SEATTLE — FansThe Seattle Kraken, who joined N.H.L. this season as the league’s 32nd team, had a lot to take in at the club’s first-ever home game last Saturday. ThereThere were new players on the ice, new seats to find, and new concession stands to look for.
YetTheir greatest discovery was the 1,800-square foot green wall that describes their mission. Climate Pledge ArenaThe Kraken’s new home, which opened just in time for the game. HundredsMany fans stopped to take photos in front of the thousands of plants that are growing in the vertical bedding. It is made from recycled plastic bottles.
BeforeThe game JenniferAnd Shane Pisani were among those who stopped to view the greenery and the screens that showed images of solar panels, wind turbines and a statement, “The World’s First Net Zero Carbon Arena.”
The PisanisLongtime hockey fans were delighted to see a team come to town. TheyWe were also happy that the KrakenStand for more than just wins or losses
“It speaks to what the owners and team want to say to the community,” Shane Pisani said. “I’m looking forward to sitting in a state-of-the-art arena.”
Climate Pledge ArenaIt is truly state-of the-art. ItIncludes the most recent LED scoreboards, grab and go food stands, and ticketless technology. ButThe $1.2 Billion arena operators are also trying set a new standard in green construction by reducing and offsetting all of their planet-warming emissions.
TheirMissions are expensive, time-consuming, and risky. It has never been attempted at a sporting venue before. Calculating emissions is complex and imprecise, and exposes the arena operators to accusations of “greenwashing” — providing misleading information about the building’s environmental attributes.
Tim LeiwekeThe chief executive officer of the Oak View Group51 percent of the building’s ownership was owned by. ButHe believes the effort will pay off in the long-term and that the arena will serve as a model for other people in the industry.
“There’s nothing today that is going to economically reward us for going carbon neutral yet,” Leiweke said. “I believe our fans and sponsors will respect us and the rewards will come, but you’ve got to lead first and take your chances.”
A growing number sports venues have been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building CouncilBut that designation, which stands as for, is. LeadershipIn EnergyAnd Environmental Design, recognizes primarily eco-friendly infrastructure, and not necessarily how a building functions. ByPromising to be transparent in achieving net zero carbon emissions and attempting to do so by claiming that they will. Climate Pledge ArenaCould be a new model. CommercialIn 2020, 18% of U.S. energy use was attributed to buildings.
“People over the years have used LEED to guide them, but that only takes you so far,” said Scott JenkinsCo-founder of the Green Sports Alliance. “WeYou have an urgent need to act, and business as usual won’t cut it. The challenge is, how do we get others to follow?”
LeiwekeThe Kraken’s principal owner, David Bonderman, who with his partners owns the other 49 percent of the building, did not start out trying to build the country’s greenest arena. TheirThe most difficult challenge was to figure out how to update an arena built in 1962 World’s FairWith landmark windows and a roof, as well as windows that are nearby Space NeedleYou can also take the monorail to downtown.
AfterInnovative in December2018: The 44-million-pound steel roof was perched on 72 stilts to allow for the demolition of the entire arena below. AirThe property was also equipped with solar panels, air conditioners, and other machinery that could normally be mounted on the roof. A cistern was created to store 15,000 gallons (drained rainwater from the roof) that would then be distributed electrically. Zambonisto resurface ice.
TheThis project was highly praised by environmentalists for its preservation of an existing structure in a neighbourhood with easy access to public transportation.
TheRenovations became more complicated last spring. AmazonThe privilege was purchased by the naming rights of the building for $300 million to $400 millions. ButInstead of decorating the arena with their logo as most companies do AmazonNamed the building after one its most ambitious initiatives, The Climate Pledge.
TheThe company made the pledge in 2019, promising to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2040. This is a decade before the targets set in 2015. ParisClimate agreement Colgate-Palmolive, SiemensAnd Unileverare among the 200 companies who have signed up since then.
