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Edmonton Hockey Arena Raises the Bar for Sports Facilities

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Rogers Place will soon have the honour of being the first NHL venue in Canada to be LEED Silver certified. The 93,000-m2 arena is part of a new 25-acre mixed-use development site in Edmonton, AB and officially opened in September 2016.

Mike McFaul, assistant general manager of facility operations at Rogers Place and a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance, has been planning some of the waste management, green cleaning and energy use initiatives that would contribute to the building’s LEED certification since before it even opened. He also acknowledges the advantages of working with a building that was designed for efficiency from day one.

The arena has low-flow, efficient water fixtures, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, and motion sensors. A LEED green cleaning program is already in place, and other programs, such as a sustainable procurement policy and lighting and HVAC scheduling to match occupancy, are in the works.

The facility also has a robust waste management strategy that started during construction. Almost 90 per cent of construction debris was recycled, and nearly 20 per cent of all construction materials came from recycled and/or local materials or contained recycled content. Now that the facility is up and running, its recycling and composting efforts have already enabled it to hit and exceed its 90 per cent landfill diversion target.

Its downtown location also helped in its bid for LEED certification, because it promotes the use of the city’s public transit system as well as active transport such as walking and cycling. A sustainability committee is being organized to develop and oversee future environmental initiatives to make sure that the building’s performance is maintained or improved over time.

Similar sports venues and municipally-owned or run ice/curling rinks can implement some of the features found at Rogers Place by retrofitting facilities with LED lighting, motion sensors and efficient water fixtures. Arenas can go further by energy benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to identify additional and ongoing energy saving opportunities. To enable these facilities to become even more energy efficient, NRCan will be launching a new score for ice and curling rinks in the fall of 2017.

With this launch, ice and curling rinks will become the seventh building type to be eligible for a Canadian ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score. The score will help with energy management, which is critical for these facilities, given the high energy demands of creating and maintaining ice surfaces. With the new score, managers will have the opportunity to better understand their facility’s energy performance and find the tools to improve it.

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Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Champions

By Andrew Ference
Former defenseman Edmonton Oilers, NHL Stanley Cup Champion

As a hockey player, I understand the importance of a dedicated team. When everyone works together, there are no limits to what we can do. That’s why I’m proud to partner with Novelis and Discovery Education to spread the word about a new educational program that teaches students the importance of recycling and empowers them make a difference.

I am happy to announce that this month our program will expand: Today, just in time for Earth Day, we have released a new education module!

Available free of charge, this module is an addition to our online platform, “Life of a Can – A Never Ending Story,” which offers interactive classroom activities and at-home family resources to help inspire students to be environmental stewards. The new module will help students explore how Novelis processes the never-ending lifecycle of an aluminum can, by letting them ‘walk through’ Cantown. Students can answer questions to earn ‘Green Points,’ click on the user-friendly interface, and learn the real-world implications of recycling.

Sustainability is a top priority for the NHL and I believe creating a greener planet through education will not only impact our sport, but our future generations. With help from our children and our communities, we can work to recycle $1.5 billion worth of aluminum that is sent to landfills each year in North America alone. By encouraging the development of students’ critical-thinking skills, I believe these modules can inspire real change.

Thanks to partners like Novelis and Discovery Education, the next generation of environmental stewards will be more knowledgeable, prepared and ready to act than ever before. And now, students around the world can receive ongoing recycling and STEM education at the touch of a button. I am hopeful for what comes next. Together, we can be champions for the planet, and inspire the next generation to become lifelong recyclers.

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LA Kings Green: New Sustainability Program & Participation in Earth Hour

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In celebration of the NHL’s annual NHL Green Week, AEG’s Los Angeles Kings recently announced the launch of a new sustainability program, LA Kings Green . LA Kings Green, proudly supported by Waste Management, was developed with the understanding that environmental issues directly impact hockey, a sport often learned atop of frozen ponds. The program is designed to reduce the team’s environmental footprint and to help create a more sustainable Los Angeles.

In collaboration with AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate sustainability program, LA Kings Green focus is threefold:

Arena Operations: Regular upgrades to STAPLES Center to improve its efficiency and maintain its status as an industry leader in sustainable operations in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste diversion

Fan Engagement: Positive, actionable information learned during games so fans can take lessons learned at STAPLES Center home with them.

Community Engagement: Practical opportunities for fans to reduce their environmental footprint through community service events.

In celebration of the team’s 50th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, the LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation partnered with various environmental organizations such as Grid Alternatives and Heal the Bay to drive awareness to sustainability-related causes. Through its partnership with Grid Alternatives, the Kings sponsored the solar panel installation of a family’s home, which is estimated to save the household more than $20,000 in energy-related costs for a 20-year period, avoiding 44 tons of emissions. The LA Kings also hosted a tri-city beach clean-up with Heal the Bay, and brought together more than 250 volunteers and removed 700 lbs. of trash in just two hours.

Most recently, the LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated in the World Wildlife’s Earth Hour campaign to help bring awareness to the importance of climate action. The LA Kings and STAPLES Center participated by dimming the arena’s exterior lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and made an in-game announcement highlighting the significance of Earth Hour and encouraged fans to visit the LA Kings Green website to learn more about the team’s sustainability initiatives.

“Helping to protect our environment is a huge priority for the Kings, STAPLES Center and AEG,” said LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.  “We do our very best to assist in those efforts in our own community with the support of our players, our staff and our great fans.”