing renewable energy to power the Scottrade Center.

In 2009, the Blues launched the Blues Green Team initiative in an effort to encourage fans to apply environmentally sound practices to their personal and professional lives. To learn how to save energy on lighting in your own home, visit: www.energystar.gov/lighting

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:30 PM

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NHL Green Legacy Tree Project set for Friday

At the 2012 NHL Draft in June, NHL Green announced the launch of the Legacy Tree Project, an initiative designed to help revitalize urban environments supporting premier NHL events. On Friday October 19, volunteers will gather to line the streets in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood with 30 mature trees donated by the NHL Foundation.

In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, the trees will be planted a few blocks from the Consol Energy Center, host facility for the 2012 NHL Draft and the first NHL venue to achieve LEED Gold certification.

"We believe these trees serve as a visible reminder of the NHL's commitment to our local environment," said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. "The NHL Green Legacy Tree Project is an example of our efforts to enhance the health, livability, and long-term sustainability of NHL communities."

More than 40 volunteers from the community, including Penguins staff and employees at the University of Pittsburgh, plan to participate. A variety of species, including evergreens, elm, Japanese lilac and hornbeam, were chosen for the site by Tree Pittsburgh's staff arborist.

The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer benefits to residents -- helping to reduce local carbon dioxide levels, improve air quality, and mitigate storm water runoff. When fully mature, a single tree can absorb approximately 180 pounds of particulate pollution per year. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, a mature tree can store up to 100 gallons of rainwater during a large storm, preventing that water from overflowing city sewer systems.

The trees will be planted adjacent to the Hill House, a non-profit which combines health, education and human services agencies under one roof, serving as an effective advocate for more than 70,000 local residents annually who are seeking to improve their lives.

Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a campaign to plant 20,000 trees throughout the Pittsburgh region in order to improve quality of life and the environment. Together, these organizations will coordinate the planting, care and maintenance of the trees.

Fans who wish to participate or donate can contact Tree Pittsburgh (treepittsburgh.org) to volunteer. Tree planting will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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