B_0214_TEM7

Baltimore Ravens Stadium Scores LEED Points

Jan. 22, 2014
M&T Bank Stadium is the first of its kind to earn Gold for Existing Buildings.

The Baltimore Ravens might as well have just won the Sustainability Bowl. In partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), the organization has earned a LEED-EB Gold certification for M&T Bank Stadium.

It is now the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the U.S. to receive a Gold designation.

“We wanted to step forward as a leader in the stadium industry by pushing the envelope with efficiency and sustainability,” says Dick Cass, president of the Ravens. “Our staff used creative strategies that produced significant energy and maintenance efficiencies and cost savings.”

Project highlights include:

  • 43% water reduction with the installation of over 400 waterless urinals
  • 27% above the national average in energy efficiency
  • 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions offset
  • 5,071,405 kWh of electricity reduced between 2005 and 2012
  • 71% of regularly occupied spaces have access to outdoor views.

“One of the benefits of these efforts and this recognition is that the Ravens and MSA set a standard for existing stadiums, allowing us to help educate the public about the importance of retrofitting existing structures to help the environment,” says Roy Sommerhof, vice president of stadium operations for the Ravens.

Achieving LEED Gold does more than just showcase a commitment to the environment, says John Morton III, chairman of MSA.

“This standard of excellence enhances the value of our stadium,” he explains. “For many sports and entertainment entities, sustainability is a key factor in selecting venues. This designation improves our chances to attract these events.”

Other efforts at M&T Bank Stadium include:

  • The stadium currently recycles 31% of its regular waste and plans to increase that figure.
  • All purchases follow USGBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy to use recycled, renewable, and ENERGY STAR-labeled products.
  • The green cleaning policy improves air quality and reduces waste with sustainable products and materials.
  • The Ravens and MSA encourage using public transportation, with 10% of visitors using the MTA Light Rail service and 2% using “Ravens Ride” buses.
  • An efficient irrigation system and adaptive vegetation reduces 30% of its potable water usage for outside irrigation.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...