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M&T Bank Stadium Becomes First Outdoor Professional Sports Facility in US to Earn USGBC Gold Rating

Updated: Tuesday, November 19 2013, 12:55 PM EST

The Baltimore Ravens, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority, have earned a LEED-certified "Gold" designation for M&T Bank Stadium from the U.S. Green Building Council.

M&T Bank Stadium becomes the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive USGBC's Gold rating.

Among the efforts at M&T Bank Stadium that helped earn the Gold recognition from LEED are:

 

1. The stadium recycles 31% of its regular waste and is working to increase this percentage.

2. The stadium saves over 3 million gallons of water per year with waterless urinals and water-efficient restroom fixtures throughout the building.

3. All purchases for M&T Bank Stadium follow the Sustainable Purchasing Policy to include recycled, renewable and Energy Star-labeled products for the building.

4. The stadium implements a "Green Cleaning" program that improves air quality and reduces waste with green cleaning products and materials.

5. Both the Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority encourage the use of public and alternative transportation to stadium events. 10% of Ravens fans use the MTA Light Rail service to travel to and from games. Another 2% use buses through the "Ravens Ride" program.

6. 38% of M&T Bank Stadium staff use alternative transportation to work, contributing to the stadium's carbon footprint reduction of 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

7. The stadium's efficient irrigation system and adaptive vegetation reduces 30% of its potable water for outside irrigation.

8. Environmentally friendly operations and maintenance programs are used in all pest, landscape and hardscape management programs for the stadium.

Along with the LEED designation, the USGBC presents a plaque saluting this honor. The plaque will be placed prominently at M&T Bank Stadium.

M&T Bank Stadium Becomes First Outdoor Professional Sports Facility in US to Earn USGBC Gold Rating


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