Bruins Announce Green Up New England Challenge

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The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today the launch of their Green Up New England Challenge in partnership with Project Green Schools and Walmart. This new initiative aims to develop Green Student Leaders in schools throughout New England.

Schools across New England that enter the challenge will be asked to compete in energy reduction, waste reduction, water reduction, best green school practices, best green community practices, and best green sports practices. Awards will be given for each category.

To participate in the challenge, schools will be asked to complete an online application by March 22, 2017. Apply here.

A team of judges will measure submitted applications on the following: overall concept, environmental impact, creativity, number of participants engaged, and how effective schools were at getting the message out. One grand prize winning school will receive a classroom/sustainability lab makeover from the Boston Bruins and Walmart next fall.

Honorees will be announced on March 28 and will be recognized at the Bruins game on April 1 vs. the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

To enter this challenge, administrators, teachers, and students can fill out the entry form on For questions regarding the Green Up New England Challenge, contact Project Green Schools at: or call (508) 272-9653.

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Your Sustainability Guide to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2030

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This guide explores how the Park, venues and events have been developed to respond to and tackle the significant environmental challenges of our time: a changing climate, the loss of biodiversity and the overconsumption of vital resources. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has a fantastic opportunity to lead the way in sustainable living for its neighbours across London and beyond.

However, sustainability in the Park goes beyond the environment. It is also a story of social equality and employment, and of economic growth and prosperity. These wider social, economic and environmental purposes make up the London Legacy Development Corporation’s overarching environmental themes [see p.48]. They define its contribution to the shared objective of convergence, ensuring that legacy benefits stretch beyond the Park borders into the surrounding communities. They also influence the Development Corporation’s entire work programme, from internal operations, to planning legacy communities, to defining operating arrangements for venues.

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Norwegian Eco Snow Machines & the Future of Skiing

Climate Action Programme

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Norwegian researchers are developing a machine capable of simultaneously producing snow and heating homes, in a bid to save winter sports from the impacts of climate change.

Globally, ski resorts are becoming increasingly dependent on expensive and environmentally damaging snow-making machines due to the warming climate.

These machines can only operate if the surrounding air temperature is below freezing, leaving many low-lying resorts abandoned.

Researchers at SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute, and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) believe that an adaptation of the technology used in domestic fridges and freezers can solve this problem.

As one of Norway’s most popular sports – as well as a form of transportation during the winter months – it is hoped that these new machines that can produce snow in addition to heating homes, will protect the sport from rising temperatures.

The project is supported by a 2.3 million krone ($300,000) grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture which argues that skiing is engrained in the country’s culture.

Petter Nekså, Energy Research Scientist at SINTEF, said: “At higher temperatures, you need a refrigeration plant to make snow. The advantage is that this process is independent of air temperatures. One of the main aims of the project will be to find out how we can produce snow regardless of the outdoor temperature, and to develop energy-efficient ways of doing it.”

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