NEW YORK - In a continuing effort to reduce its environmental impact and move toward a healthier planet, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the renewal of its partnership with Constellation, a leading competitive energy company.
In the third year of the partnership, the 2016-17 NHL season, Constellation will support the launch of NHL Greener Rinks™, an initiative that will measure and evaluate the environmental impact of community ice rinks across North America. NHL Greener Rinks will survey arenas before building a platform to communicate best practices and new technologies that aim to advance environmental sustainability within the industry. Through Constellation's Efficiency Made Easy program, eligible facilities contracting for energy supply with Constellation will have the opportunity to implement energy conservation measures with no upfront investment. Constellation also will continue to work with the NHL to conduct energy efficiency analyses and recommend energy management strategies for the League's facilities.
The renewal announcement follows the release by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of new commitments on climate and sport on October 6, the inaugural Green Sports Day. In a letter signed by President Barack Obama, available here, the NHL was recognized for embracing renewable energy. In addition, the NHL/Constellation NHL Greener Rinks initiative was cited in the OSTP report.
"Environmentally sustainable business practices remain a priority for our League and all our constituent groups," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Through initiatives such as NHL Greener Rinks with our great partners at Constellation, our commitment today will help shape the game of tomorrow - forging an important legacy for future generations of players and fans."
"Constellation congratulates the NHL on being recognized by the White House as a leader in the advancement of environmental awareness throughout the sports industry," said Joe Nigro, CEO of Constellation. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the NHL to support their energy and environmental goals, and working with community rinks across North America to reduce their environmental impact through the NHL Greener Rinks program."
The NHL remains the first and only professional sports league in North America to conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and counterbalance its total estimated footprint - 550,000 metric tons CO2 equivalent (CO2E) emissions - through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets. The NHL is listed at no. 25 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership list, which represents the largest green power users in the country. For more information on NHL Green, the League's sustainability initiative, visit NHL.com/Green.