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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.”

Read the full story here.

NC State University Reynolds Coliseum Achieves LEED Silver For Sustainability

By cwdavis3 | NC State Sustainability

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Basketball court in the renovated Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State University’s recent renovation of its Reynolds Coliseum has earned national sustainability certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Reopened in September 2016 following a 16-month renovation, the building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level in March 2017.

The 186,000-square-foot multipurpose arena originally opened in 1949 and is one of campus’ nine hallowed spaces, which prompted the university to renovate the aging building instead of replacing it.

“Among the most significant sustainability efforts of this project is that it’s a renovation, not a new building,” said Liz Bowen, an NC State sustainability program coordinator specializing in the university’s built environment. “A renovation allowed the building’s historic elements to be preserved and existing materials to be reused when possible.”

The building is now home to NC State’s ROTC program and several Wolfpack athletics teams, including women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s wrestling and rifle.

Other sustainability features of the facility include:

  • New energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system
  • Exterior replacement windows that better insulate the building and save energy
  • Integration of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that save water
  • Native and adaptive species of outdoor plants that require little to no irrigation
  • An air quality management plan during construction that ensured a healthy interior environment free of contaminants and high-emitting materials, paints and finishes
  • Infrastructure for alternative transportation, including bike racks, pedestrian paths and a bus stop served by six different Wolfline campus bus routes

Reynolds is the fifteenth university building since 2011 to earn LEED certification, bringing the total amount of LEED-certified space on campus to more than 1 million square feet.

Read more here.

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Golden 1 Center the ‘greenest’ arena in U.S.

The Sacramento Bee
By Ryan Lillis

Photo from the The Sacramento Bee.

Photo from the The Sacramento Bee.

Golden 1 Center is officially the “greenest” arena in the country.

The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday that their new downtown arena had been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, “the highest level of global recognition for environmentally conscious buildings and organizations.” The team said Golden 1 will be the first indoor arena to achieve that status.

“Our hope in creating Golden 1 Center was to help drive meaningful change in our community – which includes working to curb climate change and promote renewable energy,” Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadive said in a statement.

LEED Platinum is given to projects that meet strict standards in energy use, water efficiency, transportation impacts and the materials used in construction.

Golden 1 Center will be powered during the day by solar panels on the building’s roof. A new 11-megawatt solar farm built by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District on its Rancho Seco property in partnership with the Kings will generate the power to offset electricity used at the facility during evening events. Hangar doors above the arena’s main entrance can open, allowing cool Delta breezes to fill the building.

The LEED stamp of approval also takes into account how the arena was constructed. Nearly all of the construction materials from the former Downtown Plaza were recycled when the mall was demolished, and more than a third of the materials used to build the arena were from recycled sources.

The Kings also plan to source 90 percent of the food and drink concessions from businesses and farms within 150 miles of the arena.

The arena will also host next year’s Green Sports Alliance, a prestigious meeting of sports executives focused on environmental standards for sports facilities.

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