Target Field achieves LEED Gold Certification for Operation & Maintenance

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The Minnesota Twins today announced that they have received LEED Gold certification in Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. After being named the “Greenest Ballpark in America” and earning LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification for both New Construction and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, the Minnesota Twins become the first professional sports franchise to also attain LEED Gold recertification for the operation and maintenance of their facility. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Earning LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance is the third level of LEED certification for Target Field, becoming the first sports venue in the nation to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the-art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance. Target Field and the Minnesota Twins earned LEED Silver for New Construction in 2010 and LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance in 2011. Arc is the first-of-its-kind to track progress through a performance score enabling projects to make more informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.

“The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success-both on and off the field-is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” said Dave St. Peter, Twins President. “We honor the power of sport by leading through example, and we will continue to use sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with our fans, community, suppliers, partners and employees to have a positive influence in the world.”

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Waste Management Analytics from Busch Systems

Facility Executive

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On April 26, 2017, Busch Systems will introduce its Resource Center, a collection analytics software program designed to track recycling and waste management efforts at the station level. Facility management leaders interested in gaining insight into their organizations’ waste management can sign up for free to use this tool.

Busch Systems International is a leading company in the design and retail of recycling, compost, and waste containers since the company’s inception in 1985. Comments Mike Baxter, marketing manager with the company, “Our passion is helping organizations reach their sustainability goals and this new software offers all of the tools to help make this happen.”

Two years in development, the primary function of Resource Center is to provide statistics on diversion rates and showcase the breakdown of the users recycling streams, the amount of money saved, and a range of other data on the positive impact their recycling efforts are making on the environment, all in real-time. States Baxter, “The Resource Center is effective for all levels of sustainability programs across all verticals. It is suitable for the beginner to advanced user as it provides analytic display options for both introductory and sophisticated tracking and analytics.”

Beyond providing analytics, the Resource Center provides additional resources such as how-to guides, marketing materials, educational resources, and an exclusive choropleth mapping tool which provides visuals of sustainability from the county, regional, and state/provincial level.

Comments Baxter, “Most of the algorithms were designed solely for this software and the fact that we’re offering this service complimentary is unprecedented as far as we know. We’re continuing to prepare additional upgrades and phases to the Resource Center so there will always be something new to discover for the user.”

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Target Field Honored as one of the ‘Greenest Ballparks in America’

By Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

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Saving those leftover brats, burgers and chicken breasts from Target Field has helped the Minnesota Twins hit gold.

The team learned Saturday that Target Field achieved gold LEED certification for building operations.

The seven-year-old Minneapolis ballpark already had silver certification through LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is the nation’s leading program in design, construction and high-performance green buildings.

Jase Miller, manager of ballpark operations for the Minnesota Twins, said fans should be proud of helping to make Target Field the greenest ballpark in America. “Together, we’ve kept thousands of tons of trash out of local landfills,” he said. “That’s a huge win not just for Target Field, but for the whole community.”

For the past five years, the Twins have donated unused food to local charities, including 213,622 cased meats, 34,488 hamburgers and 16,599 chicken breasts.

Beer cups, plates and nacho trays were part of 300 tons of trash converted to compost.

Target Field is the first to use Arc, a digital platform, to track sustainability, the team announced. With Arc, the Twins are able to track and increase alternative transportation, energy and water efficiency, waste diversion and recycling.

Through “aggressive recycling” and waste-to-energy programs, the Twins have kept more than 8,200 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011, the team said. Some 3,213 tons have been recycled, while 2,755 have been sent to the nearby Hennepin Energy Recovery Center and 2,288 tons of organics have been composted, according to a news release.

The team hopes to improve those numbers this year with better equipment and training.

Team President Dave St. Peter said the team wants to honor “the power of sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm.”

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