Less than two years after Target Field was named the “Greenest Ballpark in America,” the Minnesota Twins’ home has earned a second honor for energy efficiency and sustainability. The facility’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification for New Construction is now paired with a shiny new LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance of the ballpark.
The Minnesota Twins and the Target Field are now the first professional sports franchise to attain both certifications from LEED, the nation’s most widely-recognized and accepted green building rating system by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Fact is, business and cultural organizations across Minnesota are increasingly placing a priority on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability—especially in new construction. As examples, the International Centre office building and the Butler Square building, both in downtown Minneapolis, have achieved ENERGY STAR ratings. The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center was awarded LEED Silver Certification just last month, and the Minnesota Zoo’s Education Event Center boasts a LEED Gold Certification.
And why not go greener? Businesses understand that waste is bad and efficiency is good. The Minnesota Twins report they were able to reduce their use of electricity by 12.1 percent in 2011, despite adding a new video board in right field and additional radiant heating units in the concourses. The facility sent more than 700 tons of trash to Minneapolis’s nearby waste-to-energy facility, recycling some of the electricity generated back to Target Field for water and facility heating. The stadium, also an ENERGY-STAR-rated building, is 23 percent more energy efficient than other buildings in its category. And the Twins are looking to the 2012 season for ways to make gains in energy efficiency, waste management, water savings and indoor environmental quality.
Good for the planet. Good for people. Good for profitability.
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