In celebration of the NHL’s annual NHL Green Week, AEG’s Los Angeles Kings recently announced the launch of a new sustainability program, LA Kings Green . LA Kings Green, proudly supported by Waste Management, was developed with the understanding that environmental issues directly impact hockey, a sport often learned atop of frozen ponds. The program is designed to reduce the team’s environmental footprint and to help create a more sustainable Los Angeles.
In collaboration with AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate sustainability program, LA Kings Green focus is threefold:
Arena Operations: Regular upgrades to STAPLES Center to improve its efficiency and maintain its status as an industry leader in sustainable operations in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste diversion
Fan Engagement: Positive, actionable information learned during games so fans can take lessons learned at STAPLES Center home with them.
Community Engagement: Practical opportunities for fans to reduce their environmental footprint through community service events.
In celebration of the team’s 50th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, the LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation partnered with various environmental organizations such as Grid Alternatives and Heal the Bay to drive awareness to sustainability-related causes. Through its partnership with Grid Alternatives, the Kings sponsored the solar panel installation of a family’s home, which is estimated to save the household more than $20,000 in energy-related costs for a 20-year period, avoiding 44 tons of emissions. The LA Kings also hosted a tri-city beach clean-up with Heal the Bay, and brought together more than 250 volunteers and removed 700 lbs. of trash in just two hours.
Most recently, the LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated in the World Wildlife’s Earth Hour campaign to help bring awareness to the importance of climate action. The LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated by dimming the arena’s exterior lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and made an in-game announcement highlighting the significance of Earth Hour and encouraged fans to visit the LA Kings Green website to learn more about the team’s sustainability initiatives.
“Helping to protect our environment is a huge priority for the Kings, STAPLES Center and AEG,” said LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. “We do our very best to assist in those efforts in our own community with the support of our players, our staff and our great fans.”