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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.

EPA honors clubs' commitment to food recovery

Friday, 03.18.2011 / 12:06 PM / NHL Green


The United States' Environmental Protection Agency plans to honor the NHL's four Midwestern clubs for their commitment to recovering all prepared but untouched concession food as part of the NHL's partnership with Rock and Wrap it Up!

In October, the NHL announced a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up! to fight hunger and prevent waste across the United States and Canada. This season, all 30 of the League's clubs have committed to work with RWU to pack up all prepared but unsold concession food on game nights for redistribution to local shelters and places of need. As of March 1, NHL clubs have provided 120,000 meals while keeping more than 80 tons of food waste from landfills.

NHL encourages Japan disaster donations

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 4:36 PM / NHL Green


Following this weekend's tragic earthquake in Japan and the resultant tsunamis which have effected the entire Pacific, the NHL is encouraging fans to donate money to the Red Cross disaster relief fund to aid the relief effort.

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.

NHL Green making All-Star environmentally friendly

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 1:04 PM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- While the most talented hockey players in the world are thrilling fans on the ice, the National Hockey League, the Carolina Hurricanes and the RBC Center will ensure that the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities are conducted in ways that protect the planet.

As part of its multi-faceted sustainability initiative NHL Green, the National Hockey League will partner with the host Hurricanes, the City of Raleigh, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Rock and Wrap It Up! and North Carolina State University to minimize the environmental impact from the various All-Star Weekend festivities Jan. 28-30.

Among the endeavors:

The RBC Center, host venue for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, will maintain its usual diligence in being environmentally friendly. The arena's 150 recycling bins, which annually divert up to 40 tons of waste from landfills, will help sort all plastic, glass and aluminum waste generated from concession sales. Outside the arena, tailgate recycling will be coordinated by the NHL, Carolina Hurricanes and 86it, a division of Wake County Environmental Services.

NHL, Rock and Wrap It Up! annnounce partnership to distribute unused concession food to those in need

Tuesday, 10.12.2010 / 11:45 AM / NHL Green


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League is partnering with Rock and Wrap It Up! to fight hunger across the United States and Canada.  This season, all 30 of the League's Member Clubs have committed to work with RWU to pack up all prepared but unsold concession food on game nights for redistribution to local shelters and places of need.

Several NHL Clubs have long-established working relationships with Rock and Wrap It Up! and have donated more than 170,000 meals since 2007. As of Opening Night of the 2010-11 season, all 30 are ensuring that their excess in-arena food doesn't go to waste and that fewer families in North America go to bed hungry, making the NHL the first sports league to have all of its Member Clubs participate in Rock and Wrap It Up!

CONSOL Energy Center earns LEED Gold Certification

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 2:37 PM / NHL Green
CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability, it was announced today by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), established by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the nationally-accepted standard for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED ratings are based on a points system organized by categories such as energy and atmosphere, building materials and resources, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.

Richter: Gulf oil spill a wakeup call

Tuesday, 07.13.2010 / 5:26 PM / NHL Green

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Former NHL goaltender Mike Richter says the oil that's been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months following the explosion of a BP-leased rig on April 20 has to serve as a wakeup call toward the growth of renewable energy.

"This is not BP's problem, not even the gulf's problem. This is all of our problem," Richter said in a conference call sponsored by the Sierra Club after he and Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference were among a group of athletes who took a boat tour of the Gulf Coast region on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the impact of the continuing oil spill.

"We have an opportunity here to use this as a wakeup call. We can do an awful lot -- we're not expecting to get off fossil fuels by the weekend, but we have to understand that we need to move in the right direction."
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