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Lightning to Host 'Go Green Night' October 22

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host ‘Go Green Night’, presented by Waste Services of Florida, Tampa Electric Company (TECO) and Pro Shred, in conjunction with the St. Pete Times Forum’s Green Plan, to celebrate recycling and environmental awareness on October 22 when they take on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE).

Fans attending the game will be encouraged to assist in the St. Pete Times Forum’s green efforts by receiving ticket discounts for supporting green initiatives.  Those who ride their bike to the game will get into the game for FREE.  Fans that bring an old phone book to be recycled can receive a lower level ticket for $20 or a terrace level seat for just $5.  Regular discounts are also available.  For ticket information call Kelvin Woodson at 813.301.6832. 

A percentage of the ticket and special green Lightning hat proceeds will go to the Lightning Foundation to fund a Tampa Bay Lightning Green Grant.  Green hats will be available behind section 122 or by contacting the Lightning Foundation at 813.301.6764.  The Lightning Green Grant will be awarded at the conclusion of the season as part of the Lightning Foundation’s annual grant program.  The first 10,000 fans attending the game will receive an eco-friendly rally towel courtesy of Waste Services.

TECO will power the St. Pete Times Forum for the entire night with renewable energy through their Green Energy Program.  It is the second time in the history of the Times Forum that it will be run on renewable energy.  The first time was on November 1, 2008.  The first Go Green Night was held on February 27, 2007. There will also be multiple organizations on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza before the game to educate fans on various green programs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning organization is dedicated to the sustainability of the environment of the Tampa Bay Area through their Green Plan.  Green Plan’s mission is to make the Tampa Bay Area a better place to live, work and play for today’s and future generations. The organization is committed to doing everything they can to reduce their environmental footprint and to encourage fans to do the same in their homes. Together we will make a difference in the environment for today and tomorrow.

Through the Green Plan program, the Lightning recycle an average of 24,000 pounds of beverage containers annually, equal to 600,000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans, reducing air emissions by 286.5 tons.  The energy savings from recycling efforts equal a total of the energy used by 60 houses per year.  The Lightning have also recycled more than 85,274 pounds of metal as of June 2009 and save more than 1,665,000 gallons of water annually.  Through their paper recycling program the Lightning save 2,304 trees, 336,000 gallons of water, 22,224 gallons of oil and more than 144 cubic yards of landfill space each year. 

The Lightning won the Clean Air Partnership Award for Commuter Incentive and the Business Bike Challenge for encouraging the most employees to bike to work.  On March 28, 2009 the team participated, along with hundreds of millions people worldwide, in Earth Hour, switching off their lights in a vote for earth over global warming.  Recently the entire organization participated in the Mayor’s Beautification Campaign by cleaning the banks of the Hillsborough River along both the Cotanchobee and USF Parks.  The Lightning have adopted the parks and will keep them clean year-round. 

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