Monthly Archives: October 2015

NHL named U.S. EPA Green Power partner of the year

League renews partnership with Constellation to improve environmental impact

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 2:46 PM / NHL Green
NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today that it has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The League is being recognized for its leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.

“Environmental sustainability is important to the NHL and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts in support of clean energy,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “For the good health of our players and fans, we will continue to support initiatives to keep the air clean and the ponds frozen for future generations.”

For the second straight season, the League will work with Constellation – the NHL’s official preferred energy provider – to implement energy efficiency strategies in NHL arenas and counterbalance greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all League activities through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets.

For the 2014-15 season, Constellation supplied more than 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e® Energy Certified RECs* to match all NHL games and premier events with energy generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources. This season, the RECs supplied to the League will support wind projects in the United States and a biomass project in Canada.

In addition for the 2014-15 season, Constellation supplied Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to match 126,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e), the estimated amount of GHG emissions resulting from certain League activities such as waste-to-landfill and air travel.

“Receiving the Green Power Partner of the Year Award is a great honor,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA applauds the National Hockey League’s exemplary leadership in acting on climate, which should serve as a model across the country.”

EPA will present the award today at the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Arlington, Va. The NHL was one of only five organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of the Year.

In 2010, the League launched NHL Green, a comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative which addresses the effects of climate change and freshwater scarcity on the game of hockey. The NHL is the first professional sports league in North America to issue a sustainability report, documenting and disclosing the League’s carbon footprint. In February, the NHL first appeared on the EPA’s National Top 100 list, ranking as the 17th-largest user of green power in the United States.

* Green-e Energy certifies that renewable energy certificates meet the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to www.green-e.org.

Chevron Houston Marathon to be Honored with 2015 AIMS Green Award

Press release from the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. marathon-logo-320x320

HOUSTON – (October 15, 2015) – The Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS), a leading world-wide running organization, announced today that the Chevron Houston Marathon is the recipient of the 2015 AIMS Green Award.

The award, which rewards and highlights best environmental practices in marathon events, will be presented to the Chevron Houston Marathon during the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, to be held in Athens, Greece on Friday, November 6,  2015.

“We are delighted and very proud to be receiving this award,” said Brant Kotch, Race Director of the Chevron Houston Marathon. “We have worked very hard towards our sustainability goals and to receive recognition from an organization such as AIMS means a lot. We would like to thank AIMS, their Members and Sponsors for recognizing us with this award.”

Candidates for the AIMS Green Award were judged upon a number of criteria, including the impact the race has had on promoting environmentally friendly practices in marathon events, how volunteers contribute to the success of the project and the ability for the race to educate younger generations about the benefits of sport and environmental protection. The two other shortlisted races were the Mexican race Maratón de la Ciudad de Mexico and the Xiamen International Marathon in China.

Paco Borao, President of AIMS commented: “I am very much looking forward to receiving the Chevron Houston Marathon to the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Gala in the home of the Marathon in Athens, Greece. Their efforts to put good environmental practice at the heart of their race have been truly outstanding. Distance running is one of the oldest sports in the world and it is good environmental practice like these efforts in Houston that help ensure the future of our sport for the future.”

The Chevron Houston Marathon was recognized for year round efforts towards “Going Green”. The Chevron Houston Marathon closely follows the Council for Responsible Sport’s certification standards. These efforts include a senior manager overseeing all sustainability goals and a “Green Committee” formed to work towards attaining them.

The Chevron Houston Marathon became the first organization to earn dual certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for separate events conducted on consecutive days (2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon; 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon). After earning Silver Level Certification in 2012, the Chevron Houston Marathon earned Gold in 2013-14 and are now recertified at the Gold level for 2015-16.

In an effort to tackle CO2 emissions, the Chevron Houston Marathon calculated the carbon footprint of a number of race elements for the first time in 2015 and will use this as a target to lower for future events. Efforts for 2016 are already underway with race medals and t-shirts not being packaged individually, choosing host hotels within walking distance of race elements, ensuring all catering use recyclable materials and choosing a route designed to encompass 100% urban areas with no green space affected by runners or spectators.

In 2015, the Chevron Houston Marathon made big strides in reducing the waste created by the event. A “double sort” process was implemented to efficiently sort waste. In addition, all runner and volunteer registration was done online and all signage was created with no date to be re-used year after year. These efforts led to 76% of waste being diverted from landfill.

About the AIMS Green Award

AIMS has been honoring races with the AIMS Green Award that have shown exceptional work in this area since 2013. However, AIMS intention is not only to honor ‘environmental initiatives’ of its members, but also to help them improve their races, in terms of good environmental practices during their marathon events. To this end, AIMS in collaboration with the Institute Team for the World Environmental Alliance 2004+, a scientific non-governmental not-for-profit organization headed by Mr. George Kazantzopoulos, Member of the IOC Sport & Environment Commission since 2002, has established a set of environmental guidelines, in line with the IOC Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21**, over and above the creation of the AIMS Green Award.

About AIMS

AIMS is a member based organization and since being established in 1982 has grown to a membership of more than 390 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 108 countries and territories. AIMS Members come from every continent on the planet and include the Athens Marathon, The Authentic formed on the legend of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier-runner who ran from the town of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to announce the Persians had been defeated in the ‘Battle of Marathon’. Other AIMS members include many of the world’s greatest distance races in history such as the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York & Tokyo Marathons. The three key objectives of AIMS are:

  1. To foster and promote distance running throughout the world
  2. To work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races.
  3. To exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association

About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.

Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC), a Running USA Founding Member, annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2015, the Run for a Reason Charity Program raised $2.5 million and the HMC retained Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Host to 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, the HMC conducted the nationally-televised 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, which featured men and women competing on the same course simultaneously for the first time, vying for the chance to represent Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.


Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers.

Ephesus-Lighting-logoThe LEDs were provided by Ephesus Lighting, which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. The transition enabled the arena to cut the number of fixtures by half: 247 metal halide fixtures were replaced by 120 LEDs. The light light level has increased to more than 200 footcandles, while saving more than 75 percent of energy compared to the previous lighting.

Bridgestone Arena is the sixth hosting NHL teams that switched to LEDs.

The Nashville Public Radio story on the switch noted that the LEDs generate less heat than the metal halide lights they replace one a one-on-one basis. Combined with the fact that they are fewer fixtures overall leads to a reduction in energy needed to keep the ice in game condition.

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