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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.”

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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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