ToMake sure it has walked the walk. Amazon worked with the builders to cut the arena’s emissions, mirroring the efforts in its own offices and facilities. “We’re trying to draw attention to the climate crisis, and we’re trying to draw attention to the solutions that exist,” said Kara Hurst, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide sustainability.
TheProject was given a new mandate. LeiwekeHiring JasonMcLennan, an environmentalist and architect who founded the International Living Future InstituteThe company created a certification program that is more than LEED-required for sustainable buildings.
To meet those goals, the building couldn’t use fossil fuels. Orders for dehumidifiers, pizza ovens and even the machines that dry players’ gloves had to be canceled because they were powered by natural gas. ElectricReplacements needed to be found.
NextThe electricity that powers the building must come from renewable sources. Solar panels were placed on an atrium at the arena, at a nearby parking lot and at the team’s practice facility north of Seattle. MoreIn a windfar, electricity was purchased. Eastern Washington.
Thearena is trying to divert 97% of its waste from the landfills by composting and recycling; single-use plastics will be eliminated in 2024. OnOpening night, fans were treated to beer in aluminum cups made from recyclable materials. Leiweke’s team is working with PepsiCompanies and other organizations to eliminate all plastic wrapping and other packaging.
“We haven’t had any significant pushback from suppliers, but check back with me in a year,” said Rob Johnson, Head of Sustainability for the Kraken.
TheThe greatest challenge is calculating the emissions generated by the building and those generated by fans who travel to it, as well the emissions from every vendor that delivers goods. Surveys will help determine whether fans arrive in gas-powered or electric cars, or take buses, light rail, the monorail and other public transportation — which they can ride for free by showing their KrakenConcert tickets. Their carbon emissions will be added to the building’s tally. SoThe emissions from charter flights will be the same as those from regular flights. KrakenTeams from visiting countries take to and return Seattle.
TrackingVendors’ emissions are more difficult because of their varied carbon footprints. Molly De MersExecutive chef at Delaware NorthA hospitality company that manages the building’s food service operations,, stated that three-quarters the food used in the arena is sourced from farms and ranches located within a 300-mile radius. Seattle.
When sustainability is weighed against profit and loss, “that’s where it gets tricky,” De Mers said. “Because obviously costs rise when you start incorporating that.”
TheLocal buying means that you avoid avocados from Mexico. De MersYou can also choose foods that can be prepared in many ways. WatermelonsThey are available as vegan sashimi and their rinds can be pickled and used in salads. CarrotTops can be made into gremolata (a condiment). PlantThe main concourse sells -based hamburgers which have a lower carbon footprint than beef burgers.
The arena’s emissions will be tallied at the end of each year, and AmazonThe Oak View GroupYou can offset any carbon emissions by purchasing credits in environmental restoration programmes. TheMcLennan stated that data will be made available to hold building operators accountable.
“No one’s ever done that, not even in any of the deepest green buildings,” he said.
For now, the “Net Zero Carbon” declaration on the green wall is more aspirational than real because it will take at least a year for auditors to tally the emissions. Even then, the building will be “functionally zero,” McLennan said, because “true zero is nearly impossible.”
This linguistic sleight of hand alarms some longtime environmentalists, who worry that if the building’s ambitious goals are not met, critics may argue that the project amounts to marketing without substance.
“Claiming superlative accomplishments like ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘net zero’ without specifying what scope of impact is being referred to or, much worse, claiming such a lofty accomplishment when it is not actually achieved, is greenwashing,” said Allen HershkowitzThe N.H.L. is advised by. and other leagues on environmental issues. “It breeds cynicism instead of inspiration.”
McLennan admitted that the building would only be certified after its first year of operations. ButHe is positive that the goal can be achieved.
“This is not greenwashing,” he said. “Everyone needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘We’ve all been part of the problem,’ and we need to say, ‘OK, fair enough, but what are we doing now and what do we do going forward?’ That’s how I would respond to that.”
Source: NY Times