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Green initiatives at the ACC

Kasia Bodurka, reporter
April 22, 2013 — NHL'ers at the ACC are playing in a green stadium.

Hockey is a Canadian pastime that's getting a green makeover at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

"Team up Green is our environmental initiative," says Brian Leslie, the director of operations and Team Up Green for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

"Our targets are to reduce utilities by 30%, to reduce our carbon footprint by 30% and to reduce waste to landfill by 95%."

In order to meet these goals, officials have implemented a series of initiatives.

A special type of "organic" bin containing microbes on plastic pellets breaks down all of the stadium's food clippings, converting 100% of it into water.

And then there's the rink.

In the past, it was chemically-treated.

Now, the water is purified through reverse osmosis, making it clean and safe.

"At the end of the season, we aren't dumping water that's been treated with chemicals down the drain," Leslie says, adding that the water used to create the skating rink is drinkable.

The centre also has an extensive recycling program, chemical-free cleaning methods as well as recent change from halogen to LED lighting.

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