The 2018 Super Bowl is less than two weeks away, so in honor of sporting events in stadiums filled to the brim with excited fans, here’s our list of the seven greenest stadiums around the world.
Levi’s Stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers and was the host of Super Bowl 50 in 2016. It made environmental history when it first opened in 2014. Of all its green initiatives, its plan for stormwater management was the most significant. Featuring six biofiltration systems in parking lots and areas right next to the building, water flows downward, gets treated, then goes into an underground pipe, irrigating nearby plants and trees.
This stadium is on the map in 2018 as its team, the Eagles, is heading to this year’s Superbowl. But additionally, Lincoln Field Financial is considered one of the greenest in the world. It utilizes 1,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and occupancy-based lighting controls, and creates more than four times the power used during a season.
This iconic stadium was the first Premier League venue to transition to 100% renewably-supplied electricity. The world-famous venue is powered through an array of 154 solar panels. The stadium also has a recycled water supply, while all food waste makes its way back to anaerobic digestion plants where it’s turned into energy.
Researchers at the University of Missouri began a study in 2014 about waste at football stadiums. So, they decided to include their own. Their findings spoke volumes: 47.3 metric tons of waste were generated over the five games, most of which was discarded prepared food. This evidence began the drive to becoming a zero-waste stadium, which they’re working toward with various initiatives.
Since Wembley opened in 2007, its management has always pushed toward sustainability. They reached an important milestone in 2014 by becoming a zero waste-to-landfill venue 100% powered by renewable energy, and reducing electricity and carbon emissions 30%. This also led Wembley to become one of the first national stadiums to be certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for the implementation of Environmental Management Systems.
When Nationals Park opened in 2008 it made history by become the country’s first LEED certified Major League facility. This honor was achieved in multiple ways, from the greenery that adorns the center field wall, to the fuel- and energy efficient machinery that’s used to by the maintenance crew, to the recycling and environmentally-responsibly cleaning supplies. Every detail counted toward gaining this important status.
Green initiatives don’t often come to mind when referring to NASCAR races, but the sport is making headway across many of its stadiums, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The IMS Solar Farm was recently recognized with an award at the NASCAR Green Summit. Introduced in July 2014, the solar farm consists of 68 acres and helps provide affordable energy to 2,700 Central Indiana homes, offsetting 10,288 tons of carbon annually.