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Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 4:00 PM

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

Devils Revitalize Park Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Devils and PwC US have teamed up with the New Jersey Tree Foundation and Essex County to plant new trees as part of their “Pucks for Parks” initiative.

Through “Puck for Parks,” the Devils and PwC are working together to enrich New Jersey communities by helping sustain the environment and provide green space for generations. The multi-year program was created in 2013, with a commitment by the Devils and PwC, including the help of Devils staff, PwC partners and staff, and community volunteers, to plant at least two mature trees in a New Jersey park or green space for every Devils win during the 2013-14 regular season. Depending on the environmental needs of each location, additional trees and vegetation of various sizes will also be rooted, including along coastal and river areas to help prevent erosion.


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Posted On Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 9:40 AM

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Sabres Green Team hosts Great American Clean-up

Sabres Fans -- now is your chance to help make your community a better and brighter area to live in!

On May 3, join the efforts of the Buffalo Sabres Green Team and others as they clean up the South Buffalo BOA community. The meeting place is 266 Hopkins Street. Check-in is at 9 am with clean-up continuing 9:30-11:30 am. Lunch will be provided at the completion of the event. Modern Disposal and Buffalo Recycling and WNY Maritime Charter School will also be coordinating this effort.

Join the Sabres Green Team here!


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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 11:15 AM

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Off ice, Kings and Sharks battle to protect the planet

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are familiar playoff foes. The clubs met last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Kings advancing in seven hard fought games. They meet earlier this year, in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On Sunday, the Sharks dealt the Kings a second consecutive lopsided loss to open the series with a 2-0 lead. The series now intensifies as the Kings return home tonight, welcoming the Sharks into the STAPLES Center, which will be glowing green to celebrate Earth Day.

While the strong play of the two California rivals will be on center stage tonight, the equally strong commitments of both clubs to a more sustainable business and lifestyle will be on display all month long.

Continue reading to find out how the Sharks and Kings are defending the planet.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 11:06 AM

By Andrea Rutt -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Rock and Wrap It Up Thrives at Rexall Place

Freezer space at Edmonton’s Food Bank became a little more limited last Wednesday as over 1,200 pounds of prepared hamburgers, sausages, pastas and chicken were donated through Rock and Wrap It Up. The program, in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), Northlands and Dominion Sports Service (DSS), assists in the fight against hunger by donating prepared, but unserved food from Oilers, Oil Kings games, and other events at Rexall Place.

From this donation alone, Edmonton’s Food Bank will be able to provide over 950 meals for its agencies – an opportunity local non-profit groups jump at to ensure their clients are fed.

“The food that we received today is great quality food; it’s diverse food that we don’t usually see coming to the Food Bank and we’re going to be turning that over to some soup kitchens who will be serving it to people who will be very thankful for those gifts,” said Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank.

DSS’s food preparation team is quick to flash freeze and label any remaining food after events at Rexall Place to ensure it meets health codes. Food donations have ranged anywhere from chicken and steak to pizza and chili, and provide a hearty meal for those in need.

“This particular program has meant that donors have had to make a big commitment to its success,” said Bencz. “They’ve made sure that the food is put in food-safe containers, it’s flash frozen, brought to the Food Bank and that it’s safe throughout the whole process.”

With the addition of Wednesday’s drop-off, a total of 5,747 pounds of food have been donated so far this season, creating 4,416 meals for Edmonton’s less fortunate. And it isn’t over yet. With an Oil Kings playoff run right around the corner and a slew of summer concerts on the horizon, donations are sure to grow in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.

“The Oilers Foundation is incredibly proud to share in the success of Rock and Wrap It Up,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director of the EOCF. “To think that all this food could have gone to waste rather than benefit other people, it’s clear this program is win-win for everyone involved.”

Since its inception in 2010, a total of 21,938 pounds of food have been donated, providing 16,930 meals to Edmonton’s Food Bank. To learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank and how you can help in the fight against hunger, please visit edmontonsfoodbank.com.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:00 AM

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

Alberni Valley Bulldogs a green leader in B.C.

