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NHL Green

NHL facilities celebrate Earth Hour 2013

All 30 NHL arenas join global call to action in support of the environment

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 3:30 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive year, all 30 NHL facilities have pledged their commitment to World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour, the world's largest annual public action for the environment.

On Saturday, March 23, all NHL arenas will join hundreds of millions of homes and businesses worldwide, switching-off non-essential lighting for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time. Eighteen of the League's 30 Clubs will be in action that Saturday.

While energy builds on the ice with Playoff positions at stake, all facilities will scale back the electricity used in their operations during the globally recognized hour.

The goal of Earth Hour is to show the world that even taking the seemingly smallest measures to conserve energy is a big step in the right direction for communities, businesses and governments across the globe.

NHL winner of 2013 Communitas Award

NHL Green recognized as leader in ethical and environmental responsibility

Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 4:02 PM / NHL Green


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."

NHL encourages support for Hurricane Sandy victims

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 12:15 PM / NHL Green


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 (http://american.redcross.org/nhl-pub), call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Richter addresses Sports and Sustainability conference at the White House

Monday, 07.23.2012 / 12:31 PM / NHL Green


WASHINGTON -- The National Hockey League participated in a Sports and Sustainability conference at the White House Thursday morning in which top government officials and influential sports executives came together to discuss the current state of greening in professional sports and the industry's growing embrace of energy efficiency, water conservation, smarter recycling, healthier food and the role sport can play in spreading the environmental message.

The forum was tied to the Administration's Better Buildings Initiative.

Former New York Rangers goaltender and Stanley Cup champion Mike Richter, now a principal at Healthy Planet Partners, was among the panelists.

"There is a perfect intersection between the environment and human health," Richter said "It should not be considered a rare thing for sports to be talked about in the same breath as the environment."

NHL Green launches legacy tree project for '12 Draft

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 2:49 PM / NHL Green


PITTSBURGH -- As part of the League's commitment to preserve and support the local environments of host cities for NHL events, NHL Green introduces a legacy tree project in Pittsburgh for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The NHL Foundation is donating 30 trees in total, representing each Member Club's commitment to sustainability. In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tree Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh, the trees will neighbor the CONSOL Energy Center, the first NHL venue to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The project will introduce large, leafy trees -- the appropriate species to be determined by Tree Pittsburgh's staff arborist -- to provide shade for Pittsburgh's downtown pedestrian traffic. A number of the incoming trees will replace those that have been lost due to insects, disease, storms, drought, and age related decline.

York becomes official HVAC partner of the NHL

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 12:10 PM / NHL Green


LAS VEGAS -- Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, and the National Hockey League today announced the York brand has become the official heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) partner of the NHL in North America for the 2012-13 season.

Under the agreement, announced today in Las Vegas at the 2012 NHL Awards media availability, York not only becomes an official partner of the NHL and the official HVAC partner of the League, but also a proud supporter of NHL Green, an official partner of the NHL Draft, a proud partner of the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, a proud partner of the NHL Awards, and the official HVAC partner of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

"We look forward to working with the York brand on a number of exciting activations to build brand awareness and preference among NHL fans throughout North America," said Brian Jennings, NHL executive vice president of marketing. "As the newest supporter of NHL Green, we welcome York's expertise and assistance in our mission to attain greater energy efficient standards across the League."

NHL Green nominated for 2012 beyond sport award

NHL Water Restoration Project Shortlisted for 2012 "Sport for Environment Award"

Wednesday, 05.30.2012 / 12:00 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- For the second year in a row, the National Hockey League has been nominated for Beyond Sport's Sport for Environment Award. The League's Water Restoration Project is one of three contenders for 2012.

The League was celebrated as the Sport for Environment winner in 2011 for a League-wide food recovery program which has diverted over 200 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters with more than 300,000 meals since its inception in 2010.

The NHL Water Restoration Project was launched officially in June 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwater scarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey.

The League is working actively to reduce water consumption in NHL arenas while supporting efforts to conserve and protect depleted watercourses in the Northwest through a partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

NHL Green, Sterling Planet to counterbalance carbon emissions associated with the 2012 Cup Playoffs

NHL becomes first professional sports league to join EPA's Green Power Partnership

Tuesday, 05.08.2012 / 1:19 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- NHL Green has teamed up with Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider of environmental assets for corporate, utility and government clients, to mitigate the environmental impact of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sterling Planet will supply the NHL with all environmental assets needed for the League to counterbalance the estimated carbon emissions resulting from arena electricity consumption during all Playoff games and team air travel throughout the Playoffs, based on conservative projections of the expected carbon footprint associated with the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Visitors to Cup fountain encouraged to try tap water

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 5:18 PM / NHL Green

Paul LaCaruba - Special to NHL.com

Visitors to New York City's Times Square on Wednesday had a unique opportunity -- to drink from the Stanley Cup, a time-honored NHL tradition, only in this case a 21-foot high, 6,600-pound replica which will serve as a working water fountain, dispensing pure, clean New York City tap water from several spouts at the base of the fountain.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined members of NBC Sports and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On this occasion, the 35-pound Stanley Cup stood in front of the replica where fans will be able to drink.

The water provided at the Stanley Cup fountain comes from the pristine Catskill Mountains 100 miles from NYC. NBC Sports, the NHL and NYC Water are providing reusable souvenir cups to the public.

"Thank you to the City of New York and Commissioner [Carter] Strickland for working with us and giving everybody the opportunity to drink terrific New York City water," Bettman said.

NHL's 'Gallons for Goals' initiative restores more than six million gallons of water for 2011-2012

NRDC and NHL Green celebrate with 'Hockey Depends on Water' PSA

Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 12:14 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today that through its Gallons for Goals initiative more than 6.7 million gallons of water will replenish a critically dewatered river in the Northwest.

This season, NHL Green introduced Gallons for Goals, a season-long commitment focusing on the issue of freshwater scarcity. The NHL Foundation pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critically dewatered river for every goal scored during the 2011-12 regular season, which drew to a close on Saturday.

Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks notched the final tally of the season, bringing the League's total goal scoring to 6,726. Through Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) innovative Water Restoration Certificate Program, the League will replenish Oregon's Deschutes River, helping to restore streamflow to the watercourse.

To further this initiative, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has produced a PSA titled "Hockey Depends on Water," illustrating a joint effort with the League to preserve, protect and restore bodies of freshwater.

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