From: Environmental Leader
Published April 9, 2009 07:32 AM

Sports Arenas Go Green

Office and government buildings aren’t the only structures going green; two sports arenas — the Philips Arena and the American Airlines Arena — have met the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Thrashers, is the first NBA or NHL arena to achieve LEED certification for an existing facility, reported The facility meets LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) certification.

USGBC president, CEO and founding chairman Rick Fedrizzi told that if all 5.1 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. followed the lead of Philips Arena to become more energy efficient, it would save about $160 billion by 2030 and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

American Airlines Arena in Miami was certified the same day as the Philips Arena in Atlanta, making the two facilities the only sports arenas in the country with LEED certification, reported the Sun Sentinel.

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