July 21, 2017
When you think of sporting venues, the first thing that might come to mind are mammoth arenas or ballparks filled with fans, and the smell of grilled foods and spilled beer. It’s quite possible that “environmentally friendly” might not be on that list.
However, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, at least 30 sports venues in use or underway in the U.S. are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. And the number is growing. For example, the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, has a water-capture system. Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Golden 1 Center, home to the Kings, is powered by solar energy.
Dan Chorost, environmental attorney at Sive, Paget & Riesel, said venue owners go green because of PR benefits, or to fulfill local requirements. But, Michael Ahearn with Spectra indicated that capital costs or a low return on investment could deter some owners from moving to green.
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