NHL Set to Attend Beyond Sport United as Founding Supporter
NEW YORK (November 12, 2012) -- On Tuesday, November 13, the NationalHockey League will join MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL and WNBA as an officialFounding Supporter of Beyond Sport United, a one-day global gathering,exploring opportunities for leagues, teams and their partners to make apositive impact in their community and the local environment. Theconference will take place at Yankee Stadium in New York City. NHL Green has teamed up with Sterling Planet and BonnevilleEnvironmental Foundation to help mitigate the environmental impact ofBeyond Sport United 2012. Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider ofenvironmental assets for corporate, utility and government clients, willdonate all environmental assets needed to counterbalance the estimatedcarbon emissions resulting from electricity consumption during theconference, based on conservative projections of the expected carbonfootprint. Accordingly, Sterling Planet will provide the event with 111,000kilowatt hours (kWh) in the form of Green-e® Energy certified renewableenergy certificates (RECs) from U.S. wind projects. The RECs will create abenefit of more than 143,529 pounds of avoided emissions of carbon dioxide. The League worked with Sterling Planet to balance the carbonemissions associated with arena electricity usage and team air travelthroughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as the League's estimated2012 electricity usage at its New York City headquarters. To that end,Sterling Planet supplied 9.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e®Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) and 97 metric tons ofverified emission reductions in total. Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit provider ofenergy, carbon and water solutions, will balance the water footprint of theconference. Based on projections of the expected water usage for bothYankee Stadium and attendee hotel rooms, BEF will restore 45,000 gallons ofwater to critically dewatered ecosystems in Colorado, Montana, Arizona,Utah and/or Oregon through BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate® program. Additionally, the League's 2012 and 2013 water consumption at its NewYork City headquarters, estimated at six million gallons over two years,will be counterbalanced as part of the NHL Water Restoration Project. The League launched the NHL Water Restoration Project with BEF inJune 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwaterscarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey. BEF,on behalf of the NHL, has replenished North American watercourses with over18 million gallons of water since the project’s inception. Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops andsupports the use of sport to drive positive social change around the world.Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sportsindustry to discuss the business advantages of working to address difficultcommunity, social and environmental concerns. The event will be a sharingof best practices tackling issues of education, health, sustainability,social inclusion, natural disaster response and more. In 2011, Beyond Sport celebrated the League as the Sport forEnvironment winner for a League-wide food recovery program which hasdiverted over 210 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelterswith more than 320,000 meals since the initiative began in 2010. Also in2011, the NHL was nominated for Beyond Sport's Federation of the Yearaward. In 2012, the League was again nominated as Sport for Environment,this time for the NHL Water Restoration Project.