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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.

NHL Green advances sustainability for the 2011 Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 5:08 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK (June 24, 2011) -- NHL Green, the National Hockey League’s sustainability initiative, today announced its commitment to fostering a healthy environment for fans, players and Club representatives at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The League, in partnership with Xcel Energy Center and the Minnesota Wild, has designed several ecological measures in furtherance of a common sustainable goal.

Prior to the first selection of the 2011 NHL Draft, Don Zinger, Chief of Staff of the Office of Air & Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will address all in attendance. Mr. Zinger will announce the NHL’s commitment to the EPA's ENERGY STAR and WasteWise programs, making it the first professional sports league to join either program. The EPA will then recognize the ongoing efforts in energy and waste reduction by the Xcel Energy Center and Minnesota Wild, acknowledging their commitment to the EPA WasteWise and ENERGY STAR programs.

NHL Green launches water restoration program

Powered by Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Wednesday, 06.01.2011 / 3:29 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK – NHL Green, the National Hockey League's sustainability initiative, today unveils the NHL Water Restoration Project, an unprecedented commitment to balancing the League's water footprint that will make the 2011 Stanley Cup Final the first ever water-neutral series in League history.

Through the project, the NHL has pledged to restore at least one million gallons of water to Oregon's Deschutes River, replenishing an important resource in a critically dewatered ecosystem.  Total water used throughout Rogers Arena and TD Garden, from the faucets to the ice surface, will be tracked and its equivalent restored through Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Water Restoration Certificates™.

NHL encourages support for Joplin victims

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 1:00 PM / NHL Green


The May 22 tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri was the deadliest single U.S. tornado in nearly 60 years.  The NHL is encouraging fans to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief fund to help victims.

To help aid the relief effort, fans can donate via the League's NHL Green site or through the American Red Cross here.

Donations can also be made via text message by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.

Boston Bruins receive environmental merit award from U.S. Department of Environmental Protection

Club's food recovery effort is part of NHL partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up!

Tuesday, 05.17.2011 / 10:20 AM / NHL Green


NEW YORK – On Wednesday, May 11, the Boston Bruins received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Merit Award for their efforts in food waste recovery and prevention.  Since the beginning of the season, the Bruins have collected and donated prepared but untouched food after each home game at TD Garden.

In partnership with Delaware North Companies Sportservice and the Boston Rescue Mission, the Bruins' food recovery initiative has diverted 6,950 pounds of food waste from landfill while providing the Mission with 5,219 meals. The Bruins' Rock and Wrap It Up! program captured the front page headline of the January 18, 2011, edition of the Boston Globe and was featured on the “Making a Difference” segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in April.


Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Sabres celebrated for commitment to protecting the environment

NHL clubs recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region 2

Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 1:06 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and New York Rangers have been selected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 as recipients of the 2011 Environmental Quality Award in recognition of their participation in the Rock and Wrap It Up! food recovery program.

The award, which celebrates each Club's outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health, is the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA.  Its announcement came just days after EPA Region 5 completed its tour of the NHL's Midwest Clubs, recognizing the environmental achievements of the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and Minnesota Wild


NHL clubs demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through Earth Day activities

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 3:13 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK – Throughout the NHL season and in celebration of the 41st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, NHL Clubs have implemented environmental programs in their communities and sustainability efforts in their facilities.  Here is a snapshot of how several NHL Clubs have participated in activities and events leading up to and around Earth Day:

Anaheim: All season long, the Ducks supported environmental preservation through the "Green Goal Shootout" program, presented by Pinnacle Landscape. With every Ducks shootout victory, Pinnacle Landscape donated a tree to the new development at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. On Earth Day, Ducks fans who bring recyclable materials to Anaheim Ice, the Ducks' practice facility, will have an opportunity to participate in the "Ducks Grab Bag" to win prizes and merchandise.

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