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Wild Takes Part In NHL Green Week

by Ross Hollebon / Minnesota Wild

Today marks the culmination of the NHL’s first-ever Green Week, showcasing sustainability 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.

“Athletics depend on a clean environment,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a video prepared for NHL Green Week. “Clean air, clean water, are all aspects that are important for the world and for sports, particularly hockey.”

And this rings especially true in the State of Hockey, where winter hosts backyard rinks and pond hockey and the lakes and wilderness are a primary resource for enjoying nature year round.

The Minnesota Wild will use its game Saturday to highlight its long held belief in sustainability and support the league initiative, while playing in one of the greenest buildings in sports and entertainment.

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium form a campus of buildings that is the only complex in the world to earn certification by LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM.

On Saturday the Wild and Xcel Energy Center will activate in different ways, in and around the arena, providing awareness for Green Week and engagement opportunities for fans.

Highlights include:

  • The Wild logo designed out of fresh cut flowers, at Sec. 113, courtesy of Hy-Vee.
  • Earth Hour: From 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, the campus of Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre will participate in the globally-recognized Earth Hour by darkening the venues’ exterior signs and marquees
  • Twitter Contest: From 11 a.m. Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday, fans can share their favorite green tip using #NHLGreen for a chance to win some cool Wild prizes.
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