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U’s Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility is LEED Gold Certified

Utah Business Press Release

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Salt Lake City—The University of Utah announces its first Athletics building to be LEED Gold certified. The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility, home to both men’s and women’s basketball, is officially a leader in sustainable design and energy efficiency. This is the eighth building on campus to be certified Gold or higher, and represents a commitment to a sustainable future through design.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a building rating system created by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate quality and achievement based on: sustainable design; green practices during construction; and environmental performance over a year after construction is complete.

“We are thrilled that Athletics shares our vision to create a more sustainable campus,” said Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer Myron Willson. “They understand that our environments not only impact the ecosystems around us, but also the health and wellness of the student athletes and staff that occupy the facility every day.”

Sustainable building materials

The 102,000-square-foot facility was manufactured using over 23 percent of recycled materials and resources strategically selected from the Utah region to support local businesses and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with transportation. Over 12.5 percent of the total building materials include products that were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the site. During construction, the project diverted nearly 85 percent of the on-site generated construction waste away from landfills.

Eco-friendly Site Design

The design implements a stormwater management plan that results in a 25 percent decrease in the volume of stormwater runoff from intense rain events. In addition, the hardscape and roof surfaces, including a rooftop terrace and garden, which offers a 360-degree view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, the university campus, downtown Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake, were designed to mitigate urban heat island — heat buildup around the facility — with lighter materials to in order to minimize the impacts of the reflected sun on surrounding wildlife habitats. The training facility is near U shuttle stops and UTA bus and TRAX routes. It also features on-site bicycle storage conveniently located near the campus bicycle masterplan’s desired routes.

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Stadiums Go for Gold with Green Design


Image credit: Shutterstock

Image credit: Shutterstock

Sports stadium owners are making big plays for sustainability as the dual economic and environmental benefits of green construction and renovation increasingly make for a winning strategy.

Thirty sustainably designed stadiums across the United States have been awarded or are in the midst of earning Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This third-party green building certification recognizes buildings that conserve water, reduce energy use, cut construction waste and support other sustainability goals.

The AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat basketball team, was the first National Basketball Association arena to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification. The facility recently achieved LEED Gold recertification.

Momentum is also picking up for green development on the international playing field. The Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit organization of sustainably minded professional sports leagues, teams and stadiums from around the world, includes in its ranks 191 venues that have publicly committed to improving their environmental performance.

These aren’t just feel-good moves, according to Rex Hamre, Vice President of Projects, JLL Americas. “Stadium owners must constantly evaluate two major ongoing questions,” says Hamre. “How can they fill more seats now and in the long run? And how can they continually ensure profitability while improving the fan experience? Green building strategies can help address both questions at once.”

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Eight Eco-Friendly Communities for Golfers

Save On Energy
By Shelly White

If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ve probably been watching the PGA Tour and eyeing the lush landscapes – wishing you could play on similar courses. We’ve got you covered. Our SaveOnEnergy.com® analysts looked at golf courses around the country to find some of the best spots to putt.

To make the cut, the course needed to be GEO Certified® – an award given to courses by the Golf Environment Organization that meet certain standards in the areas of nature, energy, supply chain and pollution control. Next, every golf course we chose to feature is in a town that has a high recorded number of sunshine days each year and a good overall air quality rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making it a great place to visit. Ready to take your game to a new fairway? Check out the list we compiled below.

Credit: Visit Laguna Beach

Credit: Visit Laguna Beach

Ben Brown’s Golf Course at the Ranch at Laguna Beach
A course located in Southern California is the first on our list: Ben Brown’s Golf Courseat the Ranch at Laguna Beach. Not only is it a gorgeous golf course, it’s also a friend to the environment. Ben Brown’s works with two organizations – the California Coastal Commission and the Laguna Canyon Foundation (LGF). Partnering with the first, the golf course monitors the chemical, biological and visual quality of its nearby water weekly. With help from the LGF, it stays on top of the air quality in the surrounding environment.

Read more about this course.

Broken Sound Club
We head to the southeastern corner of our country for the next course. In Boca Raton, FL, the Broken Sound Club golf course is making strides to maintain a high level of eco-friendliness. Broken Sound was the second golf course in the United States and the 14th in world to become GEO Certified.

Read more about this course.

Old South Golf Links
Just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island, SC, lies Bluffton – and the Old South Golf Links course. A GEO Certified course since 2016, Old South takes care to prevent contaminants from entering the water table.

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PGA National Resort and Spa
This South Florida golf course has maintained its GEO Certification since 2015. Located in the affluent city of Palm Beach Gardens, the PGA National Resort and Spa has made significant efforts to reduce its energy usage. With the initiatives it has in place – such as using energy-efficient irrigation pumps – the golf course has saved an estimated $18,000 each year in energy costs.

Read more about this course.

Read more about all of the eco-friendly rated courses, including:
The Bear Trace at Harri
The Legends at Parris Islandson Bay
The Sea Pines Resort
The Venice Golf and Country Club