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Why The NHL Is Getting Involved In Climate-Change Efforts

By Kevin B. Blackistone, ESPN panelist and visiting professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, writes sports commentary for The Post.

I was reading a random article last month about the goings-ons at the historic climate change conference in Paris when my eyes stumbled across what appeared to be a fish-out-of-water participant – the National Hockey League. The piece mentioned that an NHL vice president for corporate social responsibility, Omar Mitchell, presented on sports and sustainability. The NHL. Climate change. I had to call the league. 1

I found Mitchell. He explained from Foxborough, Mass., the site of the league’s New Year’s Day Winter Classic, after giving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy a tour of the league’s game-day set up. The NHL and the EPA. McCarthy was invited to the game by the league after the EPA awarded the league a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Hockey. Really?

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Ashkin Recognized as One of the EPA’s 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winners

Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, Green Sports Alliance Board Member,  and often referred to as “the father of Green Cleaning,” is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winners for 2015.


The EPA Safer Choice Program is designed to help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products that are manufactured with safer chemical ingredients, but that still meet high quality and performance standards.

“Our scientists employ a stringent set of human health and environmental safety standards when reviewing products for the Safer Choice program,” says Cathy Milbourn of the EPA. “[This ensures that] a product with the [Safer Choice] label is backed by science.”

Ashkin will be presented with the award on June 22, 2015 in Washington, DC.

He is being honored for his leadership in the Safer Choice Program and in several market changing projects in which he was involved including:

  • Working with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED V4 for Building Operations and Maintenance for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Version 4.
  • Helping establish an environmentally preferable product procurement program for the Green Sports Alliance’s Playbook on Greener Cleaning in Sport Facilities.
  • Preparing the Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools for the Healthy School Campaign

“The Safer Choice program has made a significant contribution in ensuring that the places we live, work and play are healthier for us and the environment,” says Ashkin.  “I am honored to receive this award.”


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