The NHL became a Member of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) in June 2011. The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The organization inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace energy and water efficiency; renewable energy; sustainable food; responsible procurement; socially responsible practices; and other environmentally preferable actions. GSA members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 different sports leagues and 14 countries. All 31 NHL Member Clubs are part of the Green Sports Alliance. Learn more at greensportsalliance.org.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) advises the NHL on strategies to counterbalance its carbon and water footprint. The League- through BEF's innovative Water Restoration Certificates- maintains the largest water restoration initiative in professional sports, having restored more than 50 million gallons of water to rivers and streams in North America since 2011. The NHL annually balances water consumption of its arenas during the Final series and NHL Green Week, as well as through Gallons for Goals, which contributes 1,000 gallons of water for each goal scored during the regular season. Thanks to purchases made by all of its partners, BEF has collectively kept a combined total of more than 9.5 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere, generated more than 6 million-Megawatt-hours of clean energy, launched more than 250 renewable energy education projects across 20 states, restored 13.5 billion gallons of water to critically dewatered rivers and streams, and has supported the revitalization of 20 river ecosystems in 7 western states and Mexico. Learn more at www.b-e-f.org.
Hockey players build outdoor rinks to share them with friends, neighbors and family; to give us a place to play outside in the coldest months; to keep our kids healthy; and to give them a place to practice their skating skills and dream big. The rink is a physical manifestation of all the best qualities of our society. Through an initiative called RinkWatch, Wilfred Laurier University is using data provided by outdoor hockey players to track how variations in weather conditions are affecting skating seasons. The difference between -5°C and -4°C is a significant tipping point for the 'skatability' of natural, outdoor ice rinks; one degree in variation matters. Get in the game at rinkwatch.org.
Sport and Sustainability International
Through global partnerships with NGOs, the business community and government agencies, Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) is mobilizing the sports industry and its fans in support of the world's most progressive and meaningful ecological policies, including the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The NHL is a founding member and committed to advancing the power of sport around the world. Learn more at sandsi.org.