March 24, 2023
Posted by:
Shay Strawser

True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are committed to reducing our environmental impact and being a leader in the community. We work tirelessly to monitor and improve the environmental footprint of our sports facilities and operations including Canada Life Centre and the Bell MTS Iceplex. Our efforts are primarily focused on the implementation of recycling, waste management, energy efficiencies and water conservation. RECYCLING

  1. In 2021 Canada Life Centre recycled enough paper and cardboard to save 750 trees.
  2. Since June 2011 more than 5,000 trees were saved through the recycling of paper and cardboard.
  3. All cardboard is recycled, totaling approximately 100 lbs. per day.
  4. 156 tons of plastic have been recycled since 2011.


  1. Since 2018, Canada Life Centre has diverted 246,000 liters of oil from going to waste
  2. All kitchen scraps and coffee grinds are composted, totaling approximately 1,000 lbs. per week.
  3. All the cooking oils used in BMP are collected and recycled into biodiesel and sold in rural Manitoba
  4. Since 2004, more than 3.5 Million KG's of waste have been kept out of landfills


  1. Eco conscious from the beginning, Canada Life Centre was built with concrete and steel studs with drywall instead of wood and, wherever possible, materials with recycled content has been used as a surface finish.
  2. All hand towels and toilet paper are made of recycled materials.
  3. All paper used in the True North offices is recycled.
  4. True North's print publications are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, which ensures green accountability from forest to product to shelf to limit environmental impact.
  5. Only eco-friendly and Certified Green products are used in True North facilities.
  6. True North is proud to use an eco-friendly paper supplier that plants two trees for every one tree that is cut down.
  7. BMP's ice plant water treatment system uses reverse osmosis, as opposed to harmful chemicals.
  8. True North's paperless payroll system eliminates the use of paper for more than 500 full-time and part-time employees.
  9. Every effort is made to purchase the most sustainable and environmentally conscious materials for use in operations as well as in building upgrades and construction.


  1. BMP features almost exclusively LED lighting providing energy-savings, cost-savings, low-voltage operation, and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
  2. As well as being lit by LED lighting, BMP's concourse lighting control allows lights to be dimmed or turned off separately with motion sensors, offering even more opportunities to conserve energy.
  3. BMP's glass façade is designed to allow natural light in, minimizing the need for artificial light.
  4. True North uses a conservation management approach, meaning that a conscious effort is made in scheduling utilities to minimize resource use.
  5. Where possible, lighting and major equipment is powered up in stages, which dramatically reduces electrical spikes.
  6. BMP's rooftop HVAC unites are equipped with VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) that allow us to significantly reduce fan speeds, thereby significantly reducing energy consumption.
  7. True North promotes an annual organization-wide 'ride your bike to work' campaign that results in significant CO2 emission savings.


  1. In 2021, True North conserved 1.75 million litres of water were saved through the recycling program

 BY THE NUMBERSSince June 2011 we have diverted the following amounts of waste from landfill sites:

  • Plastic - 156 tons
  • Compost (food, coffee grounds) - 229 tons
  • Cardboard - 243 tons
  • Cooking Grease - 76 tons

 NHL GREENThe NHL Green initiative has a mandate to successfully promote 'greening' around the league and engaging clubs to develop their own sustainability efforts. Visit for more information.

INNOVATE > TRANSFORM > INSPIREHockey means more than just excitement and exercise - it means an opportunity to build character, learn positive values, and connect families and communities. That's why we're committed to protecting the places we play hockey for future generations. We're using innovative technologies to transform our business, and inspiring our communities and partners to lower emissions, conserve water, reduce waste and more. When your sport is so much more than a game, you have to play it forward.The NHL and its Member Clubs are committed to improving hockey's environmental impact. Hockey can trace its roots to the frozen freshwater lakes and ponds. The ability to skate and play the game outdoors is a critical component of the League's history and culture. Major environmental challenges such as climate change and freshwater scarcity affect future opportunities to take the game outside. Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green™ has been committed to preserving the environment - including the frozen ponds that inspired and cultivated the game more than 100 years ago.To learn more about the NHL's Green Month visit SPORT ALLIANCEThe Winnipeg Jets and Canada Life Centre are proud to be members of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA). The GSA is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of professional sports and to inspire fans to join in the efforts. GSA is working with sports teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to identify the necessary tools to make informed sustainable choices that benefit their fans, their venues, their bottom lines and the environment. Visit for more information."I was pleased to see NHL hockey back in Winnipeg and I am even more pleased to have the Jets join the Alliance. They've completed an impressive range of greening initiatives at Canada Life Centre, and as they continue to advance their work, they will be a great asset to the Alliance." - David Muller, Green Sports Alliance Membership Director

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