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LA Kings form relationship with BluEco Technology Group

By Jeremy FreebornAXS Contributor

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The Los Angeles Kings have formed a partnership with the BluEco Technology Group. The purpose of the relationship is to introduce special environmental technology into more arenas and public facilities.

The new environmental technology is BluEco Liquid Crystalline Turbex. This revolutionary management system helps produce pure water and clean indoor air. There is also an economic benefit to the technology because there is a reduction in energy costs.

Overall comfort is expected to improve as well. As players adjust to the new technology, there is a possibility that the overall performance could be enhanced as the ice is clearer, harder, more dense and has less impurities. Staples Center meanwhile used the BluEco Liquid Crystalline Turbex as part of a pilot project for the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.

The environmental technology is part of the Kings’ and NHL’s mandate to promote environmentalism, conservation and sustainability. The Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns one half of the Los Angeles Kings, has promoted environmental initiatives in the past, and are strong supporters of the BluEco Technology Group. The LA Galaxy, who are completely owned by AEG, won the Environmental Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Sports Alliance’s Game Changer Awards in Sacramento on June 28, 2017 for their efforts in saving water, conserving energy and reducing pollution.

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Florida Panthers Announce ‘Green’ Initiatives

By: Latest Press Releases from Newswire.com

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​The Florida Panthers announced their ‘Green’ initiatives for the month of March. Panther Conservation Night, St. Patrick’s Day giveaways and recycling highlight the month-long focus on going green. March’s schedule features more home games at BB&T Center than any other month in the 2017-18 regular season.

Throughout this month, the Florida Panthers will encourage proper recycling in-venue with PSAs, digital ticketing and education surrounding the Florida panther.

Fans can already access every hockey game, concert and event at BB&T Center using their mobile and digital devices. Detailed instructions on how to do so can be found at FloridaPanthers.com/digitalticketing.

On March 17th, the Panthers will host the Edmonton Oilers for a 2 p.m. matinee game. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive green St. Patrick’s Day Panthers t-shirt. The team will also wear green warm-up jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation. Fans can enter to win a team-signed jersey HERE.

On March 24, the club will host its Third-Annual Panther Conservation Night when the Florida Panthers host the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. Featuring educational tables with information from local conservation experts and organizations as well as in-game facts and fundraising opportunities, this night aims to connect the Panthers fan base with the team’s namesake animal.

Throughout the month of March, the Panthers will donate $50,000 to conservation organizations through auctions and the Community Champions Grant Program. More information on the grant program, which allocates $5 million over five years locally presented by Moss Construction, can be found at FloridaPanthers.com/CommunityChampions.

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NHL Green Month Highlighted by 2018 Sustainability Report

by NHL Public Relations

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During its first-ever NHL Green month, celebrating an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the National Hockey League today published the 2018 Sustainability Report, the second installment following the first-ever report of its kind in 2014. The 2018 report, available on NHL.com/Green, assesses the League’s environmental impact and its commitment to ensure all levels of hockey – on frozen ponds, community rinks, or in-arena – thrive for future generations.

Highlighted in the report is the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative (NHL.com/GreenerRinks), a League-wide program launched in 2016. With approximately 4,800 indoor ice rinks across North America at an average age of 30 years, the initiative measures and evaluates their environmental impact. Modern-day NHL arenas use more environmentally-friendly energy sources, including solar power, fuel cell technology, waste water recapture and reuse, and geothermal technologies. The NHL Greener Rinks Initiative aims to help rink operators make similar, sustainable business decisions in their aging community rinks while also reducing energy and operating costs to keep more rinks operational and increase access to the game.

The report also highlights RinkWatch, a research initiative launched in 2013 by two professors from Wilfred Laurier University. The program brings together participants from across North America who share a love for outdoor hockey. Participants are asked to track and monitor backyard rinks, ponds, and winter weather conditions to assist with the study of long-term impacts of climate change. To date, more than 1,400 outdoor rinks and ponds have been tracked and monitored. Fans are encouraged to participate; those interested can visit RinkWatch.org to join the movement.

A microsite featuring highlights from the 2018 Sustainability Reportalso is available on NHL.com/Green. In partnership with the National Environment Education Foundation (NEEF), the microsite includes interactive components focused on engaging youth with sustainability activities, tools, and resources. Educators and families can visit the microsite and learn how to conduct an energy audit of their school or home, calculate their water footprint, or plant a pollinator garden.

The 2018 report follows the pledge made in September’s Declaration of Principles that states: Hockey should be an enjoyable family experience; all stakeholders – organizations, players, parents, siblings, coaches, referees, volunteers and rink operations – play a role in this effort. The full report details the League-wide effort to innovate at NHL arenas, transform the hockey community through environmental collaboration, inspire communities to act, and encourage fans to get involved.

The League-wide results in the report, aligned with NHL Green month celebrations, covers various aspects concerning the environment, including water restoration, landfill reduction, efficient electricity use, sustainable landscaping, and increased recycling. Highlights include:

— A waste diversion rate of 32 percent due to composting, improved concessions forecasting, and enhanced waste tracking, with half of NHL arenas currently composting their own waste. The NHL has set a goal to increase this rate to 50 percent within the next five years.

— A 1-percent reduction of energy consumption from 1,237,000 mmbtu in FY14 to 1,252,000 mmbtu in FY16 by using more efficient lighting, enhanced building management systems, waste heat recapture technologies, and onsite renewable energy generation.

— An approximate 7-percent decrease in water consumption from FY15 to FY16, with continued efforts League-wide to find water-stress solutions including fixture upgrades in arenas, minimizing consumption in water towers, and installation of smart sensors on water irrigation systems.

— Throughout the NHL Centennial year, fans donated 4,245 pounds of equipment (more than 2,000 items), including helmets, skates, and pads. This equipment avoids landfills and gets repurposed back into the community.

— A 2-percent year-over-year reduction in CO2 emissions from FY14 to FY16 – from 189,503 to 182,355 metric tons – through innovations and efficiencies.

— 963,200 megawatt hours of energy counterbalanced since 2014 through the investment of renewable energy credits, generated from U.S. wind and Canadian biomass.

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. As part of NHL Green month, all 31 NHL Clubs have continued to lead a variety of sustainability initiatives in their local markets. For more information, visit NHL.com/Green. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #NHLGreen.

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