The National Hockey League is becoming the first of the four major sports leagues in the United States to go carbon-neutral. The NHL will team up with the energy-services firm Constellation, which will work with its thirty teams to slash its carbon emissions and purchase carbon offsets for all its emissions during the current 2014-15 season. The league is estimated to emit 530,000 metric tons of carbon this season through energy use at its arenas and offices, nearly 2 million miles of team air travel, consumption of goods, and other league operations.
“Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”
Via NJ Daily :
The NHL has been ahead of most sports leagues on sustainability, using a NHL Green program launched in 2010 to promote recycling and cleaner energy at its arenas. In July, the league released a sustainability report, the first by a major sports league, that detailed its carbon footprint and identified how teams would cut energy use in future seasons.