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Rogers Place Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Canada Green Building Council
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EDMONTON — The city of Edmonton, with Oilers Entertainment Group, has announced Rogers Place has received LEED Silver certification.

“The city of Edmonton aims to be a national leader in setting and achieving the highest standards of environmental preservation and sustainability,” said Councillor Bev Esslinger. “This certification not only helps us reach this goal but positively impacts the health, quality of life and resiliency of our citizens and city.”

The city of Edmonton has a sustainable building policy that mandates the construction of all new buildings to strive for LEED Silver certification as a minimum requirement. Planning, design and construction of the arena and adjacent facilities followed LEED requirements throughout the process and achieved certification through the LEED goals of development density, community connectivity and alternative transportation.

“Congratulations to the city of Edmonton and the project team involved in this LEED Silver certification for Rogers Place Arena,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “Designing and building a facility of this magnitude to meet rigorous green building standards is an ambitious undertaking, but one with the potential to have a positive impact on visitors, where they can see sustainability in action. This certification sets a strong example for other large venues in Canada that every building can achieve superior environmental performance.”

Rogers Place is the first NHL facility in Canada built to the LEED Silver certification requirements, demonstrating efficient systems for lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation in building design. The commitment to reduce the building’s environmental impact continues into operations of the facility. Oilers Entertainment Group is a member of the Green Sports Alliance and has embraced green operations including cleaning, education and food waste handling.

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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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