NEW YORK (November 12, 2012) -- On Tuesday, November 13, the National
Hockey League will join MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL and WNBA as an official
Founding Supporter of Beyond Sport United, a one-day global gathering,
exploring opportunities for leagues, teams and their partners to make a
positive impact in their community and the local environment. The
conference will take place at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
NHL Green has teamed up with Sterling Planet and Bonneville
Environmental Foundation to help mitigate the environmental impact of
Beyond Sport United 2012.
Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider of
environmental assets for corporate, utility and government clients, will
donate all environmental assets needed to counterbalance the estimated
carbon emissions resulting from electricity consumption during the
conference, based on conservative projections of the expected carbon
footprint. Accordingly, Sterling Planet will provide the event with 111,000
kilowatt hours (kWh) in the form of Green-e® Energy certified renewable
energy certificates (RECs) from U.S. wind projects. The RECs will create a
benefit of more than 143,529 pounds of avoided emissions of carbon dioxide.
The League worked with Sterling Planet to balance the carbon
emissions associated with arena electricity usage and team air travel
throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as the League's estimated
2012 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 of
verified emission reductions in total.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit provider of
energy, carbon and water solutions, will balance the water footprint of the
conference. Based on projections of the expected water usage for both
Yankee Stadium and attendee hotel rooms, BEF will restore 45,000 gallons of
water 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 New
York 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 in
June 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwater
scarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey. BEF,
on behalf of the NHL, has replenished North American watercourses with over
18 million gallons of water since the project’s inception.
Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and
supports the use of sport to drive positive social change around the world.
Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports
industry to discuss the business advantages of working to address difficult
community, social and environmental concerns. The event will be a sharing
of 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 for
Environment winner for a League-wide food recovery program which has
diverted over 210 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters
with more than 320,000 meals since the initiative began in 2010. Also in
2011, the NHL was nominated for Beyond Sport's Federation of the Year
award. In 2012, the League was again nominated as Sport for Environment,
this time for the NHL Water Restoration Project.