Blog Archives

Target Field achieves LEED Gold Certification for Operation & Maintenance

2017.04.25-NewsFeed-Target Field-IMAGE

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.”

Read the full release here.

NC State University Reynolds Coliseum Achieves LEED Silver For Sustainability

By cwdavis3 | NC State Sustainability

2017.04.25-NewsFeed-NCSU LEED Silver-IMAGE

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.

Email our membership manager rahul@greensportsalliance.org to learn more about collegiate membership opportunities.

LA 2024 Releases New South Bay Venue Renderings To Celebrate Earth Day


LA 2024 StubHub Velo Sports Center – Olympic Track Cycling; Paralympic Road Cycling

LA 2024 StubHub Velo Sports Center – Olympic Track Cycling; Paralympic Road Cycling

The Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Saturday celebrated Earth Day by “highlighting its designated Green Sports Park, the South Bay Sports Park at the multi-sport StubHub Center complex.”

LA 2024 released a new series of venue renderings of the Green Sports Park – the South Bay Sports Park at the multi-sport StubHub Center complex – marking the second in a series of virtual venue tours.

These renderings include StubHub Center Fields for Olympic Field Hockey;  StubHub Stadium for Olympic Rugby and Modern Pentathlon and Paralympic Soccer 5 a Side;  StubHub Tennis Center for Olympic Tennis and Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis and StubHub Velo Sports Center for Olympic Track Cycling and Paralympic Road Cycling.

In a statement the bid said “LA 2024 will collaborate with the South Bay Sports Park’s venue owner and operator, AEG, to incorporate resilient design, including clean energy, water efficiency and resource reuse, as well as innovative circular economy solutions for all temporary and overlay construction. LA 2024’s Green Sports Park will also serve as a demonstration for what is possible and scalable with local and regional business solutions through sustainable sourcing, labor contracting and resource efficient design.”

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said “We believe that the IOC has a unique opportunity in 2024 to position the Games at the forefront of sustainability best practices, not only in terms of hosting global sporting events, but also in terms of how global sporting events can be harnessed to further a city’s long-term green goals.

Read the full story here.