Tuesday, March 25, 2014GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
The Phoenix Coyotes and World Wildlife Fund are asking fans to participate in Earth Hour 2014 this Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. While energy builds on the ice with playoff positions at stake, some NHL arenas will scale back the electricity used in their operations during the globally recognized hour. 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.
Fans attending the Coyotes game versus the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, March 29 will get a chance to see the many ways that Jobing.com Arena and the Coyotes support this worthy cause. Fans not attending the game against the Wild are encouraged to turn their non-essential lights off for one hour and commit to reducing their environmental impact.
"The Phoenix Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena continue to take significant strides toward reducing their environmental impact," said Omar Mitchell, Director of Sustainability at the National Hockey League. "From real-time electrical data monitoring, to green cleaning applications, to more sustainable food and kitchen operations, the Coyotes are implementing best practices throughout the facility."
Perhaps the most innovative and effective environmental effort at Jobing.com Arena, home of the Coyotes, is the facility's energy-saving demand response program. In cooperation with Arena operators Global Spectrum, the Coyotes first identified curtailment measures such as scaling back lighting usage and air conditioning. When the electric grid is constrained, the organization voluntarily implements energy-reducing measures without affecting game operations.
Jobing.com Arena is also improving infrastructure and operations to help save water. Recently, the facility installed dual flush water saving handles in the most utilized restrooms. Global Spectrum and the Phoenix Coyotes are proud members of the Green Sports Alliance.
Working alongside concessionaire partner Levy Restaurants, the Coyotes have established sustainability-oriented policies at Jobing.com Arena including a robust green purchasing program and a sustainable food sourcing policy. Even the beer cups are made out of post-consumer recycled content and kitchen-cooking oil is recycled and often repurposed into bio-diesel.
The Coyotes also participate in the NHL Food Recovery Program in which prepared but untouched food is donated to Church of the Street, a local Phoenix-based shelter, to feed the less fortunate.
NHL Green encourages all fans to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29 and commit to making small adjustments that reduce their impact on the natural environment.
About Earth Hour: Earth Hour was launched in 2007 by World Wildlife Fund. In 2012, millions of organizations and people switched off their lights for the globally recognized hour, including more than 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories, including landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome's Coliseum and Empire State Building.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PhoenixCoyotes.com or call 480-563-PUCK.