HOK was named a finalist for ESPN’s third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in the Corporate Community Impact category for their work designing sustainable sports facilities and continued partnership with the Green Sports Alliance. The Corporate Community Impact Award recognizes a corporation that uses the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause or community organization. Additional nominees for the Corporate Community Impact Award included Chevron, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Under Armour.
As recognition for being a finalist, HOK receives a $25,000 award from ESPN to donate to a non-profit of their choosing. HOK has generously selected the Green Sports Alliance Foundation as the recipient of their award money and funds will support strategic, organizational and programmatic development around core focus areas of international expansion, athlete engagement, youth programming, and Green Sports Day.
The awards celebrate and honor leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society. Winners were announced at a ceremony at L.A. LIVE’s The Novo on Tuesday, July 11.
HOK has designed sustainable sports facilities amounting to approximately $4 billion in built work, including the first professional stadium to pursue LEED Platinum (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), the first LEED Silver ballpark (Nationals Park) and the only salmon-safe certified stadium and the single largest LEED certified facility by seat count (Husky Stadium). Across their stadiums, HOK has saved energy use by an average of 18.75%; reduced water consumption by 38.4%; diverted an average of 80% of waste from landfills; and designed spaces that have produced more than 24 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables for their communities.