July 22, 2014 3:49 pm
Updated: July 24, 2014 6:44 pm

By the numbers: How ‘green’ is the NHL?


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TORONTO – When you think about hockey, you may not think about the environment.

However, since 2010, the National Hockey League has tried to change that.

On Monday, the NHL released its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report which chronicles its efforts to become more environmentally friendly.

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“With this 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first of its kind for the League, we address head-on the connection between hockey and the environment, and the impact we have on our planet,” the report says. “It is in our best interest to confront this challenge, to be transparent with our impacts and to discuss and explore with all of our stakeholders a strategy for long-term environmental sustainability.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers from Tuesday’s report:

The number of arenas that uses deep-lake water cooling (the Air Canada Centre in Toronto)
The number of solar panels on the Pepsi Center’s (Colorado Avalanche) restaurant
The amount of savings, in metric tons, that installing these panels has produced
The amount of solar panels on the Los Angeles Kings’ Staples Center’s roof
The percentage of how much the Staples’ Center’s energy is provided by the panels a non-game day
Times the NHL fan’s likelihood over the average U.S. adult to recycle
22 million
The number of attendees at arenas during the 2011-2012 season
NHL-occupied square feet of space in Montreal office
NHL-occupied square feet of space in Toronto office
NHL-occupied square feet of space in New York City Office
12,000 to 15,000
Gallons of water it takes to create an NHL-regulation ice sheet
The amount of CO2 emissions, in metric tons, per game in 2011-2012
The league’s annual CO2 emissions in metric tons

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