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Guest Blog: LA Kings Green

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: LA Kings

Guest Blog by LA Kings

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LA Kings Green tackles sustainability through practical and actionable frameworks. With a threefold focus – engaging fans, community events and arena operations – this umbrella program is effective in making measurable improvements towards our environmental impact.

LA Kings Green was conceived with the understanding that we cannot achieve the environmental results we seek alone. It takes collaboration with our arena and facilities, funds from our generous donors, fan cooperation, the expertise of our charitable partners, such as Heal The Bay, Enrich LA and GRID Alternatives and an organization-wide commitment. Our strength is in aligning our charitable partners with resources, man power and exposure.

Within our company, service-based initiatives have proven to be the most impactful. To facilitate these hands on experiences, we align ourselves with charitable partners to produce impactful results. During the 2016-17 NHL season alone, 81 staff members combined for over 275 volunteer hours cleaning beaches, installing solar panels and building school gardens.  As a result, 750lbs of trash were removed from three LA area beaches, an estimated 66 tons of greenhouse gas emissions were prevented and 500 students now have access to nutrition-based education.

Beyond LA Kings staff, executives and players, we have an engaged fan base of over 18,000 at each home game and a digital presence that has a reach far above 2 million people.

The fortuitous intersection of our fans, community partnerships and facilities is exemplified within the waste operations at our home arena, STAPLES Center, which is also owned by our parent company, AEG. Through our current partnership with Waste Management and the dedicated staff at the arena, the waste generated during our home games is taken to the back-of-house docking station and source separated to ensure higher recycling rates. This process begins with our fans and their willingness to support recycling efforts as consumers. As a result, in 2015, STAPLES Center reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 68% compared to 2010.  Waste Management is also a community partner on the LA Kings Green initiative.

Credit must be given to the value of something as simple as properly disposing of plastic. We know the power of sports and we are in a position to affect change. What makes LA Kings Green successful is its accessibility, ease and practicality.

To learn more about LA Kings Green, visit www.lakings.com/green.

Guest Blog: Montreal Canadiens “Goal is Green” Program

2017 Environmental Innovator of the Year: Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre

Guest Blog by Montreal Canadiens


Back in May 2007, the Montreal Canadiens organization launched the “Goal is Green” program, an ambitious and vast project to place the Club at the forefront of all environmental leaders in professional sports. The Goal is Green program was initially introduced as part of the Club’s 100th anniversary initiatives but its mission remains: “Make the Montreal Canadiens a leader on the ice and in the community through programs that reduce its environmental footprint, support green initiative and renewable resources, and encourage its fans to do the same.”

Several improvements and equipment modifications were achieved during the last years. The Bell Centre earned three environmental certifications, more than any professional sports venues in North America. The certification ICI ON RECYCLE! (silver) is managed by the Quebec government and regards to waste management. LEED-EBOM is a third-party certification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Finally, ISO 14001 standard is internationally recognized and is aimed at organizations wishing to implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system.

As part of the LEED certification project, the Bell Centre replaced more than 250 sanitary facilities. The implementation of more efficient toilets and faucets has reduced drinking water consumption by 35%. Moreover, the drinking water supply to the urinals was optimized, which created drinking water consumption savings by sanitary equipment of more than 50% compared to 2007. The Bell Centre is now testing on a new innovative project. Along with Aquartis, a local startup company, they have developed and implemented a system to recycle the resurfacers’ (Zambonis) greywater. Based on a reverse osmosis water filtering system, this new technology pumps, treats and recycles greywater created by the rink’s ice melting. Thus, ice in the rink is no longer produced using drinking water but only with recycled water. Drinking water savings will reach 1,000 cubic meters (260,000 gallons) per year. Furthermore, due to the recycling of greywater, no more greywater is discharged to the sewers, which was an important concern for the fans and the reporters. This project is also a win for NHL players as the reverse osmosis process creates a harder and faster ice. The organization intends to remain at the top of the League with the quality of its ice.

The next project on the drawing boards of the Bell Centre and Aquartis is to reuse greywater from public sink in urinals. This project could create up to 60% drinking water savings. It would directly engage fans since a screen would display in real time the drinking water savings. This will create awareness within users of the venue about their impact on the environmental performance of the organization and about their impact within their community.

All these innovations had no negative impact on the fans since they did not have to modify their behavior. Instead, they had the effect of raising awareness about the importance of effective natural resources management. This approach reflects the organization’s orientation towards sustainable development. In addition, it reinforces the Club’s position as a leader in environmental management through professional sport. Finally, these projects are a powerful tool to educate fans about the importance of saving drinking water and to encourage them to do the same at home and at work.

Official video of the Groupe CH: http://downloads.canadiens.nhl.com/video/sizzler_trailer_2016.mp4


LA Kings Honored for ‘Commitment to Sustainable Community’

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

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The Green Sports Alliance will present its annual Environmental Leadership Award and Environmental Innovators of the Year awards, the highlight of its annual Green Sports Celebration, on Wednesday evening in Sacramento.

The LA Kings will be honored for their commitment to a sustainable community.

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize and celebrate the best in sports and sustainability. In addition, the LA Galaxy will be honored then as well.

“The LA Kings and AEG have always worked as part or core values to demonstrate leadership in these important community and global areas and we are very proud of not only our contributions to environmental sustainability but also the fact that both the Kings and the LA Galaxy are being recognized at this prestigious event,” said LA Kings and AEG Sports Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman. “This is also a tribute to the leaders in our community relations and AEG Sustainability departments who have really helped us spearhead this hard work. Hat’s off to these teams for their leadership.”

Read the full story here.