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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.


National Hockey League Clubs to honor Earth Hour

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 2:14 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- All 30 National Hockey League clubs 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 31st, 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 PM local time.

While the battles on the ice intensify, the building's energy consumption will decline. All facilities have pledged to scale back the energy used in their operations during the globally-recognized hour. Twenty of the League's 30 Clubs will be in action that evening.

NHL Green is further supporting this initiative by reducing energy usage at NHL headquarters in New York City at that time.

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 Green, NHL Foundation launch 'Gallons For Goals' to restore water to freshwater streams

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 1:38 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- As part of its commitment to maintaining healthy ecosystems that foster recreation and youth participation in sport, NHL Green™ has introduced Gallons for Goals™, a season-long commitment focusing on the issue of freshwater scarcity. The National Hockey League Foundation (NHLF) has pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critically dewatered river for every goal scored during the 2011-12 regular season.

The Foundation will support the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Water Restoration Certificate Program to help restore streamflow to Oregon's Deschutes River. The watercourse is a scenic gem with the potential to support world-class recreation and functioning aquatic ecosystems. Today, however, the region is plagued by disruptions in stream flow which have degraded habitats, resulting in poor water quality and a decline in the overall health of the river.

NHL Green, Restore Hockey to "Recycle the Game"

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 11:11 AM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- NHL Green has partnered with non-profit Restore Hockey to collect used equipment at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza in Philadelphia.

As part of the "Recycle the Game" program, all fans are encouraged to drop off their used hockey equipment at the Restore Hockey hut in Spectator Plaza on Citizens Bank Way. Restore Hockey volunteers will collect and refurbish all donated equipment, which will be delivered locally to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider which builds lives and unites communities through the game of hockey.

NHL Green reunites with Pennsylvania Resources Council for Winter Classic tailgate recycling initiative

Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 12:00 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- NHL Green today announced the expansion of a tailgate recycling initiative, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), to reduce the carbon footprint of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

Hockey fans tailgating before the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic are encouraged to participate in recycling efforts outside Citizens Bank Park on January 2. The Pennsylvania Resources Council, as part of the existing Recycle-A-Lot campaign in Philadelphia, will collect aluminum cans, glass containers, and plastic bottles and cups throughout stadium parking areas.

NHL Green winner of Sport for the Environment Award

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 2:47 PM / NHL Green
NEW YORK -- Beyond Sport announced today that NHL Green is the winner of the 2011 Sport for the Environment Award. The League was celebrated for the establishment and success of the NHL Food Recovery Program, which diverted over 105 tons of food waste from landfill over the 2010-11 regular season. The initiative recovered prepared but untouched meals from all 30 NHL facilities, providing over 163,000 meals to local shelters across North America. According to estimates provided by the U.S. EPA, the League reduced the equivalent of 79 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide (MtCO2) from the environment through this initiative.

The Beyond Sport Awards were presented in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2011 Beyond Sport Summit. The Sport for the Environment Award celebrates an organization which best promotes the understanding and awareness of environmental issues and reduces negative impacts on the natural environment.

The National Hockey League’s Food Recovery Program, launched League-wide in October of 2010, was one of three projects undergoing final consideration for this award. Stanley Cup Champion goaltender, environmentalist, and Beyond Sport Ambassador Mike Richter accepted the award on behalf of the League.

Bettman discusses initiatives at Beyond Sport summit

Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 5:48 PM / NHL Green

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The NHL's Gary Bettman was among three professional sports commissioners on hand Tuesday at Yankee Stadium taking part in a round-table discussion about the responsibility of teams and leagues to create a positive impact within communities and the environment.

Commissioners Roger Goodell of the NFL and Don Garber of the MLS also took part in the panel. The NBA's David Stern was scheduled to attend, but was forced to withdraw from the event.

The conversation about reaching out to fans and bettering the planet was part of a day-long event put together by Beyond Sport, a group chaired by former Great Britain and Northern Island Prime Minister Tony Blair that believes sports teams have an unrivaled ability to impact the populations of the cities in which they play.

When Bettman was asked why it's important for sports leagues and teams to take an interest in the environment, he offered an anecdotal, yet sound, answer.

NHL nominated twice at 2011 Beyond Sport Awards

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 12:49 PM / NHL Green


The NHL has been named to the prestigious Official Shortlist for the 2011 Beyond Sport Awards as a finalist in both the Sport for Environment and Federation of the Year categories, standing as one of 35 shortlisted organizations from nearly 400 worldwide entries -- and one of only two organizations to be shortlisted in multiple categories.
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