Moda Center Portland

Platinum in Portland: Moda Center Achieves LEED First

  September 3, 2019

By Greg Zimmerman

A couple weeks ago, Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium became the first football stadium to achieve LEED Platinum with the LEED for Operations and Maintenance rating system. Now, Portland, Ore.’s Moda Center, home to the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, has become the first arena to achieve the Platinum milestone.

The 19,393-seat arena, which originally opened in 1995, achieved LEED Gold nine years ago, but has implemented several further sustainability measures to upgrade to Platinum. 

For one, the building’s owners were recognized for their commitment to alternative transportation. They’ve added EV charging stations and programs to encourage guests to walk, bike, or use public transportation to the facility, according to KATU.

As well, the facility converts food waste into soil, which is used throughout the Rose Quarter campus, according to Connect Seattle. Crews sort waste into different categories after each event, diverting more than 1 million pounds of waste from landfills every year. 

This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, Building Operating Management and FacilitiesNet.com. Read his cover story about Chris Walinski and his mission to make open offices flexible and productive


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