Thoughts of Sustainability on Super Sunday
The kickoff approaches – thoughts of sustainability
The Super Bowl is a few hours away from kickoff. During the pre-game show James Brown mentioned that Levi’s stadium, the host of the game, was constructed to the highest levels of sustainability. What does this mean? Before the kickoff, the halftime show, and of, course the commercials, let’s take a peek about how sustainability ties in with today’s Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl’s most sustainable venue – Levi’s Stadium
By the time Levi’s stadium opened in Santa Clara, California it had achieved LEED Gold Status for new construction from United States Green Building Council. (USGBC). It was the first NFL stadium to open at this level with only LEED Platinum exceeding Levi’s meeting the highest standard possible for buildings. In order to achieve gold status there are prerequisites in water savings, energy efficiency and sustainable site development which needed to be met.
1,162 solar panels were installed in partnership with NRG which allow support most of the buildings power requirements being provided by renewable sources. The panels along with LED lightening enable Levi’s stadium to be a zero-energy building achieving net zero energy on game days. Included among the panels are three solar paneled covered bridges which serve as exits and entrances to the stadium.
Levi’s Stadium is accessible to public transportation. Any resident of the Bay Area and has worked in the Valley knows the daily commute can be a challenge. I live 35 miles from Santa Clara and could walk a few blocks and board the ACE train from the Livermore station and get off at the Great America station which is within a short walk from the stadium.
The 49ers new home will use reclaimed water for use in the urinals as well as for irrigating the field, and refrigeration. In fact, 85 percent of the water used in the building is recyclable. The billing low water fixtures conserve 40 percent less than the regular models.
Finally, the open area in the stadium are adorned with native plants and the materials used to build the facility include over 40 percent recycled content.
Where will I spend the big game?
In spite of the opportunity attend a sporting event in the greenest sports stadium with the security and the crowds I would still rather reduce my carbon footprint and stay at home.