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NHL, Green Sports Alliance Making Impact

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

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On a personal level, Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Justin J. Zeulner has a 12-year-old daughter who as a figure skater spends hours in community facilities. With thousands of people interacting on a sheet of ice on a monthly basis, Zeulner sees first-hand the importance of what the NHL has helped accomplish since becoming a member of the Alliance in June 2011.

The Alliance promotes healthy, sustainable communities and inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace energy and water efficiency. To have the NHL and its teams involved has taken the cause to new levels.

“The opportunity for the NHL to support the further development of new buildings and renovations of existing buildings, to make sure these community centers are sustainable economically and financially is extremely important,” Zeulner said. “The future generation of athletes, whether they’re figure skaters or hockey players, requires some bold leadership. And the NHL is paving the way.”

The League has accomplished plenty with NHL Green, its sustainability initiative committed to improving hockey’s environmental impact, and the launch of Greener Week in 2016, which focuses on working with community rinks in North America to measure and evaluate the environmental impact of the greater hockey community.

NHL arenas are using alternative, more environmentally-friendly energy sources. The 2016 and 2017 NHL All-Star Games each were played under LED game light technology that reduced glare, improved game presentation and visibility for players, and reduced energy usage. The NHL also is the first professional sports league in North America to issue a sustainability report, documenting and disclosing its carbon footprint.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was honored with the Alliance’s highest recognition, the Environmental Leadership Award, for the work the League and NHL Green has done with teams and arenas. As a result, Zeulner said, all private sector businesses put together sustainability reports in their filings every year.

“What that inspires is incredible,” Zeulner said. “All sports, whether it’s the private sector side or it’s the sports teams themselves and the leagues and the venues they play in, everybody should be measuring and reporting on their impacts. Once you do that, you start to set the bar and of course you want to get better every year. That’s really what we’re all about, is playing greener. That was the first major milestone from a league perspective to issue that report. We supported and aided in putting that together.”

Zeulner’s vision is to further engage fans, get them involved and keep the movement going. The League has done its part; the NHL is the 26th largest user of green power in the U.S., according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, and the only sports league to appear on the Top 100 list.

“Imagine if all sports participated in the support and the advancement of renewal power in North America? The NHL has already proven that’s possible,” Zeulner said. “What can be inspired by being one of the largest users of green power in the U.S. is astonishing. So we’re looking to see if all sport can join the NHL and their leadership in this space to advance that here in the United States.”

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LA Kings Green: Team Launches Sustainable Initiatives

by LA Kings PR @LAKingsPR / LAKings.com

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The LA Kings today announced their latest initiative: LA Kings Green, an umbrella program to encompass the team’s sustainable initiatives.

In recognition that environmental issues directly impact hockey, a sport that is often learned atop of frozen ponds, LA Kings Green aims to bring more awareness to the most critical environmental issues and will continue to drive positive impact through arena operations as well as fan and community engagement.

In collaboration with AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate-wide sustainability program, LA Kings Green addresses a wide-range of sustainability-related topics. The focus of Kings Green is threefold:

  • Arena Operations: Regular upgrades to the facility to improve its efficiency and maintain STAPLES Center’s status as an industry leader in sustainable practices.
  • Fan Engagement: Positive, actionable information learned at STAPLES Center and on the LA Kings website to apply at home.
  • Community Engagement: Practical opportunities for fans to reduce their environmental footprint through community service events.

“We’re always looking for more ways to enhance fan engagement and the game-day experience. STAPLES Center prioritizes environmental sustainability: This is an ISO-14001-certified building, has had array of rooftop solar panels since 2009, was the first US NHL arena to install LED sports lights, and, most recently, Former Vice President Al Gore and other dignitaries helped us celebrate the installation of our new 500-kilowatt Bloom Energy fuel cell, which will further help reduce the arena’s carbon footprint,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. “We’re excited to support the LA Kings with the launch of their new sustainability initiative, Kings Green. This program will add significant value to communicating environmental best practices to our guests.”

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Capitals to Celebrate Green Week March 13-17

Caps to Wear and Auction Green Warmups Jerseys Prior to March 16 Game.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

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The Washington Capitals will celebrate Green Week presented by WGL March 13-17.

During Go Green Night on Tuesday, March 14, against the Minnesota Wild, fans will learn how they can take care of the environment through green-themed activations throughout the game.

Thursday, March 16, versus the Nashville Predators marks the team’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the final of the Capitals’ Holiday Series games. Fans who purchase a St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Ticket Package will receive a Caps St. Patrick’s Day party pack, while all fans in attendance will have the chance to participate in activations in honor of the holiday.

In addition Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation will host a Go Green Auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Anacostia Watershed Society. The auction will feature autographed limited edition green jerseys worn during the pregame warmups prior to the Capitals game versus the Nashville Predators on Thursday, March 16. The auction also will feature autographed sticks wrapped with green tape and autographed pucks with green Caps logos.

The auction will open at noon on Tuesday, March 14, on Handbid and will conclude at the end of the second intermission during the Caps game on March 16.

Auction items will be on display at the MSE Foundation table located on the main concourse at section 104 of Verizon Center during the Capitals game on March 16. Handbid is a mobile-based bidding app that fans should download on their iPhone and Android devices if they would like to participate in the auction. Fans should ensure their phones or tablets are well charged for the game and those without smart phones may bid on iPads supplied by the Capitals at the MSE Foundation table while the auction is open.

The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The organization’s ultimate vision is to restore the Anacostia to a fishable and swimmable river for the health and enjoyment of all community members. The Anacostia Watershed Society was founded in 1989 by a small group of concerned individuals who decided that the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities required serious attention. Over the past 20 years, its staff and programming efforts have expanded significantly to encompass efforts in environmental education, stewardship, and recreation, as well as engaging the community through public affairs.

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