NHL skating on thick ice with month-long sustainability drive

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The National Hockey League (NHL) is building on its strong environmental reputation by dedicating an entire month to green initiatives.

Since 2010, the professional ice hockey league has run its ‘NHL Green’ campaign, which usually takes place over one week. This year, the organisation has decided to up the ante and promote its many sustainable projects over the whole of March.

As part of the month, it is encouraging fans and clubs to promote ways to be more environmentally friendly.

The NHL, and its 31 clubs, are members of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organisation based in the US city of Portland. It was worked closely with the NGO to transform the way clubs operate so they are aware of environmental and climate change considerations.

From energy needs to food waste, the NHL is dedicated to moving towards sustainable development. For example, over the past eight years, it has managed to offset 126,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through forestry, landfill and composting projects.

Its successful Gallons for Goals programme promises to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critical river for every goal scored. The project has so far helped to restore over 88 million gallons of water to streams in North America.

100 percent of the NHL’s energy use in the past season has been matched through the purchase of renewable energy certificates. This amounted to 235,500 megawatt hours of clean electricity, making it one of the largest users of green power in North America.

       The NHL is engaging fans using the #NHLGreen hashtag throughout March

Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Justin J. Zeulner, recently told reporters that: “Imagine if all sports participated in the support and the advancement of renewable power in North America? The NHL has already proven that’s possible”.

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Blackhawks To Wear St. Patrick’s Day Jerseys During Warm-Ups On March 18


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The Chicago Blackhawks will wear one-of-a-kind green St. Patrick’s Day warm-up jerseys on Sunday, March 18, before hosting the St. Louis Blues at the United Center at 6:30 p.m.

Each autographed warm-up jersey will be auctioned off online. All jerseys will be auctioned off to fans on auctions.nhl.com from Sunday, March 18, through Sunday, April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. Select green apparel will be available for purchase at United Center retail locations including the Madhouse Team Store and Blackhawks Store located by section 117, in addition to the Michigan Avenue location.

The Blackhawks, in partnership with preferred energy partner Constellation, will also host ‘Go Green Night’ at the United Center on Tuesday, March 20, when the team faces off against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m. Constellation will provide the first 10,000 fans to enter the building with reusable, Blackhawks-branded cooler bags.

As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the NHL, its member clubs and partners are celebrating its third annual NHL Green™ initiative, expanding from one week to a month-long campaign for the first time. Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green™ has been committed to promoting green business practices across the League as well as preserving the environment, including the frozen ponds that inspired and cultivated the game more than 100 years ago. Looking ahead to the next century, the League will ‘Play It Forward’ as it continues to ensure hockey stays connected to its roots while being sustainable for future generations. League-wide efforts to innovate, transform and inspire across key environmental categories include water restoration initiatives, landfill reduction, efficient electricity use, sustainable landscaping, and increased recycling via gear donations. For more information, visit NHL.com/Green.

In-game presentation during Tuesday’s contest will feature various videos on how to maintain environmentally friendly practices. Constellation will supply Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use during the ‘Go Green Night’ game with energy generated from environmentally-responsible renewable resources minimizing the carbon footprint of the game. Green-e Energy certifies that renewable energy certificates meet the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, please visit green-e.org.

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Minnesota Wild To Host ‘Green Night’ Home Game On March 24


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ST. PAUL — The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the organization will host a ‘Green Night’ on Saturday, March 24, when it hosts the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 F.M.

The game will coincide with Earth Hour, the globally-celebrated movement for the environment, set for 8:30-9:30 p.m. CT, and NHL Green™ — the League’s annual sustainability initiative, which has expanded to a month-long campaign for the first time.

The Wild’s ‘Green Night’ will feature sustainability themes during in-game elements, including arena-wide PSA videos featuring Wild players, arena displays and fan contests. During Earth Hour, the large Xcel Energy Center sign atop the arena will be turned off, as well as marquees across the complex. The University of Minnesota’s Green Team will also be on hand to assist fans in accurately disposing of their recyclables and compostable waste throughout the game.

Fans are encouraged to wear green to the March 24 game in support of NHL Green™ and the movement toward a healthier planet. In partnership with Metro Transit, fans are encouraged to take a free trip on public transportation to and from the game (valid two hours before and after the game with a pre-printed voucher available here).

Fans are also encouraged to share how they ‘Go Green’ by using #NHLGreen on social media. From 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 24, through the end of the second period, fans that post a photo of themselves wearing green using #NHLGreen and @XcelEnergyCtr to Twitter will be entered to win a green Wild jersey autographed by forward Charlie Coyle.

Through a commitment to sustainability, the Wild organization and the venues it manages strive to be a top green destination in the sports, entertainment and events industry. Its complex is the only in the world to be certified by LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM. The Wild organization and its campus is at the forefront of environmentally friendly practices, including recycling and compost programs, and the use of solar and wind power. To learn more, visit xcelenergycenter.com/sustainability.

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