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- Award Entered:
Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
- Parent Organisation:
National Hockey League
- Project Host Nation:
United States and Canada
- Overview of Project:
The portfolio of NHL Green initiatives is comprised of projects in various stages of development, some of which involve substantial time and the majority of available funds, while others have minimal cost or have been fairly easy to implement. The initiatives, though different in design and execution, all stem from the ideals and values found within the NHL Green Mission Statement. Below is a short rundown of the organization’s initiatives over the last year and a half: • NHL Rock and Wrap It Up Initiative: Nominated for Beyond Sport’s Sport for the Environment Award, this program recovers leftover concessions food after games, feeding the needy while reducing 100 tons of waste from NHL venues • NHL Tailgate Recycling: Launched on New Years Day of 2011, this program encourages and assists Fans’ recycling efforts outside of arenas • NHL Reusable Bags: First designed for the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, these bags have been a staple at each League event, replacing hundreds of thousands of plastic bags • NHL Renewable Energy Offset Program: The League has purchased renewable energy certificates to offset the NHL Draft, Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend. NHL Green is set to unveil a Water Restoration program during the 2011 NHL Final • NHL Metrics: The Metrics System is designed to track and analyze facility data of NHL venues in areas of energy, water and waste. Six pilot Clubs reported data for the 2010 calendar year. All 30 Clubs will begin reporting data through the on-line system this summer. • NHL Green Education and Awareness: NHL Green brings together environmental leaders and gives them a platform to share ideas and to educate our Fans, our Clubs and the League.