Andrew Ference isn’t your typical NHL player, between his immense love for tattoos and eco-friendly attitude, it was only a matter of time before people caught on. I mean come on, he rides his bike to work, composts, recycles, works with MIT graduates on the future of renewable energy. He has also featured in videos on eating natural foods and has spoken at conferences about environmental issues, he has even traveled to Africa to support Right to Play. Andrew Ference may be known to most fans as a defenseman for the Boston Bruins, but there is more than meets the eye with this man.
In 2007, with the help of Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, Ference established the NHL Players Association’s Carbon Neutral Challenge – the first major environmental initiative in professional hockey. In the first year they offset more than 4,200 tonnes of carbon emissions during the hockey season, that’s comparable to 840 cars being taken off the roads a year. Numerous players have since traded in their Range Rovers and high fueling cars for Hybrids that are more eco-friendly, and arenas have begun to use solar panels to generate electricity.
“By going carbon neutral, one person might not make that much of a difference, but with over 500 guys doing it across the NHL, that’s part of a real solution,” said Ference. “The Carbon Neutral Challenge is part of a greater philosophy of trying to do the right thing… whether it’s a player that starts the spark, or a fan who reads about it, we’re hoping that it might be that first action that starts to make a difference in other parts of their lives”. (via NatGeo)
National Geographic is now going to be hosting a web show featuring Andrew Ference that will be ten episodes long titled “Beyond the Puck” where he will offer a rare glimpse into his sustainable lifestyle.
You can check out the episodes and more at the National Geographic Website.