The Gala Envirolys is a unique opportunity to recognize the private expertise of the green economy, entrepreneurship and innovation of the environmental services industry. This year, the jury decided to recognize the work done at the Bell Centre with the “Projet vert ICI+” award, which recognizes an institution, a business or an industry (ICI) whose activity is not directly related to the environmental sector, but which participates in the protection of the environment by implementing an innovative project in a sustainable development perspective in line with its mission.
In 2007, the Montreal Canadiens organization embarked on what would become known as “The Goal is Green!” program, an ambitious and wide-ranging project to position the club at the forefront of all environmental leaders in professional sports. Its mission: “Establish the organization as an industry leader both on the ice and in the community through programs that reduce its environmental footprint, support the greening of the environment and renewable resources, and encourage its wide-ranging fanbase to do the same.”
The S.M. Group International Inc.’s environmental specialists have been involved from the very beginning with the Bell Centre’s management (Aréna des Canadiens Inc.) by advising and assisting it in the assessment of the applicable certifications as well as in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the various sustainable development programs and projects put in place. Ten years later, we will continue our collaboration with other actions planned for 2018, such as the certification to BNQ 9700-253 “Responsible Event Management” standard for the Canadian Hockey Club games and increasing the recycling and recovery performance of residual materials well above the “Gold level” of 90% of the “Ici on recycle”.
Through concrete actions on operating systems for water, waste, food and energy, the Bell Centre is now the only sports facility in North America to be certified with three environmental certifications: “Ici on Recycling” (silver level), LEED-EB (existing buildings) and ISO 14001.