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Posted On Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 1:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 12:30 PM

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

Welcome to the NHL's Sustainability Blog

The sport of hockey was born outdoors on frozen ponds. As Stanley Cup champion goaltender Mike Richter once put it, "the beauty of a frozen lake is more than free ice time; it is freedom itself. The game is at its best when young players, limited only by their imagination, develop their true genius for the sport."

In order to protect this rich tradition for the next generation, the NHL and its 30 member clubs are taking steps to combat major environmental concerns that affect our ponds, our communities and the health of our young athletes. We are pursuing technologies and practices that lessen our environmental impact, actively addressing issues such as climate change, water pollution and freshwater scarcity through operations that reduce energy consumption, cut waste to landfill and minimize water usage.

This is NHL Green Slapshots™, the NHL's new sustainability blog. Here, you will find content that captures the sustainability work of the League, member clubs, their facilities and our partners. We will highlight sustainability achievements around the League and explore how those tied to the game are becoming more responsible stewards of the planet - by reducing, reusing, recycling and replenishing natural resources and assets.

The NHL is profoundly affected by environmental issues and we take seriously our responsibility to preserve the conditions that fostered our game. As fans, we ask for your help in preserving our great natural outdoor rinks for future generations. To suggest greening ideas to the League or Clubs, or to show how "green" of a fan you are, please send us an e-mail at nhlgreen@nhl.com.

- The NHL Green Team
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