Work has officially commenced on a new stadium projected to open in 2017 in Atlanta. With a $1.2 billion price tag, the 71,000-seat stadium designed by 360 Architecture will incorporate many high-tech features such as an innovative retractable roof and 360-degree video board. It will also utilize the latest in sustainable building practices to help reduce the environmental impact of the new construction.
Using the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines from the U.S. Green Building Council, the stadium continues a trend of sustainable stadium construction that has grown in the past decade in the United States. The stadium will serve as the home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled details of a landmark proposal to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants.
The following is a statement from Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Martin Tull:
“The Green Sports Alliance applauds President Obama’s action to put the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants through the Clean Air Act.
We appreciate his leadership on this critical issue. The health of the sports industry depends on a stable climate, and all the major sports leagues understand and recognize the risks that escalating climate change pose toward their future.
Moreover, this action is good for our economy, and a strong economy is also good for the sports industry. Today’s action is estimated to save American households and businesses $37.4 billion on their electric bills in 2020 while creating more than 274,000 jobs. And, it will do so while slashing carbon pollution by 531 million tons per year, nearly 25 percent by 2020 from 2012 levels.
All sports venues will benefit from this action, and over the past few years members of the Green Sports Alliance have demonstrated that adopting smart environmental strategies is good for people, the environment and business.
Many teams have made a commitment to mitigate their carbon emissions and reduce their overall carbon footprint by choosing clean and renewable energy sources, increasing energy efficiencies and integrating sustainable transportation initiatives at their venues. Through these actions, and the action taken by the U.S. EPA today, Green Sports Alliance member teams and venues are helping move the sports industry, and this country, towards a better, more prosperous future.”
Since 2009, the University of Washington has committed to bringing its operations in line with Salmon-Safe certification. That extended to the renovations on Husky Stadium, home of the university’s football team, which became the first sports stadium to take into account the protection of salmon and waterways during construction.
Salmon-Safe certification entails the prevention of sediment runoff from construction sites. By implementing pollutant control and runoff protection measures, Turner Construction – the contractor that led the Husky Stadium renovations – was able to successfully meet the accreditation procedures that allowed the stadium to become the first in the United States to successfully meet the Salmon-Safe requirements.
Among the procedures required to meet the certification benchmarks included the use of reclaimed concrete from renovated sections, vehicle washing to prevent sediment contamination for all vehicles leaving the site, and the creation of stormwater detention ponds that resulted in the treatment to potable status of more than 7.8 million gallons of water from the site.
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