Rose Garden Earns First LEED Gold Certification for a Major League Venue

by laliveinsider on Wed., Jan 27 at 09:00 AM

Recognition, First for a Major League Venue, 'a Milestone in the Greening of Sports'

January 27, 2010

The Rose Garden became the first venue to earn LEED Gold status for a major league sports facility, a milestone in the greening of sports.

This certification, awarded to the Rose Garden by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental program (LEED EB-O&M v.3 2009), identifies and rewards best practices for a building's energy, water and natural resource performance.

\"We are excited about today's achievement, but understand that the drive for greater energy efficiency and sustainable operations is an ongoing process,\" said AEG Facilities' Chris Oxley, General Manager of the Rose Quarter. \"We will continue to look for opportunities to further engage and involve our employees, guests and partners.\"

\"The AEG family of more than 100 venues from across the globe applauds the Rose Garden's commitment to the green movement and their LEED Gold Certification,\" said Bob Newman, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Facilities. \"As AEG continues to expand sustainability efforts in each of our venues worldwide, we look to the Rose Garden, the Trail Blazers and the leadership of General Manager Chris Oxley, as a 'best practices' example from which we can all learn.\"

A partial list of the Rose Garden's sustainability initiatives includes:

  • Recycling: The Rose Garden has taken steps to ensure that more than 60 percent of their waste is diverted from local landfills, including strategies such as post-event sorting. Extensive recycling stations for visitors and a food-waste composting program with vendors help divert more than 800 tons annually.
  • Transportation: Located in Portland's urban core, the Rose Quarter provides strong transportation choices for visitors, with more than 30 percent of attendees choosing public or alternative transportation-like Portland's growing bike community. The team subsidizes transit passes for staff and utilizes bikes and electric vehicles for on-site operations.
  • Energy, Gas and Water: In addition to installing energy efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures, the Rose Garden partners with Pacific Power and NW Natural for the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy programs for the arena.
  • Purchasing: The venue's efforts include forging partnerships with suppliers to further develop sustainable purchasing, including more than 95 percent compostable food and beverage serving containers and materials, 100 percent recycled content trash liners, and replacing disposables with re-usable commodities.
  • Health: The Trail Blazers, AEG Facilities, and Ovations are committed to utilizing environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment, and in keeping with Portland's status as the slow food capital of the U.S., they offer their guests a line of locally made food and beverage alternatives.

\"The Trail Blazers are proud to play a role in Portland's drive to be the greenest city in the country,\" said Larry Miller, President of the Portland Trail Blazers. \"Today's announcement is a result of the local expertise and innovation helping Portland foster a stronger, more sustainable economy. We don't view this as a one-time achievement, but as an important step toward our long-term goals.\"

Miller said that the team's fans and Portland community are an important part of the effort to reach its sustainability targets.

\"Our Portland fan base cares deeply about their impact on our natural heritage,\" said Miller. \"Oregon is one of the most beautiful, livable places on the planet, and commitment to being good environmental stewards is part of what defines our region. This is a team effort, involving all of us - working together.\"

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a leader in the movement for the greening of sports, praised today's LEED certification.

\"The announcement by the Portland Trail Blazers that the Rose Garden has achieved LEED Gold Certification is an authentic milestone in the greening of professional sports,\" said Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist and director of NRDC's Sports Greening Initiative. \"Never before has any major league sports arena or stadium achieved LEED Gold status, and it represents an accomplishment with likely consequences well beyond professional basketball.\"

Hershkowitz noted that the Trail Blazers' announcement holds the potential of having implications far beyond the world of sports.

\"With this announcement, the Portland Trail Blazers have let all sectors of our society know that we can meaningfully address the threats to our planet, that all businesses, even those that operate large and complex sporting arenas, can reduce energy use, protect our climate, and protect biodiversity. NRDC applauds the Trail Blazers' path-breaking accomplishment and we urge all facility operators, whether they manage a professional arena or a schoolhouse, to follow this meaningful example.\"

Local partners in the effort to achieve certification included Green Building Services Inc., which performed a carbon footprint and sustainability analysis, and Energy Trust of Oregon, which helped enable key energy audits and secure funding for building retrofitting.

Rose Quarter

The Rose Quarter in Portland, OR is owned by an affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers and managed by AEG Facilities. The Rose Quarter includes 20,000-seat Rose Garden, 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, 6,500-seat Theater of the Clouds, 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and the Rose Quarter Commons. Home to the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, the Rose Garden is a $267 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. The WHL Winterhawks play in Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1961 and served as the original home of the Trail Blazers. Memorial Coliseum is attached to 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and seven meeting rooms. The Commons, Portland's largest outdoor public plaza, connects the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for outdoor events. Ovations Food Services is the official food and beverage concessionaire for the Rose Quarter.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across four continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), Color Line Arena (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit

Media Contact

Erin Schumacher
Assistant Marketing Manager
Rose Quarter - AEG Facilities

One Center Court - Suite 150
Portland, OR 97227
p 503.963.3848
f 503.736.2182
[email protected]
Twitter: ErinRQ

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