Within the past few years, champions of the environment have emerged in the hockey world at all levels of the game. The mission and message of the League’s environmental platform is echoing throughout youth, college, junior and professional leagues and teams in communities large and small across the continent. The NHL is proud to inspire this sustainability movement and is pleased to profile those who are making a difference in their community.

As a prime example, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca) hockey club is proving to be a green leader by endorsing and educating their young fans on ecologically sustainable practices.

For a second straight season, the Bulldogs have partnered with Alberni Clayoquot Regional District to promote the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) in local elementary schools.

“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been inspired in part by the NHL Green program,” said Adam Hayduk, the Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in an e-mail to the League last week.

The hockey club, which plays out of Alberni Valley Multiplex - Weyerhaeuser Arena on Vancouver Island, B.C., is a member of the British Columbia Hockey League. Several Bulldogs alumni currently play NCAA Division 1 hockey, while two alumni have recently made it to NHL rosters: Harry Zolnierczyk (Pittsburgh Penguins) and David Dziurzynski (Ottawa Senators).

This season, the Bulldogs helped introduce the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. Thirteen players were trained on recycling techniques, and were sent into classrooms to demonstrate how students can make a difference by reducing the amount of waste generated from their school lunches.

“As players, we understand the importance of being role models for the community and for younger kids,” said Bulldogs second-year defenseman Kurt Gosselin. “We like to get involved as much as we can to make a difference in the community that has given us so much.”

Every day school lunches are a major source of waste in British Columbia – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school per year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms of waste per school per year.

“It is our goal once again to reach out to 25 different elementary and middle school classrooms,” said Hayduk. “There are so many great local initiatives already in play to reduce, reuse, and recycle. However, the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge will give students an opportunity every week to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our local landfill. It’s a great way to make a positive impact.”

Andy Daniel, the Regional District's Manager of Environmental Services, believes the Bulldogs bring to the program many great qualities. “They are exceptional speakers and are seen as leaders by youth within the community. The Bulldogs players and organization are genuinely interested in the environment and making a difference within the community.”

NHL Green is proud of the steps the Bulldogs are taking and applaud them as green leaders in the hockey community. We invite hockey clubs of any and all levels to share their environmental pursuits, challenges and success stories with us. Please e-mail us at nhlgreen@nhl.com.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 11:30 AM

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Sharks Call on Fans to Attack E-waste

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 Canadiens, 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, March 8 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.

This e-waste collection event will be set up as a drive-through and drop-off event. Staff will be on hand to conveniently and quickly collect items from community members' vehicles.

Sims Recycling Solutions guarantees that your data is secure and your electronic equipment is processed in the most environmentally responsible manner. For those who plan to recycle a monitor or television, please print and complete the collection log found at the us.simsrecycling.com/sharks website to ensure faster processing.

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:00 PM

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Kings’ sticks are heating up

While Los Angeles Kings fans surely would like to see their players’ sticks remain intact with each shot of the puck, they can rest assured that even broken sticks will contribute to a good cause.

This season, the Kings are repurposing their broken hockey sticks, keeping the composite material out of landfills. Not only does the effort support a healthier environment, but the unique partnership helps raise funds for Kings Care Foundation, which provides aid and support to the local community.

The Kings partnered with Hat Trick BBQ, an LA-based company started by a couple of hockey dads with a bunch of broken sticks and a good idea. Hat Trick BBQ has developed a business manufacturing broken sticks into grilling tools and utensils. Since their humble beginnings, the company has repurposed over 8,000 hockey sticks, including the sticks of some NHL stars.

On average, the Kings break about 1,000 sticks each season. The Club collects these sticks- used and broken during game action by Kopitar, Brown, Carter (who is a consistent contributor to the broken stick collection) along with other teammate - and sends them to be repurposed into one-of-a-kind grilling utensil sets, that are then auctioned off by the Kings. All auction proceeds support the great work of the Kings Care Foundation.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 4:30 PM

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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 us.simsrecycling.com/sharks 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

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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.com - 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.com - 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

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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 lightning.nhl.com

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted On Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:29 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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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Posted On Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 4:00 PM

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Help Recycle the Game in NYC!

