Sustainability Scores Points.

9 Aug 2011

Qwest Field in Seattle. Photo credit: subactive_photo@Flickr

As I have posted here before (The Greening of Sports) (The Greening of Sports Continued…), a number of professional sports teams are leading the charge on green construction and sustainability.  The most recent announcements call for sustainable energy projects at FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins), Lincoln Financial Field (home to the Philadelphia Eagles), and Qwest Field Event Center (home to the Seattle Seahawks).  According to the organizations’ websites, the projects are all set to be completed by September — in time for the start of the NFL season (although I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL work stoppage delayed some of the construction).

The FedEx Field plans call for the installation of 8,000 panels — some of which will be located on top of 850 premium parking spaces — which will generate up to two megawatts of electricity.  The solar system will be able to fully power stadium operations on non-game days, and partially power operations on game days.

Lincoln Financial Field looks to become the world’s first sports stadium to fully convert to self-generated renewable energy.  The plans call for, among other things, the stadium’s facade to be covered with 2,500 solar panels, the installation of 80 spiral wind turbines atop the stadium rim, and the operation of a cogeneration plant.

Finally, Qwest Field plans to install, on its roof, the largest solar energy array to date in the State of Washington.  The solar installation will cover over 2.5 acres (or approximately 80% of the roof) and is projected to generate over 830,000 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of powering 95 Seattle area homes for a year.

Did you know?  The first pro sports-team project to earn LEED certification under the USGBC was not a stadium…but the Detroit Lions’ own $34 million training facility and administrative headquarters in Allen Park.  Given Ford Motor Company’s green roof at the Rouge Plant and the Lions’ LEED certified headquarters, one wonders why Ford Field wasn’t also in the news for “going green.”  Maybe ownership was more concerned with putting a “sustainable” product on the field? (Ha ha.)  I’ll look into this and report back.

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