MLSE, Just Energy & The Earth Rangers Are Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow
Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 9:27 AM ET / Press Releases
Representatives from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors, along with eighty young Earth Rangers’ members, took part in a ceremonial tree planting at the Earth Rangers’ Centre to kick off their partnership with Just Energy on Friday. The partnership will see Just Energy, the official carbon offset provider of the Air Canada Centre, work with the Leafs and Raptors to help make their home arena carbon neutral. The partnership and move towards carbon neutrality is part of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s (MLSE) ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability.
“The enthusiasm for the environment shown by these young Earth Rangers’ members is inspiring and we are happy to be a part of their efforts to make our city a little greener,” said Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of venues and entertainment, MLSE. “At MLSE we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and we are thrilled to be teaming up with Just Energy to help us move towards carbon neutrality at Air Canada Centre.”
The ceremonial tree planting, attended by Bryan Colangelo, Rick Vaive, Gary Leeman and representatives from MLSE and Just Energy, marks the start of a program that will see all three groups participate in a larger greening and tree planting campaign at schools across the Greater Toronto Area next spring.
“Earth Rangers is dedicated to inspiring, educating and engaging children to take action to protect biodiversity. Earth Rangers’ and our members are proud to help celebrate this important partnership between Just Energy and Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment” says Mark Northwood, President and co-CEO of Earth Rangers.
Air Canada Centre is in the fourth 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 has met its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 percent two years early, with the initial goal being a 30 percent reduction by 2013.
“We have made great strides as a venue in reducing our carbon footprint over the past four years,” said Brian Leslie, director building operations and Team Up green, Air Canada Centre. “With the help of our great partner, Just Energy, we have been able to close the gap needed to achieve carbon neutrality.”
“At the end of the day, there is a lack of credible, impactful and relevant options for energy consumers looking to offset their carbon footprint,” said Christian McArthur, Just Energy’s Senior VP of Operations. “With record emissions in the last year and serious concern over long-term effects on the environment, now is the time to act. At Just Energy, we’re proud to partner with leading organizations like
MLSE and Earth Rangers to address these issues at the student level through to the corporate ranks.”
Air Canada Centre has diverted 74 percent of its waste to landfill through a combination of reducing waste and recycling and is well on its way to a goal of 95 percent. The venue completed a second lighting retrofit, converting to more energy efficient lights. The first phase reduced power by 758,000 kilowatt hours while the second phase will save 584,000 kilowatt hours. It is also installing an intuitive heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system that will be smarter and will adjust building conditions to meet fans’ demands.
About MLSE Team Up Green
MLSE Team Up Green is Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is committed to investing more than $5 million over a five year period for greening initiatives and programs for Air Canada Centre.