As part of the League’s ongoing initiative with Restore Hockey, NHL Green will soon unveil a one-of-a-kind equipment donation net.  Swing by the NHL Powered by Reebok Store this weekend and 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?
The NHL Powered by Reebok Store, in New York City (1185 Avenue of the Americas at 47th street)

When? Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

Donors will receive a 15% discount at the NHL Powered by Reebok store.


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 4:10 PM

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NHL pledges 1,600 trees to The Nature Conservancy

In the 2012-13 regular season, players from around the NHL tallied 32 hat tricks, including two apiece from Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri.

Inspired by Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, NHL Green launched Hat Tricks for Trees™ in January.  The initiative assists The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. NHL Green pledged to donate 50 trees to TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign for every hat trick scored throughout the regular season.

Thanks to the League’s highest scoring players, NHL’s contribution this year totals 1,600 trees, helping to restore and rebuild the Atlantic Forest and its irreplaceable part in our global ecosystem. TNC has set a lofty and admirable goal of planting one billion trees in the Atlantic Forest by 2015, which has the potential to remove four million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

Read on to learn more about Brazil's Atlantic Forest, why it's health is important for all of us, and how you can help.


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 4:45 PM

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Kings' Mitchell fights for fish

When most fans think of Willie Mitchell, they picture the star Los Angeles Kings defenseman and Stanley Cup champion fearlessly protecting his goaltender.  Most may be unaware the physical blueliner doubles as an eco-warrior.

While Mitchell remains off the ice due to an injury, he remains in battle, fighting for the future of wild Pacific salmon. Mitchell, an avid outdoorsman and fisherman from coastal Port McNeill, British Columbia, is passionate about conserving this threatened species and preserving the health of our oceans.


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Posted On Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 4:35 PM

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Stars 'go to the mattresses'

Following a successful week of Earth Day events, the Dallas Stars teamed up with Sleep Inc. to host a mattress drive at two StarCenter locations and the American Airlines Center. In an effort to combat the addition of approximately 30 million mattresses to landfills each year, the Stars recycling event collected hundreds of mattresses tol be re-purposed.

Read on to find out more!


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Posted On Friday, 04.19.2013 / 5:27 PM

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NHL Clubs ready for Earth Day 2013

Throughout the NHL season and in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, NHL Clubs have implemented environmental programs in their communities and sustainability efforts in their facilities. Read on for a snapshot of how several NHL Clubs are participating in activities and events leading up to and around Earth Day.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:45 PM

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Lightning To Host 'Go Green Night' Tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host ‘Go Green Night’, benefiting Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, to encourage recycling and environmental awareness tonight when the Lightning take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Fans who bring Panthers jerseys, hats or t-shirts, as well as any personal documents to shred at the Pro-Shred station will receive a $15 ticket in the Terrace Endzone for tonight’s game. This special ticket incentive will take place on Thunder Alley prior to the game; however, quantities are limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who participate.

The Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful program will recognize the numerous Bay area students that volunteer their time and talents to preserving and improving the community at tonight’s game. All donors will be honored during the game and on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official website for their contributions. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 11:15 AM

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Blackhawks "Green Game" promotes wind energy

On Monday, fans of the Chicago Blackhawks cheered as the team skated passed the Nashville Predators in a gritty 3-2 shootout win during the Blackhawks’ annual environmentally-friendly “Go-Green” game.

Constellation, the official energy provider for United Center and sponsor of the team’s green games, purchased Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use on game day. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid emissions associated with fossil fueled generation.

The RECs for the Blackhawks game are expected to avoid 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the equivalent of burning 146 barrels of oil.

Read on, and learn how you can switch to 100 percent renewable energy for your home.

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Posted On Friday, 03.22.2013 / 3:25 PM

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NHL Celebrates Earth Hour Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) at 8:30 PM, the National Hockey League and its 30 Clubs and associated venues will join hundreds of millions of homes and businesses worldwide, turning off non-essential lighting for one hour.

For the second consecutive year, the NHL has pledged its participation and support of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour. This year, Earth Hour will unite millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories for one hour in a global effort to cut back on energy consumption and show unified concern for the environment.

