Sports are going green beyond the turf, due to joint efforts of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Sports Alliance.
According to Martin Tull, executive director of Green Sports Alliance, the collaboration will serve as a valuable tool to alliance members working to make sports venues more energy efficient. The partnership will work to increase the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified sports venues across the U.S.
A few of the 25 LEED-certified sports stadiums include Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; Miami’s American Airlines Arena; and Soldier Field in Chicago.
“Sports fans stepping into LEED-certified arenas, stadiums, ballparks and more experience the benefits of green building firsthand with water conservation, energy efficiency and responsible waste management,” said Rhiannon Jacobsen, USGBC’s director of strategic accounts. “It was a natural fit for USGBC to partner with the Green Sports Alliance, which is dedicated to making professional sports healthier and more sustainable.”