For the second consecutive year, all 30 NHL facilities have pledged their commitment to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, the world’s largest annual public action for the environment. On Saturday, March 23, all NHL arenas will join hundreds of millions of homes and businesses worldwide, switching-off non-essential lighting for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time. Eighteen of the League’s 30 Clubs will be in action that Saturday.
The MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, is implementing some of their own initiatives for this Saturday including:
- Shutting 95 percent of the lighting off in the building
- Gas boilers and electric boilers will be shut off
- ALL gas roof top and air handling units will be shut off
- Ice plant compressors and pumps will be cycled off for that period
True North Sports & Entertainment is also extending this initiative to staff, hoping that they will participate in Earth Hour 2013 in their own homes as well. While energy builds on the ice with Playoff positions at stake, all facilities 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.
NHL Green is further supporting this initiative by reducing energy usage at NHL headquarters in New York City at that time.
"The NHL is a great example of how an organization with immense influence can motivate its members, players, partners and fans to take action to protect the Earth,” said Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour. “As our planet warms, outdoor ice hockey areas – where future NHL heroes practice – are at risk, due to shorter ice seasons. We challenge the NHL to take its crucial role in environmental initiatives like Earth Hour and go beyond the hour, to not only protect the future of the sport, but also the future of the planet for coming generations."
NHL Green encourages all fans to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23 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.