From March 12-18, the National Hockey League and its member clubs, as part of the first-ever NHL Green Week, will showcase its greening programs and initiatives that are reducing the League's environmental impact, while calling on fans and partners to accelerate a movement toward a healthier planet.
Today's Tip: Go for Green, Clean Tech
Electricity usage leads to adverse environmental impacts. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from electricity production have been linked to climate change. Big screen, high-definition TVs, for example, make watching hockey from home more exciting than ever but not everyone is aware of the energy cost associated with their TVs and cable boxes. According to researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, who track the conditions of backyard ice rinks, the number of days where it's possible to skate outside will decline by 34 percent in Toronto and Montreal, and by 19 percent in Calgary by 2090.
In an effort to combat greenhouse gas emissions, NHL arenas are minimizing environmental footprints through clean technology such as LED sports lights, solid oxide fuel cells and ENERGY STAR products. These green technologies enhance environmental efforts, improve operations and cut down costs.
The LED lights not only reduce glare and improve game presentation for the fans and visibility for the players, they dramatically cut energy usage. The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was the first All-Star Game to be played under LED lights. The NHL also has partnered with Constellation in an effort to counterbalance greenhouse gas emissions which result from operations such as player travel, electricity consumption and waste, by investing in Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates and Green-e certified offsets.