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.”