M&T Bank Stadium Achieves LEED Gold Certification
On November 19, 2013, M&T Bank Stadium became the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive U.S. Green Building Council's Gold rating. A LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.
This is a landmark achievement for an existing structure, made possible by applying policies and procedures mandated by the Maryland’s energy-saving initiatives, namely the EmPOWER Maryland program. The energy audits and other related certification work were partially funded by the Maryland Energy Administration’s State Buildings Energy Efficiency initiative.
"I'm pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Gold designation with our World Champions. Working together, we're meeting some of the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation, fostering innovation and job creation that will lead to a better, more sustainable future for our children." --- Governor Martin O’Malley
Some of the major sustainability projects at M&T Bank Stadium highlighted by LEED include:
- 43% water reduction with the installation of over 400 waterless urinals
- 27% above the national average in energy efficiency
- Offset 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
- Electricity at the stadium has been reduced from 15,952,984 kilowatt hours in 2005 to 10,881,579 in 2012, a savings of 5,071,405 kilowatt hours. (That savings can heat about 440 homes for a year.)
- 71% of regularly occupied spaces have access to outdoor views
Among the efforts at M&T Bank Stadium that helped earn the Gold recognition from LEED are:
- The stadium recycles 31% of its regular waste and is working to increase this percentage.
- The stadium saves over 3 million gallons of water per year with waterless urinals and water-efficient restroom fixtures throughout the building.
- All purchases for M&T Bank Stadium follow the Sustainable Purchasing Policy to include recycled, renewable and Energy Star-labeled products for the building.
- The stadium implements a "Green Cleaning" program that improves air quality and reduces waste with green cleaning products and materials.
- 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.
- 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.
- The stadium's efficient irrigation system and adaptive vegetation reduces 30% of its potable water for outside irrigation.
- Environmentally friendly operations and maintenance programs are used in all pest, landscape and hardscape management programs for the stadium.
- In 2013, the M&T Bank Stadium went completely smoke-free.