How the Vikings Went Platinum: U.S. Bank Stadium Achieves LEED First
August 19, 2019 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Football season is little more than a month away, but one NFL stadium is already earned its trophy. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings, recently became the first sports stadium to earn LEED Platinum certification the Building Operations and Maintenance rating system.
The stadium, which opened in 2016, implemented several measures to get its existing building to Platinum, according to dailyreporter.com. The facility’s general manager Patrick Talty said the facility has diverted 1.86 million pounds of recyclables from landfills and 950,000 pounds of compost. The stadium uses renewable energy credits to power the stadium with 100 percent wind power, according to the Vikings.
The new LEED Platinum certification continues a tradition of environmental responsibility for the Vikings. The 1.75-million-square-foot facility earned LEED Gold for Building Design and Construction in 2017. In 2018, it hosted the first ever “Zero Waste” Super Bowl, diverting 91 percent of the event’s waste away from landfills.
This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, Building Operating Management and FacilitiesNet.com. Read his cover story on how buildings are tackling climate change.