Read on, and find out how NHL Clubs are doing their part - and easy ways you can participate.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 5:00 PM

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Sabres Shred-It

The Buffalo Sabres are offering fans an opportunity to win twice -- dispose waste in a sustainable manner and get a discount on great Sabres merchandise for doing so.

This Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres are teaming up with First Niagara Bank to host a free “Shredding Day”.

Read on and find out more.
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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 9:40 AM

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Going Green at the Joe

The Red Wings face off against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday March 20th for DTE Energy’s third annual 'Going Green Night'.

The Red Wings and DTE Energy have collaborated on several projects, including Light the Lamp, where goal lamps and scoreboard lights at Joe Louis Arena were replaced with state-of-the-art LEDs that use less power and have a longer lifespan then the average incandescent light bulb.

As part of the theme night, DTE Energy and the Red Wings will be giving away “Going Green” coolers and will be displaying “Going Green” facts throughout the game on the JLA scoreboard. The Joe will also welcome the 400 fans who won tickets to the game by entering an energy efficiency contest hosted by DTE.

Read on, and take part in DTE Energy Going Green Night at Joe Louis arena on March 20.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:07 PM

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Hat Tricks for Trees Hits 1,000

In January, NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation is donating 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

To date, the League has now pledged to plant 1,000 trees as part of the initiative.

By the numbers: Only one player, Chris Kunitz, has recorded more than one hat trick at this point in the season. As a team, the Anaheim Ducks (Cogliano, Palmieri, Bonino), Philadelphia Flyers (Read, Voracek) and Calgary Flames (Glencross, Cammalleri) have had multiple players contribute hat tricks. Only one team (Anaheim Ducks) have lost this season when one of their players tallied three goals in a game (Cogliano, March 2). Of the twenty hat tricks recorded thus far, seven have been career-firsts (Voracek, Kopecky, Palmieri, Read, Bonino, Kadri and Sobotka).

Read on, and take a look back at the players who notched hat tricks 11 through 20 this season, contributing 500 trees to the League’s total pledge.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 3:45 PM

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NRDC honors "Game Changers"

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is set to honor leaders in professional sports for their environmental efforts at the organization’s Game Changer Awards Gala on Thursday, March 14th in New York.

The event will be co-chaired by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, along with the Commissioners of the MLB, NBA, and MLS.

The NRDC provides fundamental support to the NHL in the League's ever-expanding commitment to ecological responsibility. Through the NRDC’s environmental initiatives and collaborations across all professional sports, the industry has avoided emitting millions of pounds of greenhouse gasses and conserved millions of gallons of water, all while saving millions of dollars and invaluable natural resources.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:50 AM

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Devils looking for “Energy Heroes”

The New Jersey Devils have renewed a sponsorship agreement with Pfister Energy Inc., a national renewable energy company known for its “stackable” green energy solutions. Together, they have launched a new promotion called “Become an Energy Hero,” encouraging New Jerseyans to promote clean and renewable energy in the workplace.

“Energy Heroes” who successfully bring a sustainability project to fruition (based on campaign requirements) will be eligible to receive up to one full year of reimbursement for their personal household electrical bills. 

Jeff Vanderbeek, chairman, Devils Arena Entertainment, said, “We are thrilled to once again partner with this local and mindful company. We support Pfister’s commitment to sustainability education and innovation as well as their involvement in the local community. That’s a message we want to bring to our fans – and beyond.”

The “Become an Energy Hero” campaign will culminate on April 13, 2013. New Jersey fans can participate in the initiative by visiting http://pfisterenergy.com/hero/.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 2:50 PM

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Climate scientists call on hockey enthusiasts for help

For years, scientists have been tracking ice in western Hudson Bay, Canada - when the ice forms in fall, when it starts to break up in the spring and its thickness - in order to determine how climate change is affecting the health of the Hudson Bay ecosystem, including polar bears.

Polar bears need the sea ice of the Hudson Bay to successfully hunt ringed seals through the winter. They rely on stored fat to last them through the summer. Climate change has already led to the ice forming later in the fall, by several weeks, over the last 3 decades and breaking up earlier in the spring. This shortened feeding season has resulted in skinnier bears, fewer cubs born per bear, and lower survival for the young. It also leads to more bear-human interactions, as hungry bears wander closer to towns and garbage dumps searching for food. In other words, bad news for bears and people.

