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Edmonton Oilers
Rogers Place LEEDs the Way
Home sweet home. Rogers Place, the future home of the Edmonton Oilers will be open for the 2016-17 season and how sweet it will be. The new arena in the heart of downtown Edmonton aspires to be the first LEED Silver-certified NHL facility in Canada. This state-of-the-art facility will act as a catalyst for further development in the city’s downtown core while also setting the bar for future growth and sustainability.

“From top to bottom, Rogers Place is world class. It’s been designed to optimize energy performance and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Patrick LaForge, President & COO, Oilers Entertainment Group. “It’s good business and good for the planet to focus on sustainability. The Oilers, through Rogers Place and other initiatives are proud to help lead the way.”

Its LEED Silver-certification will be anchored by sustainable efficiencies including development density, transportation, reducing water use and optimizing energy performance.

Being constructed as a compact and dense development, Rogers Place will be well connected to the community with seven Light-Rail Transit (LRT) stops within walking distance, strong pedestrian connections and charging stations for electric cars in the arena’s parkade.

Water use reduction efforts include low flow plumbing fixtures and toilets throughout Rogers Place and its plumbing design will minimize water usage by up to 35%.

Extensive energy modelling will be in place to reduce overall energy consumption and focus on efficiency. To reduce the building’s carbon footprint, there will be heat recovery ventilation and central control of heating, cooling and lighting systems. Going above standard requirements, Rogers Place will have a highly insulated building envelope as well.

Environmental and operational excellence are key pillars for Rogers Place, the Oilers and partner, the City of Edmonton. The Oilers’ sustainability efforts have been bolstered by the homecoming of Edmonton-native, Captain Andrew Ference, the winner of the 2014 King Clancy Award. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Andrew exemplifies leadership and is a huge champion for green initiatives in the community and in professional sports.

There’s no doubt the future looks bright (and green) for the Oilers and the Edmonton Arena District as Rogers Place and its partners are committed to sustainability, cutting-edge design at the Oilers new home in 2016-17.

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Amalie Arena Hydroponic Garden Provides Food for Fans
Amalie Arena, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and the AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm, has planted the seeds for sustainable food operations by introducing a 1,120 square foot garden on their property. This isn’t your typical garden however—the hydroponic system grows an array of produce without the use of soil. This method helps to avoid the restriction of root growth and also allows nutrients to be fed to the plants each time it is watered. All of these factors generate rapid plant growth, greatly reducing the seed-to-harvest time and sometimes even cutting that time in half.

This innovative gardening system at Amalie Arena is a model of efficiency. In addition to the boost in production, the watering and fertilization system for the garden is a closed-loop system, which means that all of the nutrients not absorbed by the plants or lost to evaporation are returned to the tanks below the garden and used in the next watering. Thanks to the vertical stacking system of pots, the 14 x 80 foot deck (equivalent to .026 acres) the garden is built on has the growing capacity of a full acre of farmland.

The garden’s produce includes butter leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, turnips, eggplant and herbs such as basil, cilantro, lemon balm, dill and rosemary. Currently, Amalie Arena's Executive Chef Rich Mathis adds the fresh produce to salads and entrees served in premium seating areas, in the Firestick Grill, as well as in team meals for Lightning players and coaches. In the future, the hope is to expand the program and incorporate garden produce into all menus throughout Amalie Arena.

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