NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the commencement of the first-ever NHL Green™ Week, celebrating the League's commitment to environmental sustainability.
From March 12-18, the NHL® and its Clubs will showcase their greening programs and initiatives that are reducing the League's overall environmental impact, while calling on fans and partners to accelerate the movement toward a healthier planet.
"The efforts we make today toward a more sustainable planet will impact not only our sport but future generations," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "All of our Clubs support NHL Green environmental programs, and NHL Green Week is an important initiative to create even more attention for, and awareness of, this critical priority for the National Hockey League."
All greenhouse gas emissions resulting from operations during NHL Green™ Week will be counterbalanced through investments in wind power and methane gas capture from landfills, based on the League's partnership with Constellation, the NHL's Preferred Energy Choice. This is part of the NHL's broader effort to counterbalance its greenhouse gas footprint for the entire 2015-16 season with the purchase of 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e Energy Certified RECs and Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to match 126,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e).
In addition, the League will restore 7.5 million gallons of water to the Colorado River, equal to the total estimated water consumption from each venue for one home game -- from ice-making to restrooms to concessions -- through its partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
The NHL also announced that all 30 Clubs have become members of the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit organization that leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities.
"The NHL has for years been a global leader in ecological responsibility, pioneering water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling, food donations and fan engagement throughout the League," Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, President of the Green Sports Alliance, said. "Now, with all NHL Clubs signed on as members of the Green Sports Alliance, the League's commitment to responsible environmental stewardship rises to a new level of accomplishment."
Each NHL Club has been actively engaged in long-term sustainable strategies to effectively reduce energy, water and waste through the adoption of new technologies and strategies that have minimized impacts and costs.
The NHL now ranks as the 20th-largest user of green power in the U.S., according to the EPA's Green Power Partnership, and was recognized with the 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.
To follow NHL Green Week activities and for more information on NHL Green, please visit NHL.com/green.