Now, scientists are studying ice conditions a little closer to home to assess how climate change is affecting a different, and increasingly endangered, species - the backyard hockey (shinny) player. Based on past data and models of the future, scientists are warning that climate change will lead to fewer outdoor skating days in Canada. In fact, in some areas of the country, scientists warn that there will be no more backyard rinks at all.

Rinkwatch.org, an innovative project led by scientists at Wilfred Laurier University, asks outdoor rink enthusiasts from all over the world to record the location of their rink and all the days that the rink is skate-able. Knowing only about what’s happening to your rink in your backyard tells you little more than what the recent weather has been like. But that information collected over several years, and added to information about thousands of other rinks across North America – well, that gives us some insight to wider trends like climate change.

Photo credit: WWF/Geoff York

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:13 AM

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10 Hat Tricks Scored, 500 Trees Pledged

In January, NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation is donating 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

On February 16, John Tavares tallied his fourth career hat trick, the tenth hat trick scored in the NHL this season. To date, the League has now pledged to plant 500 trees as part of the initiative.

Let’s take a look back at the players who notched the first ten hat tricks this season:

Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres) - Vanek began the NHL season on a torrid pace and is currently the League-leader with 25 points in 15 games played. On Thursday, January 31st, Vanek recorded his second five-point game when he had a hat trick and added a pair of assists, in a 7-4 Sabres win in Boston.

Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings) - Detroit's new captain owns a five-point game this season as well -- he had a hat trick and two assists in the Red Wings' 5-3 victory against St. Louis in early February. On a team in transition, Zetterberg has raised his game.

Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins) – Penguin’s Chris Kunitz broke from a scoring drought in early February when he clinched the third hat trick in his career and a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. “You know what to expect,” said Captain Sidney Crosby of Kunitz. “(Kunitz) works hard, gets to a lot of loose pucks and creates a lot of pressure on other teams. Nobody likes to deal with him in front of the net.”

Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) - Staal and teammate Jeff Skinner scored 9 seconds apart during a four-goal second period for the Hurricanes, a game which they went on to win 6-3 over the Sabres. Staal restored Carolina's two-goal lead in the third period by firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth. He polished off his 13th career hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:28 left in the contest.

Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers) - Gaborik, who moved to the left wing this season to accommodate new teammate Rick Nash, is a pure goal scorer with hands that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said are some of the best in the League around the goal crease. He put them on display twice against the Bruins in late January, finessing the puck into the net for three important goals. Gaborik finished off a hat trick with a breakaway goal 26 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers their first win of the season.

Matt Read (Philadelphia Flyers) - Matt Read notched his first career hat trick in late January — and he thought it came pretty easily. Read helped his Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 7-1. "It's pretty special getting your first hat trick," Read said. "I'm the beneficiary of playing with two good guys (Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds). It's pretty easy when you're playing with two good players. Just be at the right spot at the right time -- and just do the little things right -- and good things are going to happen."

Nick Bonino (Anaheim Ducks) - Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes of an early February game to chase Jonathan Quick from the net, before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier. Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 left in the game. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.

Steve Sullivan (Phoenix Coyotes) - Steve Sullivan scored three goals, his eighth career hat trick, when the Phoenix Coyotes skated passed the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-1 for their first win of the season. Sullivan put the game out of reach near the midpoint of the third period, squeezing a shot between goalie Steve Mason's pads on a redirect off a pass by Derek Morris. It was his first hat trick since Dec. 14, 2009.

Michael Cammalleri (Calgary Flames) - Still seeking his first goal of the season, Michael Cammalleri felt he was rounding into form before suffering a slightly torn hip flexor that forced him out of the Calgary Flames' lineup for three games. He didn't hesitate to make up for lost time. Coming back off the injury, Cammalleri had a hat trick – including the 200th goal of his career – as part of a four-point night as the Flames earned a 7-4 victory against the Dallas Stars on February 13.

