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Bruins Accept EPA Merit Award

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins were recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency by receiving the Environmental Merit Award during a special ceremony held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney was on hand to accept the award.

The Bruins were recognized for their involvement with the "Rock and Wrap it Up!" initiative.

The Rock and Wrap it Up! project was founded by Syd Mandelbaum, a forensic scientist who in 1991 combined his love of music with a passion for wiping out hunger by redistributing leftover food from rock concerts.

The program now works with more than 150 bands, 200 schools and universities and 50 sports franchises. It has collected more than 100 million pounds of food to feed more than 200 million people.

At the start of the 2010 -11 season, the Bruins joined the NHL's green initiative and partnered with Rock and Wrap It Up! to help fight hunger throughout the United States and Canada. The Boston Bruins committed to work with Rock and Wrap it Up! to pack up all prepared but unsold concession food and give it to local shelters and places in need citywide.

To date, the Bruins have donated 4,950 meals and 6,950 pounds of food to the Boston Rescue Mission. Including TD Garden’s contributions, a cumulative total of 15.5 tons of food has been donated to the Boston Rescue Mission.

The Merit Awards recognize valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving and are a unique way that EPA can recognize individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways.

Wednesday's ceremony recognized over 25 individuals and business and organizations and began with a welcome by Curt Spalding, Massachusetts regional administrator for the EPA.

Spalding announced the day’s ceremonies marked the 40th anniversary of the EPA and was a celebration of the oldest awards tradition in the country.

“The environmental world tends to be a group of friends with common goals,” Spalding said.

The Boston Bruins Organization joined that group today.

Prior to the presentation of the Bruins’ award, given by two members of the Massachusetts regional offices of the EPA, the crowd of over one hundred watched a recent NBC Nightly News spot recognizing the Bruins involvement with the Rock and Wrap it Up! project.

As Sweeney crossed the stage to accept the award he was accompanied by the sounds of an accordionist playing the Superman theme song and thunderous applause from the audience.

The plaque Sweeney received to in recognition of the awards is made up of 100 percent recyclable material.

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