As the New York Islanders prepare to drop the puck on their 2009-10 season, the team will be sure not to leave their carbon footprints behind them.
Environmentally conscious changes all around Nassau Coliseum are being put into action with hopes of improving the community.
During each season, approximately 174,250 pages of paper are used to supply the media with game notes in the press box. Not to mention the 300 page media guide distributed to about 85 people, which collectively totals about 200,000 pieces of paper at the end of regular season.
In order to limit the excessive piles of paper, flash drives with the media notes and media guides will be handed out to the attending written media. Before each game, the media notes will be updated and redistributed with hopes of eliminating excessive paper usage.
The press box isn’t the only place where paper will be eliminated.
The Islanders’ Game Day magazine will be replaced with a new digital magazine sent through e-mail to nearly 60,000 fans and counting on every home game-day.
Islanders Illustrated is the magazine that the team used to publish each month. The magazine was a 35 page document that was distributed to at least 5,000 attendees per home game during the 2008-2009 season.
Instead of the wasteful handouts, the digital magazine was created as something that no team has distributed for each game. Pages of the magazine can be flipped through at the click of a button. Readers can explore feature stories, statistics on who’s been hot, prospect updates and morning skate line-ups. Video links will also be available throughout the magazine so if you missed last game’s highlights or a player’s Mic’D Up session, its all right there with the click of a button.
The Islanders effort to go green has also leaked over to the in-game experience. The initiative will continue to reach out to the fans at the games as well.
Players will offer tips to save energy and help the environment via the jumbotron throughout the game. The team will inform their fans with insightful hints such as drying your clothes in the same dryer consecutively to reuse the heat from the previous load.
As always, recycling bins will continue being placed around the Coliseum to encourage fans to recycle their plastics and bottles instead of tossing them in the trash.
With the players, administration and fans working together to contribute to the Islanders dedication to improve the environment and community, everyone can make a difference.