John Tavares (New York Islanders)John Tavares recorded his fourth career hat trick, and assisted on another goal, to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on February 16. Tavares, the first player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft, is doing everything he possibly can to get the New York Islanders into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Continue to follow the NHL Green Slapshots blog, and NHL (@NHL) on Twitter (#NHLGreen), as we track hat tricks throughout the season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 3:23 PM

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In Buffalo, blue and gold make green

The Buffalo Sabres, through the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative, are dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment of Western New York and Southern Ontario.

The organization is committed to developing initiatives and educational opportunities in the community, throughout the season, to help reduce the Sabres environmental footprint. The Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative encourages members of the Sabres front office, as well as players and fans, to actively participate in making the community a cleaner, safer and healthier place.

In 2006, a volunteer organization called Re-Tree WNY was established to re-forest every public area destroyed by the devastating October storm. Still in pursuit of this goal in 2012, the Sabres joined the campaign to raise funds for the purchase of trees to be planted along the city’s streets and parks.

The Sabres, in partnership with Re-Tree Western New York, have helped raise over $500,000 to reforest Buffalo and surrounding communities. These trees help to conserve and reduce energy use, reducing local carbon dioxide levels, improving air quality and mitigating storm water runoff. Re-Tree WNY has planted a total of nearly 25,000 of their 30,000 tree goal.

The partnership was a natural fit for the organization, who each season hosts a spring clean-up event along Buffalo’s waterfront, removing trash, litter and heavy debris from Western New York shorelines, waterfront parks and wetlands.

For more news and information on the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative, visit the Sabres Green Team page and sign-up now to join the team.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 2:50 PM

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Captain Canada takes a stand for the Great Bear

Scott Niedermayer has had success at every level of his hockey career, winning the Stanley Cup four times and taking home two Olympic gold medals. In January, Niedermayer joined the coaching staff of the Anaheim Ducks in an effort to help the Club win a Stanley Cup, a feat he accomplished in 2007 as a player.

Off the ice, Niedermayer brings that same spirit and winning record as a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Freshwater Ambassador, especially in his role as spokesperson for Canadians for the Great Bear, championing one of the richest and most spectacular ecosystems in the world.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 10:35 AM

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NHL Green launches Hat Tricks for Trees™

NHL Green today announces the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation, through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, will donate 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

The initiative grew out of a recent online exchange between Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and the Bruin’s community blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. Initially, the blog pledged to donate 50 trees for every goal scored by Ference this season. The Boston blueliner then delivered his own pledge, a commitment to plant 50 trees for every goal scored by teammate Tyler Seguin.

All contributions will support TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign, a major restoration initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2008 to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest. The campaign aims to restore one million acres of land by helping plant one billion trees by 2015. The effort has the potential to remove four million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

According to TNC, “tropical forests are the lungs of the Earth, storing enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in a never-ending cycle of life. The Atlantic Forest – one of the biggest tropical forests in the world – helps stabilize the global climate and fight global warming.” Warming temperatures threaten the existence of the frozen pond where, over the years, many men and women of all skill levels learned to play hockey. The League is committed to preserving the conditions that fostered the game and protecting this rich tradition for the next generation.

In line with this mission, the NHL actively pursues more environmentally responsible measures of forest-product sourcing, is developing more robust post-consumer recycling practices, is promoting responsible forest management and is providing funds to aid in forest restoration.

At home, in 2012, NHL Green introduced a legacy tree project in Pittsburgh for the NHL Draft. In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins and local non-profit Tree Pittsburgh, the League planted mature trees up the block from the CONSOL Energy Center, along the perimeter of the Hill House Association, an institution providing an array of health, welfare, recreation and other community programs. The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer substantial benefits to residents -- helping to conserve and reduce energy use, reducing local carbon dioxide levels, improving air quality and mitigating storm water runoff.

Through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, the League will continue to support initiatives – both local and global – that aim to restore both urban and tropical forests.

