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NHL skating on thick ice with month-long sustainability drive

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The National Hockey League (NHL) is building on its strong environmental reputation by dedicating an entire month to green initiatives.

Since 2010, the professional ice hockey league has run its ‘NHL Green’ campaign, which usually takes place over one week. This year, the organisation has decided to up the ante and promote its many sustainable projects over the whole of March.

As part of the month, it is encouraging fans and clubs to promote ways to be more environmentally friendly.

The NHL, and its 31 clubs, are members of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organisation based in the US city of Portland. It was worked closely with the NGO to transform the way clubs operate so they are aware of environmental and climate change considerations.

From energy needs to food waste, the NHL is dedicated to moving towards sustainable development. For example, over the past eight years, it has managed to offset 126,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through forestry, landfill and composting projects.

Its successful Gallons for Goals programme promises to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critical river for every goal scored. The project has so far helped to restore over 88 million gallons of water to streams in North America.

100 percent of the NHL’s energy use in the past season has been matched through the purchase of renewable energy certificates. This amounted to 235,500 megawatt hours of clean electricity, making it one of the largest users of green power in North America.

       The NHL is engaging fans using the #NHLGreen hashtag throughout March

Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Justin J. Zeulner, recently told reporters that: “Imagine if all sports participated in the support and the advancement of renewable power in North America? The NHL has already proven that’s possible”.

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Minnesota Wild To Host ‘Green Night’ Home Game On March 24


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ST. PAUL — The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the organization will host a ‘Green Night’ on Saturday, March 24, when it hosts the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 F.M.

The game will coincide with Earth Hour, the globally-celebrated movement for the environment, set for 8:30-9:30 p.m. CT, and NHL Green™ — the League’s annual sustainability initiative, which has expanded to a month-long campaign for the first time.

The Wild’s ‘Green Night’ will feature sustainability themes during in-game elements, including arena-wide PSA videos featuring Wild players, arena displays and fan contests. During Earth Hour, the large Xcel Energy Center sign atop the arena will be turned off, as well as marquees across the complex. The University of Minnesota’s Green Team will also be on hand to assist fans in accurately disposing of their recyclables and compostable waste throughout the game.

Fans are encouraged to wear green to the March 24 game in support of NHL Green™ and the movement toward a healthier planet. In partnership with Metro Transit, fans are encouraged to take a free trip on public transportation to and from the game (valid two hours before and after the game with a pre-printed voucher available here).

Fans are also encouraged to share how they ‘Go Green’ by using #NHLGreen on social media. From 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 24, through the end of the second period, fans that post a photo of themselves wearing green using #NHLGreen and @XcelEnergyCtr to Twitter will be entered to win a green Wild jersey autographed by forward Charlie Coyle.

Through a commitment to sustainability, the Wild organization and the venues it manages strive to be a top green destination in the sports, entertainment and events industry. Its complex is the only in the world to be certified by LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM. The Wild organization and its campus is at the forefront of environmentally friendly practices, including recycling and compost programs, and the use of solar and wind power. To learn more, visit xcelenergycenter.com/sustainability.

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Environment Scores Big Win With Zero-Waste Legacy Project at Super Bowl LII


Environment scores big win with zero-waste legacy project at Super Bowl LII (PRNewsfoto/PepsiCo)

Environment scores big win with zero-waste legacy project at Super Bowl LII (PRNewsfoto/PepsiCo)

PURCHASE, N.Y.Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The NFL, in partnership with PepsiCo, Aramark, U.S. Bank Stadium, SMG and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, scored a zero-waste legacy project at Super Bowl LII, with 91 percentii of all trash generated on gameday from 67,612 fans responsibly recovered through composting, recycling and reuse. The landmark project marks the highest diversion rate achieved at U.S. Bank Stadium and at any previous Super Bowl, and aims to serve as the benchmark for future large-scale events.

The results are in following the big game: nearly 63 tons of the 69 tons of gameday waste were recovered through recycling or donation for reuse (62 percent) and composting (29 percent). Recovering waste through composting and recycling reduces waste disposal costs and provides several environmental benefits including reduction of landfill use and reduction of the greenhouse gas generated by the landfill process, gasses which contribute significantly to global warming.

“The zero-waste legacy project is a testament to teamwork, with multiple partners coming together to achieve an ambitious environmental goal,” said Director of the NFL’s Environmental Program JACK GROH. “The NFL is proud that this program was not only successful at Super Bowl LII, but will also serve as a permanent installation at the stadium and leave a lasting impact on the community.”

U.S. Bank Stadium partners, including the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, stadium operator SMG, and Aramark, kicked off the effort to achieve a zero-waste operation in 2017, and were joined by the NFL and PepsiCo in the lead-up to Super Bowl LII.

“SMG is always striving to raise industry standards through our operation at U.S. Bank Stadium and our commitment to sustainability is no different. In our first season, we produced a waste diversion rate of 20 percent. Over the course of our second season our team increased that diversion rate to 91 percent,” says PATRICK TALTY, SMG General Manager at U.S. Bank Stadium. “Developing a successful and long-term zero-waste program has always been our goal. The diversion improvement we have seen to date is rare in the world of facility management and is a testament to the dedication of all of our stadium partners.”

“U.S. Bank Stadium’s journey to the zero-waste threshold has been demanding, and we couldn’t have gotten here without the commitment of our stadium partners,” said MICHAEL VEKICH, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, owner of U.S. Bank Stadium. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other facilities who are interested in this important sustainability program.”

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