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.