The National Hockey League, as part of its multi-faceted sustainability initiative NHL Green, will partner with the Carolina Hurricanes, the City of Raleigh, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Rock & Wrap It Up! and N.C. State University to help ensure this weekend's festivities will be conducted in an environmentally friendly manner.
Here are a few of the efforts being taken to minimize impact on the environment:
- The RBC Center will have its usual 150 recycling bins in the arena, which annually divert up to 40 tons of waste from landfills. Outside the arena, tailgate recycling will be coordinated by the NHL, Carolina Hurricanes and 86it, a division of Wake County Environmental Services.
- Honda, a corporate sponsor, and NCSU will display recent efforts to go green at booths at the All-Star Wide Open Street Fair on Friday and Saturday. Raleigh's The Scrap Exchange will also have a booth at the event, where fans can make arts and crafts from recycled materials.
- All prepared but unsold concession food will be redistributed within local communities as part of the NHL's league-wide partnership with Rock & Wrap It Up, in coordination with Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. To date, NHL clubs and RWU have provided more than 75,000 meals while keeping more than 50 tons of waste from reaching landfills.
- Reusable commemorative bags will replace plastic bags at several official merchandise locations throughout the Raleigh area, just as the NHL did during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final and the 2011 Winter Classic.
The 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities run from Jan. 28-30.