On Saturday, March 31st, NHL arenas switched off their non-essential lighting for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. The facilities pledged to additionally scale back their energy use in operations during the allotted hour in which 20 of the 30 NHL clubs had scheduled hockey games. NHL Green supported WWF Earth Hour by reducing its energy usage at NHL headquarters.
"For the NHL, the success of this event is about more than turning the lights off for one hour. It is about changing the way our sport approaches energy consumption," said Bernadette Mansur, SVP of NHL Green. "Our facilities are challenging themselves to operate more efficiently, and we are encouraging our employees to observe Earth Hour at home and reduce their energy consumption throughout the day."
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The NHL Green initiative was originally launched in 2010 with goals of protecting the environment. The program utilises measurement tools and sustainability initiatives to reduce energy, water and waste from facility operations as well as league games. This program was recognized in 2011 by receiving the Beyond Sports 2011 Sport of Environment award.
"When it comes to winning the fight against climate change, it's clear that we all need to work together," says WWF-Canada Freshwater Ambassador Scott Niedermayer, who captured four Stanley Cups in 18 NHL seasons. "By joining Team Earth Hour, we can work together for a sustainable future."