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Maple Leafs & Air Canada Centre Go Green

Wednesday, 08.04.2009 / 6:52 PM / Press Releases
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Maple Leafs & Air Canada Centre Go Green
As part of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s (MLSE) ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre and the David Suzuki Foundation will Team Up to spotlight and Go Green for Wednesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the David Suzuki Foundation to help raise awareness about the importance of moving towards a more sustainable society,” said Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of venues and entertainment for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Tonight’s game is just one way our organization is promoting its ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our venue and teams.” 

Some of the Green activities in and around the arena Wednesday night will include a reduction in the lighting on the concourse level, in-arena messages detailing how fans can reduce their carbon footprint, a David Suzuki PSA and a 30% discount at CentreSports for all fans with proof of transit (Metropass, GO Train Ticket or TTC stub). The David Suzuki Foundation will also be highlighted in Air Canada Centre’s Community Corner.

Leafs fans in attendance will have an opportunity to win one of 40 Green Theme Gift Bags courtesy of Loblaw Companies Ltd.. All fans will also receive a $3 off coupon for the Green Living Show taking place at the Direct Energy Centre from April 24 to 26.

Last month, for the second year in a row, the Maple Leafs and Air Canada Centre participated in Earth Hour by reducing lighting in the parking garage, concourses, and washrooms; dimming signage illumination and turning off the arena’s iconic spotlights for the evening.

Air Canada Centre is in its second year of a five-year plan where Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue will invest $5 million to reduce its overall carbon footprint. The venue’s environmental initiatives include: reducing its energy consumption and its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, re-engineering Air Canada Centre’s mechanical and electrical operations, and implementing a waste diversion program.

During the 2008 calendar year, Air Canada Centre’s greening efforts resulted in a total waste diversion increase of 25 percent or nearly 237 tonnes of plastics, glass, paper and organics.

The Toronto Raptors hosted their first Green Game On April 7 to coincide with the inaugural NBA Green Week.  During Green Week, the entire NBA family will team up to generate awareness and funding to protect the environment through special on-court apparel, auctions to support environmental preservation organizations and hands-on community service projects.  In addition, NBA.com will launch a new micro site, www.nba.com/green, featuring everything from greening tips for fans to interviews with NBA players.

About MLSE Team Up Green

MLSE Team Up Green is Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment’s initiative to reduce of its carbon footprint. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has committed to investing more than $5 million over a five period for greening initiatives and programs for Air Canada Centre.

About the David Suzuki Foundation

Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation (www.davidsuzuki.org) has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.

This season, 420 NHL players are participating in the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge. The Challenge was designed by the David Suzuki Foundation and allows players to purchase high quality, Gold Standard carbon credits to offset travel emissions associated with playing professional hockey. There are 18 players in the Leafs’ organization taking part in the Challenge:

Jeff Finger    
Jonas Frogren
Niklas Hagman
Ryan Hollweg
Curtis Joseph
Tomas Kaberle
Olaf Kolzig
Pavel Kubina
Nikolai Kulemin
Brad May
Jamal Mayers
John Mitchell
Matt Stajan
Anton Stralman
Jiri Tlusty
Vesa Toskala
Mike Van Ryn
Ian White
 
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