On June 1, 2009, MetLife Stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing a number of green initiatives that would reduce its carbon footprint and further improve our planet’s environment. The original goals first established in the agreement and met throughout the Stadium’s development included using recycled materials to build the Stadium, building the Stadium on brownfields, using environmentally-friendly concrete in construction, reducing water consumption and increasing energy efficiency, and providing mass transit options for fans.
The Stadium opened its doors in April 2010, and in July 2011, a little more than two years after signing the MOU and publicly committing to a series of eco-friendly practices, MetLife Stadium released its first assessment report, which outlined the venue’s vast success and officially sanctions the Stadium as a leader in green construction and operation. This partnership with the EPA has resulted in reducing energy, water and solid waste production across its entire operations, including the use of aggressive recycling programs, low flow faucets, toilets and waterless urinals in rest rooms, food composting, and mass transit alternatives.
In 2012, the Stadium expanded its green initiatives to include composting food waste in all kitchens and pantries, and partnering with NRG Solar, LLC to install a Solar Ring (Solar Panels) above the catwalk of the Stadium.
In 2013, compost collection expanded to the entire seating bowl and numerous LED lighting retrofits were completed, reducing overall energy consumption.
MetLife Stadium greening highlights in 2014:
- Installed an In-Vessel Composter.
- Achieved a 54% diversion rate – highest to date.
- Increased compost collection to 261 tons, up from 195 tons (2013)
- Decreased overall energy consumption by 3%, despite using spaces otherwise unoccupied for two + months for the hosting of Super Bowl XLVIII.
In January of 2014, MetLife Stadium became the world’s first Certified Green Restaurantt® stadium in the world, meeting the rigorous environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association. All of MetLife Stadium's over 200 foodservice operations achieved 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant® status.
The most notable green restaurant accomplishments include:
- All waste kitchen oil is being converted to biodiesel fuel
- Composting all kitchen scraps
- Donating all leftover food
- Recycling cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper
- Use of ENERGY STAR equipment
- Installation of waterless urinals, touchless sensor faucets, ½ gallon faucet aerators, and low water landscaping
- Eliminating all polystyrene foam containers
MetLife Stadium continues to work with the EPA, reporting yearly on sustainable initiatives as it relates to the operation of the building. For more information, visit www.metlifestadium.com
As the home of the Velo Sports Center (an indoor velodrome), official training facility of USA Cycling, the venue also engages with community groups working to make the area more bike-friendly, such as the Carson Bicycle Coalition, which hosts biweekly meetings on site. Through this collection of initiatives, StubHub Center continuously works to help its guests and employees find new ways to travel car-free. General Manager Katie Pandolfo notes, “We don’t have the good fortune of being located in an area with a strong alternative transportation infrastructure, but that just means we have to get a little creative and engage with our local partners – both the city and community groups – to come up with solutions.”