Saturday is Green Night
First Rays Appreciation Night and now this. From the team:
The Lightning will host ‘Green Night’ presented by Waste Services of Florida, in association with Heineken, to celebrate recycling and environmental awareness on saturday, when they take on the Ottawa Senators at 7:30 p.m. (AM 620 WDAE).
Fans attending the game will be encouraged to assist in the St. Pete Times Forum’s green efforts by receiving ticket discounts for supporting green initiatives. Those who bring a used phone book to recycle will receive a lower level ticket for $20 or an upper level ticket for $5. Fans who ride their bike to the game will receive free admittance to the game. Secure bike parking will be available. The first 10,000 fans will also receive an eco-friendly rally towel courtesy of Waste Services.
Thanks to Waste Services of Florida, Tampa Electric will power the St. Pete Times Forum with renewable energy for the entire day. It is the first time in the history of the Times Forum that it will be run on renewable energy. There will also be multiple organizations on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza before the game to educate fans on various green programs. Groups on the plaza will include Tampa Electric, the City of Tampa and the Mayor’s Beautification Committee.
"I applaud the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Electric for demonstrating strong leadership in making tomorrow night's NHL game at the St. Pete Times Forum the first-ever using 100-percent Florida-based renewable energy,” said Florida Governor Charlie Crist. “Florida is a leader on energy issues and good corporate citizens are playing an important role in that change.”
“We have prided ourselves in the past for being a community leader when it comes to certain things,” said Lightning owner Oren Koules. “We have extensive ‘Go Green’ programs throughout the building on a daily basis. The opportunity to power the building on renewable energy tomorrow is a fantastic one and we look forward to being able to embrace more and more green opportunities as they present themselves in the future.”
Tampa Electric President Chuck Black said, “It is a pleasure to support the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum by providing the Lightning with renewable energy for their game. This renewable energy will offset 30 tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalent of taking five cars off the road for one year or planting eight acres of trees."
The St. Pete Times Forum is dedicated to water and energy conservation. Waterless urinals were recently installed in all 37 public restrooms, reducing water consumption and saving energy throughout the building. These revolutionary urinals provide an average savings of 1,665,000 gallons of water per year.
The Times Forum also promotes reuse of office products and other items by donating to non-profit organizations such as Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools. It also recycles all restaurant grease, which is most commonly used as biodiesel.