Throughout the season, we encourage fans to follow us on twitter to receive notifications of when hat tricks are scored. Fans can contribute to the initiative by visiting the NHL Green microsite on nature.org and making a donation.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 12:00 PM

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Ference promises trees, with assist from Seguin

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has led the environmental movement within sports for years. Ference launched the Carbon Neutral Challenge in 2007, has showcased his personal devotion to living a sustainable lifestyle through a web-series with National Geographic, and delivered a powerful speech as keynote speaker this July, at the 2012 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Seattle. He’s spoken at elementary schools about the benefits of composting, met with MIT grad students to discuss the future of renewable energy and can be found riding his bike to TD Garden on game days.

On Monday, the Boston blueliner (and self-proclaimed tree-hugger) received a message via Twitter from the folks over at the blog “Stanley Cup of Chowder” (@cupofchowdah) offering an environmental incentive for his on-ice performance:

The Plant a Billion Trees campaign is a major restoration initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2008 to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest. According to TNC, much of what does remain of the forest is found in small, isolated fragments and is on the brink of extinction due to pressures of urban expansion, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. The Plant a Billion Trees campaign aims to reforest 2.5 million acres and connect more than 12 million acres in new forest corridors.

Ference responded later in the day, willing to match the pledge of fifty trees per goal, but with a twist. The rugged defenseman, not known for his goal-scoring prowess, has decided to match the goal total of someone with the scoring touch: teammate Tyler Seguin.

This season, the on-ice success of Ference and Seguin will not only help the Bruins compete for their second championship in three years, but will assist in the effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

To find out more or to contribute to the campaign, go to plantabillion.org.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 12:00 PM

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Islanders continue support for community after Sandy

The New York Islanders, through a long-standing partnership with the American Red Cross, remain committed to assisting Long Islanders affected by Superstorm Sandy. After the storm devastated much of the tri-state area, the Islanders put all their resources into fundraising efforts for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help victims and their local environment.

Superstorm Sandy plowed through the United States at the end of October, forcing families to live without basic necessities and leaving many unsure of what their lives would be like in the near future. In addition, lands throughout New York, New Jersey and the surrounding areas experienced significant damage.

According to environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper, the damage caused by Sandy was "unprecedented." Toxic chemicals spilled into New York's Harbor due to the storm surge, as did contaminants from subways and commercial structures. Because the pollution came from multiple sources, the clean-up has been challenging.

Many residents continue to struggle with restoration efforts of their homes, businesses and communities, especially due to environmental health and safety concerns.

In November, the Islanders held an open-skate fundraiser called “Hockey with a Heart” to support their community in rebuilding. The Islanders and SMG (the arena management company) opened Nassau Coliseum’s doors and invited all area residents to join them for a day on the ice, free of charge. Over 2,000 people attended and many brought monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable food donations. All concession proceeds went directly to those in need.

Through the efforts of fans and members of the community, along with employees of the New York Islanders, SMG and the Coliseum’s concessionaire SAVOR, the Club collected over 5,200 pounds of food, $5,754 dollars and an overwhelming amount of clothing, weighing over 13,000 pounds, filling two 24-foot box trucks.

After the open skate fundraiser, the Islanders organized a unique online auction, where people from around the world came together to bid on special sports memorabilia and entertainment experiences. The “Hockey with a Heart” auction featured items donated by metropolitan area sports teams, organizations and individuals and raised $22,317 in total for storm victims.

Combined, these two major fundraisers collected $28,071 that went directly to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist those affected by the storm.

To donate to the American Red Cross, visit Redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Click here to watch the Red Cross PSA.

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Posted On Monday, 12.10.2012 / 12:30 PM

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Wild leaders in sustainability

In April 2009, Saint Paul RiverCentre officials launched a long-term, multifaceted sustainability initiative with a mission to become a green leader among convention centers in the region. The neighboring Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild, joined the effort soon after when a number of shared resources were realized.

Green practices weren’t new to these facilities; recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation had been priorities for some time. However, officials implemented an ambitious, strategic plan that has encompassed multiple campus-wide initiatives over several years.

The first initiative, titled “50-50 in 2,” was focused on waste reduction across the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center campus. The goal of the two-year initiative was to reduce the amount of trash generated at the facilities by 50% while increasing the recycling rate to 50%. To accomplish this goal, 630 recycling receptacles were purchased so that every trash container on every level of each facility would have an accompanying recycling bin. In addition, the facilities made an extensive transition to compostable products and all processes and behind-the-scenes infrastructure were redesigned to make recycling and composting as efficient as possible.

