NEW YORK -- Communitas Awards announced today that the National Hockey League is the winner of the 2013 Leadership in Ethical and Environmental Responsibility category for the League's NHL Green initiative.
The Communitas Awards judges determined that the "National Hockey League clearly exhibits the spirit of communitas, a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community."
The League was recognized for its full portfolio of environmental initiatives, including efforts in food recovery, water restoration and renewable energy. Since its inception in 2010, the primary focus of NHL Green has been to lessen the environmental impact of the sport of hockey by promoting sustainable business practices and operations among its member clubs and raising awareness of environmental concerns among fans and partners.
"For years, hockey players of all ages and skill levels have learned to skate in the fresh air atop naturally frozen lakes and ponds," said Bernadette Mansur, SVP of Public Affairs and NHL Green. "The NHL is honored to receive this environmental Communitas Award, and we remain committed to protecting and preserving hockey's outdoor roots by advancing our sustainability efforts throughout the League, its member clubs and our fans and partners."
This marks the League's third major environmental award, having been recognized in 2011 by Beyond Sport as Sport for the Environment and celebrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on America Recycles Day 2011.
According to the Communitas Awards, the National Hockey League joins other businesses, organizations and individuals recognized for programs involving volunteerism, philanthropy, or ethical or sustainable business practices. Nominees were evaluated on the extent of the effectiveness of their program. A complete list of winners can be found on the Communitas website at www.communitasawards.com.