Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Feb. 12, 2019) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) is the exclusive Platinum Sustainability Sponsor for the 2019 Canada Winter Games (“The Games”), taking place in Red Deer and other locations throughout Central Alberta, Feb. 15–March 3. This sponsorship—which is targeted to help fund sustainable practices at The Games, as well as enduring community resources—is the latest example of NOVA Chemicals’ commitment to sustainability and the communities in which it operates.
In 2016, NOVA Chemicals committed $2 million CAD to the 2019 Games and Red Deer College. The contribution was divided equally between two major initiatives. The first is a Pillar Sponsorship for The Games to support sustainable practices and assets while leaving a positive legacy for future generations. The second is as a sponsor for the construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre (the “Centre”), a legacy asset for the Red Deer community.
The Centre is one of the core operating venues of The Games, functioning as a training and competition venue for sports, such as short-track speed skating, figure skating, badminton and wheelchair basketball. Located on the campus of Red Deer College, the Centre was built as a permanent campus building and features labs, classrooms and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and achieved LEED® certification at the Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council. The NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk, unveiled last October and located adjacent to the Centre, is integral to the Centre’s sustainable social and community planning.
In addition to the marquee initiatives, NOVA Chemicals is supporting The Games in several other areas by:
- Supplying thermal reusable lunch bags made from recycled plastic for the 3,500 athletes;
- Engaging three employee participants in the Torch Relay, a signature element of The Games; and
- Engaging with The Games’ attendees through the volunteer support of more than 70 company employees.
NOVA Chemicals will also be exhibiting at The Games. Employee volunteers will help staff a booth, which will feature the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) “Plastics Make It Possible®” campaign’s Tiny House, a 170-square-foot residence that tours cities and events throughout North America. The home demonstrates more than a dozen ways in which innovative plastic building products can help homeowners create a more energy-efficient home and reduce the environmental impact associated with heating, cooling and powering their home.
“Plastics are far too valuable to be thrown away or to only have a single use,” said John Thayer, senior vice president, polyethylene business, NOVA Chemicals. “That’s why we are actively engaged with customers, industry colleagues and the public on a sustainability journey that considers all aspects of reuse, recycling and recovery. Our Platinum sponsorship of the 2019 Canada Winter Games offers us a great opportunity to share our commitment to the development of a circular economy with our friends and neighbours who are attending The Games.”
NOVA Chemicals is supporting the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society in its commitment to organize an environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically feasible event. Sustainability initiatives for The Games are based on six themes: mitigating climate change; integrating social and community planning; managing water use; minimizing waste; sourcing local food and building or adapting facilities to green standards.
NOVA Chemicals is an active member of two global initiatives that are aimed at developing a plastics circular economy and keeping plastics out of our oceans, beaches and natural lands. Project STOP partners with cities to build sustainable waste systems, ending ocean plastic leakage. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste works across the plastics value chain on infrastructure, education and engagement, innovation and clean up efforts to keep plastic waste out of the natural environment.
For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit: canadagames.ca/2019
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About the 2019 Canada Winter Games:
From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation are on Red Deer, Alberta as we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games - the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a significant forecasted economic impact. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and leaves a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. This is our moment.
About NOVA Chemicals
NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly owned, ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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