523 NHLPA Members Go Green with David Suzuki

    Over 500 NHLPA members take the 'NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge' for the
    2007/2008 hockey season as part of the NHLPA's commitment to the
    environment together with the David Suzuki Foundation

    TORONTO, March 10 /CNW/ - The National Hockey League Players' Association
(NHLPA) and Canadian environmental organization, the David Suzuki Foundation,
announced their groundbreaking partnership in December 2007 to promote action
on climate change and environmental responsibility, and at that time launched
the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge, which was initiated by Boston Bruins'
defenseman Andrew Ference.
    Now, a major milestone has been reached in the professional sports world,
with over 500 NHLPA members taking action on global warming through the NHLPA
Carbon Neutral Challenge. This is the largest and most successful initiative
of its kind, involving players from all 30 teams in the league. It is also
just one piece of a wider initiative as the NHLPA and its membership are
intent on protecting the environment.
    Measures have been taken at the NHLPA's office towards developing a
conservation program focusing on energy efficiency improvements and waste
reduction. These measures include using a renewable energy source as well as
encouraging players and staff to 'green' their own daily activities.
    NHLPA members participating in the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge have
gone carbon neutral by purchasing high quality, Gold Standard carbon credits
to offset the travel emissions associated with playing professional hockey.
    The program was designed by the David Suzuki Foundation. To calculate the
players' climate impact, the Foundation looked at the regular season schedules
for each team in the NHL, and included emissions from the following major
sources: air travel for away games; road travel for home and away games; and
energy used during hotel stays. On average, each player was found to be
responsible for 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
    The players were invited to participate in the NHLPA Carbon Neutral
Challenge during the NHLPA's 2007-08 Fall Tour by Paul Kelly (NHLPA Executive
Director) and Eric Lindros (NHLPA Ombudsman and former NHL All-Star). To date,
523 NHLPA members have signed up which has helped offset more than 5,000
tonnes of carbon through offset projects, the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars
off the road for a year.
    "It's great to see so many players showing leadership on the issue of
climate change," said Dr. David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki
Foundation. "By taking this action on global warming, these players are
delivering an important message that will inspire millions of hockey fans and
be a model for other sports."
    "Judging by the hundreds of players who have signed up for the carbon
neutral program, and the steps being taken in their personal lives, it's clear
that our members are committed to becoming more eco-friendly," said Paul
Kelly, Executive Director of the NHLPA. "We will continue to look to the
expertise of the David Suzuki Foundation to help us do the right thing and
expect this initiative will lead to further efforts to protect the
    "The response to the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge has been amazing,
especially considering we set an initial goal of encouraging 70 players to
sign-up," said Andrew Ference. "As I've said before, hockey players have great
character and they continue to show it by taking action on such positive
initiatives. This is an exciting step in the right direction."
    Gold Standard carbon offsets for the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge are
being purchased through Montreal-based not-for-profit Planetair. "Using Gold
Standard offsets gives this initiative environmental integrity, and ensures
the players' offset purchase has a real benefit for the climate," said Dr.
David Suzuki.
    Hockey fans can get involved in this initiative by checking out both
www.nhlpa.com and www.davidsuzuki.org. For a list of players participating in
the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge, visit: www.davidsuzuki.org/files/NHLPA.pdf

    About the National Hockey League Players' Association
    The National Hockey League Players' Association (www.nhlpa.com),
established in 1967, is a labour union whose members are the players in the
National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in
varied disciplines. The NHLPA and its membership are intent on protecting the
environment through: reduction, recycling, using a 'green' alternative where
there is one, and lastly, purchasing carbon offsets.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Weatherdon, Director, Communications,
NHLPA, jweatherdon@nhlpa.com, Phone: (416) 313-2300, Direct: (416) 313-2316;
Dominic Ali, Senior Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation
(Toronto), dali@davidsuzuki.org, Office: (416) 644-1032,  Mobile: (647)

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