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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.

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

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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.
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