Championing Earth: the Richmond Oval’s Sustainable Impact

The Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, British Columbia, has also established itself as a fantastic partner in the world of sports and community engagement. It has played a pivotal role in hosting sporting events, such as the 2023 CARHA Hockey World Cup, where adult recreational hockey players from around the globe come together to celebrate the spirit of competition and camaraderie.

In the realm of hosting large-scale events like the CARHA Hockey World Cup, sustainability becomes even more critical. The Oval’s dedication to eco-friendly practices not only enhances the overall event experience but also sets an essential precedent for the industry. CARHA Hockey was proud to partner with a venue that shared our values for incorporating sustainable measures to reduce environmental impact.

From its inception, sustainability has been a primary consideration at The Oval, with a consistent commitment to improving these efforts.

  • In 2018, lighting on the activity level was upgraded to energy-efficient LEDs, followed by a full conversion of the remaining lighting to LEDs.
  • Several sustainability practices are integrated into the infrastructure. Electric-charged battery ice resurfacers reduce reliance on propane fuel. The heating and cooling system utilizes excess heat and refrigeration from the ice plant to support other mechanical systems. Furthermore, additional EV charging stations have been installed in the parking lot, totalling five.
  • Richmond operates as a single-use, plastic-free community, supporting the 2022 ban. Continuous efforts are made to reduce paper and waste by utilizing the digital signage system and online alternatives whenever possible.
  • The Oval’s irrigation system was designed to minimize freshwater consumption by capturing rainwater from British Columbia’s abundant rainfall on the roof for non-potable purposes, such as toilet flushing, thereby reducing dependence on fresh water.

The Richmond Olympic Oval stands as a shining example of unwavering commitment to sustainability. From energy-efficient lighting upgrades to electric ice resurfacers and rainwater harvesting, their dedication to minimizing their environmental footprint is evident in every facet of their operations. As we admire their achievements, we are also reminded of the collective responsibility we share in preserving our planet. The Oval’s journey toward sustainability serves as an inspiring reminder that every small effort counts, and together, we can create a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come. 

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