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Canucks Sports & Entertainment announce founding membership in Green Sports Alliance

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CS & E) is proud to announce its involvement as one of the six founding members of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) as part of their ongoing environmental initiatives.

As a founding member, Canucks Sports & Entertainment has committed to continuously improve upon environmental practices. The GSA offers an opportunity for leagues, teams and venues to build on individual greening initiatives by working together to implement effective, science-based and measurable environmental programs.

Founding members of the GSA include the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, MLB’s Seattle Mariners, NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, WNBA’s Seattle Storm and MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC. Members of the GSA representing sporting facilities include Safeco Field (Seattle), Qwest Field and Qwest Field Event Center (Seattle), KeyArena at Seattle Center (Seattle), the Rose Garden (Portland) and Rogers Arena (Vancouver). These organizations are working in close partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Region 10 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Portland State University to identify and adopt innovative environmental initiatives and share information about opportunities to measure and reduce their impact on the environment. Canucks Sports & Entertainment is committed to demonstrating continued progress in environmental understanding and practices to help reduce our ecological footprint. CS & E has begun to implement environmental practices, including recycling programs and energy conservation programs, and are working on implementing strategies to further reuse, recycle and reduce products and services at Rogers Arena. “Canucks Sports & Entertainment takes pride in our commitment to our community,” said Victor de Bonis, COO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “As a company we are dedicated to helping support the children of British Columbia through fundraising to support their health and wellness, education and grass roots hockey programs. As a responsible community leader we also must do our best for environmental sustainability – for current and future generations. It became imperative for us to be a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance. We believe that by exchanging ideas and through open dialogue we can have a positive impact in our community and can also effect change in the entire Pacific Northwest through the newly formed Alliance.”

“The NHL strongly supports the greening efforts of the Vancouver Canucks," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Their participation in the Green Sports Alliance brings teams together from all professional leagues in the Pacific Northwest and aligns with the NHL's environmental initiatives. This effort holds the promise of even further greening of professional sports."

“The commitment by six professional teams based in the Pacific Northwest, from five different professional leagues, to enhance their ecological profile in a meaningful and public way marks a watershed in the history of professional sports. This type of inter‐league collaboration is unprecedented,” said Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council. “Sports are dependent on statistics and the Green Sports Alliance's commitment to systematically measure and document the environmental practices of all member organizations underscores their leadership and commitment to making environmental progress. All professional leagues should follow this important example."

CS & E has worked closely with BC Hydro Power Smart prior to the construction of Rogers Arena to ensure the building was designed using the most current technologies for energy conservation. The relationship continues to this day where ongoing conversations occur to identify areas of improvement and to inform the organization of the state-of-the-art electrical conservation products that can be utilized. Variable Frequency Drives and Product Management Software have been installed to help control heat and electricity varying levels based on usage needs. CS & E has begun retro-fitting lights and appliances, choosing to utlise LED and energy star products for upgrades. The goal of the relationship with BC Hydro Power Smart is to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability through products and behaviors.

CS & E has also installed hardware in a number of areas in the building to conserve water usage, including waterless urinals, no touch sensor faucets and low-flow toilets.

Aramark, the food services provider for Rogers Arena, is a member of “Ocean Wise.” This program helps to facilitate environmentally friendly seafood choices for consumers, highlighting “Ocean Wise” products on the menu.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment has worked diligently to recycle materials used in Rogers Arena, reducing landfill waste. Items recycled include: construction materials (lamps, batteries, metals, etc.), office paper and cardboard, glass, plastic and metal packaging. CS & E is also in its’ second season of concourse recycling for bottles, allowing patrons to engage in environmental sustainability. All washroom products in Rogers Arena are made from recycled paper. Aramark kitchens and concession stands recycle oils used for cooking into bio diesel fuel. In addition, all old uniforms are recycled where the textile fabric is processed through a fiber reclamation program turning the fabric into a reusable shoddy fiber.

Rock & Wrap It Up!
In conjunction with Aramark, the food services provider for Rogers Arena, all prepared but unserved concession food on game nights is redistributed to the Vancouver Food Bank. As of Opening Night of the 2010.11 season, all 30 NHL clubs have ensured 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! Since the inception of the programs 60 lbs of food per game has been reduced in waste.

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