The two-year timeline of this goal concluded in July of 2011. These facilities not only reached their goals, they far exceeded them. As of March 2012, these facilities reduced trash by 60% (over 1.4 million pounds per year) and increased their annual recycling rate to 54.5%.

Since that time, without setting a new goal, the annual recycling rate has increased to 56% and the total waste stream has fell to just over 50,000 pounds annually. In the first quarter of 2012, the campus recycled a record 45.3 tons of commingle items (cans, bottles, cups & tubs).


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Posted On Thursday, 11.29.2012 / 12:00 PM

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Nolan scores one for habitat preservation

Retired NHL All-Star Owen Nolan has announced the transition of his 1,157 acres in Mt. Hamilton Range (California) to organizations devoted to the environmental protection and preservation of lands. This unique partnership protects prime Alameda Creek Watershed habitat from future development through a conservation easement and paves the way for future plans to open up the property to public recreation.

"I'm proud to be part of the effort to expand Joseph D. Grant County Park and help protect clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for future generations," said Owen Nolan, property owner and former San Jose Sharks captain.

"I love the outdoors,” Nolan told the San Jose Mercury News. “It's not just hunting and fishing. It's getting outside," he said. "There's a lot of pressure that comes with being an athlete. Getting outside has always helped me get peace of mind."


“This property acquisition creates the only county park that is more than 10,000 acres in size,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “The addition of this landscape to the county’s park system will not only increase opportunities for future trail development but also support 70 miles of wild lands from Pleasanton to the Pacheco Pass and connect it to several thousand acres of Lick Observatory lands on top of Mt. Hamilton by the University of California.”

Located within the southern Alameda Creek Watershed, the property includes approximately five miles of Sulphur and Smith Creeks that drain to Isabel Creek and the Arroyo Hondo, which flows directly into the SFPUC’s Calaveras Reservoir.

“Calaveras Reservoir is our system’s largest Bay Area reservoir and is a crucial source of drinking water to our 2.6 million customers,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr. “By protecting the land and the animals and plants that depend upon it, we also protect the quality of a major Bay Area water supply.”

The Nature Conservancy, through an endowment funded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), will monitor the conservation easement in perpetuity. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will own and manage the property as part of Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Read the entire article on The Nature Conservancy’s website, here.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 12:00 PM

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Oilers continue food recovery efforts

It’s hard to imagine 14,000 pounds of food. To put it into perspective, it’s about the same weight as five cars. That’s how much food has been donated to the Edmonton Food Bank’s Second Helping program since October 2010, when the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Oilers, Oil Kings, Dominion Sports Service and Northlands partnered to save and freeze any left over, prepared and unused food from concerts and hockey games as part of the NHL Rock & Wrap It Up Food Recovery Program.

In 2010, the National Hockey League launched the food recovery program to combat waste and fight hunger across North America. All 30 of the League's Member Clubs have committed to pack up all prepared but untouched concession food on game nights for redistribution to local shelters and places of need.

The League was celebrated by both Beyond Sport and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the initiative, which has diverted over 210 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters with more than 320,000 meals since its inception in 2010.

This October, the Oilers continued their program with a gift of over 1,000 pounds of food.

“As fast as it comes in, it goes out,” said Tamisan Bencz-Knight, Manager, Strategic Relations & Partnerships, Edmonton Food Bank. “What’s so nice about (the food) is it’s prepared. You just need to thaw it, warm it and serve it. The quality of the product is amazing and it’s simple and easy program to run.”

The most recent donation from Rexall Place benefited Our House addiction recovery agency which focus their efforts on supporting men working to rebuild their lives.

“When you think that all this food could go to waste rather than being used to benefit other people, it’s clear the program is a win-win for everybody," said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. “This program just makes so much sense and the benefits are seen at agencies around Oil Country.”

To read the entire article, visit the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation page.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.13.2012 / 9:00 AM

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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

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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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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 12:30 PM

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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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