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Come Celebrate Union Arena Becoming The First Net-Zero Ice Rink in the U.S.!!
October 23, 2021 · 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Free Skate will open at 4 p.m.)

As of early summer 2021, Union Arena’s newly-installed energy-efficient systems and expansive solar array have transformed the building into the first NET ZERO ICE ARENA in the United States, with no net annual energy cost for heating fuel and electricity. With the cost of energy accounting for approximately a third of the total annual operational costs, the sustainability benefits for the arena operations budget, for the environment, and for the community, are profound and far-reaching. Crossing the rubicon to net-zero positively affects the cost of programs, keeping them affordable, and therefore accessible, for all.

The Union Arena NET ZERO project supports a broad array of commitments that have been made for increasing renewable energy and decreasing carbon emissions, including the goals of President Biden’s Climate Plan, Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act, and the Town of Woodstock, Vermont’s own Comprehensive Energy Plan, “Ready for 100%” pledge to the Sierra Club and Climate Emergency and Action Resolution.

The world has discovered Union Arena’s innovative and forward-looking net-zero project, which has been featured in articles published by the Associated Press and the Globe & Mail, and in broadcasts over Radio Canada and VPR. The net-zero team has conducted classes for Efficiency Vermont, hosting other ice arena operators. They served as panel members in a webinar shared nationwide in Canada to create a road map to help Canadian municipalities get to NET ZERO. New York City has contacted Union Arena to study the project.

Come celebrate with us as Union Arena becomes the first Net-Zero ice rink in the United States! We’ll have a complimentary public skate for attendees, along with some light food and beverage, and special guests and speakers! Join in the fun, gather with your community and help us celebrate this incredible milestone!

WHEN: October 23, 2021 · 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Free Skate will open at 4 p.m.)
WHERE: Union Arena Community Center · 80 Amsden Way · Woodstock, VT · 05091

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About the Union Arena Community Center of Woodstock

Union Arena, Inc., is a non-profit organization, and the first multi-purpose, four-season community cultural and athletic facility in the region. Our mission is to offer affordable and accessible healthy activities for all families and the overall population of the region. Cultural activities that the arena has hosted include theatre festivals, school graduations, art shows, craft fairs, antique shows, concerts, pet and agriculture shows, and other full community gatherings. Other local non-profit educational, health, and arts organizations also use the facility as a base for community events and fundraising. Athletic activities include five months of winter ice and three to six weeks of summer ice for adult and youth ice hockey; figure skating and public skating; spring and fall sports including field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse utilize Union Arena during inclement weather.