The Minnesota Wild took steps towards a greener State of Hockey on Tuesday morning.
More than 40 staff members from various departments met in Lilydale Regional Park along a half-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul to help keep Minnesota beautiful.
“We’ve got to take care of our beautiful lakes and rivers,” said Kate Setley, Director of Event Management and Marketing at Saint Paul RiverCentre, Xcel Energy Center. “Water is such a part of Minnesota. We love the community that supports the Minnesota Wild and all of our venues, so today we are picking up trash, making things cleaner and taking care of our environment.”
Sporting light green shirts with a dark green version of the Wild logo and the words “Creating A Greater State Of Hockey,” the “Wild Green Team” cleared garbage from the area ranging from cigarette butts and food wrappers to a rusted refrigerator and a hot water heating pump that found its way ashore.
Today’s efforts will be part of regularly scheduled clean up events by the team as the Wild continues to lead the way to better sustainability and green practices amongst venues and sports teams.
“Taking care of our natural resources is really important. We need to work hard to ensure our footprint at the end of games and events is as little as possible,” Setley said. “We do that through recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation and finding ways that we can make a positive impact.”
To learn how you and your family and friends can get involved with Adopt-A-River, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
For more information on our campus-wide sustainability efforts, visit www.xcelenergycenter.com/sustainability.