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.
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Green power is electricity generated from renewable energy sources that are environmentally friendly such as solar, wind, biomass and hydropower. There are adverse environmental impacts related to electricity usage and greenhouse gas emissions including climate change and global warming.
The NHL ranks No. 20 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Top 100 list of largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league to achieve the distinction. In partnership with Constellation, the NHL has counterbalanced its entire carbon footprint for the 2015-2016 season with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets." Arenas are using more environmentally friendly power sources including on-site solar power and fuel cell technology as well as regionally based sources such as deep-lake water cooling, hydro, cogeneration and geothermal.
Those efforts are complemented by the League's carbon offset initiative. For two years in a row, the NHL and Constellation have offset the League's carbon footprint for the entire season (550,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide). The NHL was recognized with the 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. EPA for its leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.