The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the National Hockey League as the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge Sports & Entertainment Venues corporate award winner.
In a letter from Cheryl Coleman, Director of EPA’s Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, the League was commended for its leadership in wasted food prevention and diversion.
“The NHL is serving as a true leader in sustainable food management,” said Coleman. “The League’s actions have created a foundation of innovation and achievement that will guide other organizations as they pursue environmental goals around sustainable food management.”
The NHL supports the mission to “Feed People -- Not Landfills.” Since 2010, NHL Clubs have participated in the NHL Food Recovery Initiative, which diverts approximately 100 tons of waste (equivalent to 160,000 meals) from going to landfills annually, by collecting prepared but untouched food after the game for donation to local shelters.
The League-wide initiative, launched in partnership with “Rock and Wrap It Up!” and arena concessionaires, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps to combat hunger in North America. The League has been recognized multiple times by the U.S. EPA for its efforts, and Beyond Sport presented the NHL with its 2011 Sport for Environment award in recognition of its commitment to food recovery.