Monthly Archives: December 2014

Nationals Park the Sustainable Site of 2015 Winter Classic

The NHL has announced that the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals will play on an outdoor rink at Nationals Park for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic this year. The rink is constructed above the infield at National Park, which made history when it opened in 2008 as the nation’s first major sports venue to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification (Silver).

Previously a brownfield redevelopment, National Park has now been lauded for its greener building features such as the 6,300-square food green roof, the first atop any sports venue; high-efficiency field lighting and an LED scoreboard, which enhance both game presentation and have reduced energy consumption by 21%; water-efficient plumbing and bathroom fixtures that use 30% less water than comparable facilities, saving about 3.6 million gallons of water per year; and the wide variety of public transportation options, including rail, bike and nine bus routes—the ballpark even offers fans a unique bike valet service on game days.

Nationals Park will assist the NHL in tracking the energy use, water consumption, and waste diversion associated with the 2015 NHL Winter Classic. NHL will document transportation of players, as well as League and Club employees. Emissions resulting from the energy, water, waste and club transportation associated with the 2015 NHL Winter Classic will be counterbalanced through the NHL’s partnership with Constellation, which supports the development of renewable energy. This means that all energy needs will be met with an equivalent investment in clean electricity from wind or biomass sources.

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic, one of the NHL’s premiere events, helps celebrate hockey’s roots. Selecting Nationals Park, recognized as a leader in more sustainable venue design, reinforces the NHL’s commitment to sustainability and preserving the tradition of outdoor hockey.

Read the full article.


NHL Names Constellation Its Official Energy Provider

Released by the NHL:

– Constellation will offset carbon footprint across all 30 team markets –  

NEW YORK – In keeping with its priorities to reduce its environmental impact and accelerate a greater movement toward a healthier planet, the National Hockey League (NHL®) today named Constellation, a leading competitive energy and services company, as its official preferred energy provider. Constellation will work with the NHL to conduct energy efficiency analyses and recommend energy management strategies for the League’s facilities. At the NHL’s request, Constellation will also provide Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets to match the League’s estimated total carbon footprint – 550,000 metric tons – for the 2014-15 season.

“Our partnership with Constellation advances our commitment to promoting responsible energy use by the NHL, including our teams, our venues and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather. Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”

“Constellation is proud to partner with the NHL to achieve its energy and environmental goals, and like the NHL, we are committed to a clean energy future,” said Joe Nigro, CEO of Constellation. “Not only does Constellation offer sustainable energy options to our customers, together with our parent company, Exelon, we’ve also dramatically reduced our carbon footprint. By promoting responsible energy use, the NHL is setting an example for the sports industry, fans and communities.”

NHL and Constellation will work together to promote efficient energy use throughout the League and at key events throughout the season, including the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ and the 2015 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Constellation also will serve as presenting sponsor of NHL Live™ Powered by Constellation on NHL Network.

“The NHL and Constellation are leading a cultural shift in sports toward ecologically responsible energy practices,” said Dr. Allen HershkowitzPresident of the Green Sports Alliance. “This partnership confirms that responsible environmental stewardship can be profitable and attractive to millions of fans. Hopefully this partnership will influence other businesses and fans alike to embrace renewable energy options which are so desperately needed to protect our planet.”

The agreement furthers the objectives of the NHL’s groundbreaking 2014 Sustainability Report, which documented and disclosed the League’s carbon footprint, and NHL Green – a comprehensive sustainability initiative created by the League in 2010 to address the effects of climate change and freshwater scarcity on the sport of hockey.

The NHL Sustainability Report highlights the numerous programs, benchmarks and successes that have increased the overall sustainability of the League, 30 Clubs and their arenas. In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Green Sports Alliance, the report analyzed more than three years of operations and travel data from all 30 Clubs, partners and the League’s corporate offices to determine the NHL’s entire carbon footprint.

NHL Green™ was launched as a direct result of the groundswell of enthusiasm and support from fans and those within the League and hockey community. A 2011 report from Scarborough Research showed NHL fans are 11 times more likely to recycle glass, plastic or paper versus the average U.S. adult, 19 times more likely to donate money or time to environmental causes, and 20 times more likely to pay for eco-friendly products and services.

For more information on NHL Green and the League’s sustainability initiatives, visit: NHL.com/Green.

For more information on the NHL’s Sustainability Report, including information regarding calculation of the NHL’s estimated carbon footprint, visit: NHL.com/Green/Report/

Read the full press release.

Steve Nash—Athlete, Humanitarian, Environmentalist, Filmmaker


The upcoming documentary “NASH” follows the journey of Steve Nash as a filmmaker, activist, entrepreneur, accomplished athlete, devoted father, and a global icon on and off the court. During his basketball career, Nash has played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers, and has been named a 7-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA MVP. Throughout his career, Nash has been continually recognized for his character, community involvement, environmental concern, and desire to help others.

The actions he has taken in his local communities include notable projects that align with his strong environmental ethic. A native of Canada, Nash captained BC Hydro’s “Team PowerSmart” in British Columbia, challenging electricity customers to reduce electricity use by 10% over 12 months. During his time in Arizona, Nash was a utility spokesperson for renewable energy programs and it is due to his leadership that the Phoenix Suns installed the NBA’s first solar power at the US Airways Center. To expand his impact through community development and environmental action, he founded the Steve Nash Foundation in 2001.  The Foundation works to improve the health, education and environments of underserved children.

“NASH” features this impactful work that Steve Nash has championed throughout his career. Fans will experience the story of Nash’s journey through the world of professional sports while trying to leave a lasting legacy as he nears the end of his NBA career.

Learn more about the documentary.

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