NEW YORK -- For the second year in a row, the National Hockey League has been nominated for Beyond Sport's Sport for Environment Award. The League's Water Restoration Project is one of three contenders for 2012.
The League was celebrated as the Sport for Environment winner in 2011 for a League-wide food recovery program which has diverted over 200 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters with more than 300,000 meals since its inception in 2010.
The NHL Water Restoration Project was launched officially in June 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwater scarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey.
The League is working actively to reduce water consumption in NHL arenas while supporting efforts to conserve and protect depleted watercourses in the Northwest through a partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
For the Project's launch, the League tracked and balanced the in-arena water footprint of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, restoring the equivalent amount of water used in Boston and Vancouver – one million gallons – to a watershed in the Northwest United States.
Subsequently, the League tracked the water consumed over the course of the 2012 Winter Classic, mitigating the 3.5 million gallons of water used in Philadelphia.
NHL Green introduced Gallons for Goals, a second phase to the project, earlier this year. For every goal scored during the regular season, the League restored 1,000 gallons of water to a river in critical health. The watercourse was replenished with more than 6.7 million gallons through the initiative.
The League is pledging to continue the Water Restoration Project with the second-ever water-neutral Stanley Cup Final for 2012.
Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world, accepted entries in nine categories covering the entire sporting spectrum of health, social inclusion, philanthropy and corporate and social responsibility. More than 300 projects were entered worldwide for the 2012 Awards.
Award winners will be selected by a panel of Beyond Sport Ambassadors and announced at the fourth annual Beyond Sport Summit, taking place in London from July 23-25.