Football season is here! While majority of us in Baltimore are Ravens fans it is a wonder on how much of an impact the M&T Stadium has on the environment. According to Russell Street Report, the Baltimore Ravens partnered with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) and received a LEED certified “Gold” designation for M&T Bank Stadium from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and educates and recognizes communities and companies who want to limit their environmental impact and encourage sustainability. It is a “program that provides third-party verification of green buildings” based on points earned.
The Russell Street Report mentions that the Baltimore Ravens’ home stadium is the first “existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States, [which includes] all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums” to ever receive a Gold Rating. The stadium received its rating due to the following efforts:
- Installed 400 waterless urinals and water efficient restroom fixtures
- Is 27% above the national average for energy efficiency
- Found ways to reduce 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduced enough electricity that could heat about 440 homes per year
- Recycles 31% of its waste and working towards increasing this percentage
- All purchases for the M&T Stadium follow the Sustainable Purchasing Policy
- Utilizes a “Green Cleaning” program that improves air quality and reduces wastes by using eco-friendly cleaning products
- Encourages public transportation and has a “Ravens Ride” program
- Public transportation utilized by many stadium staff members
- Contains an efficient irrigation system
- Uses environmentally safe practices for landscape operation.
The stadium has become a true role model for other stadiums across the country to become more sustainable. We only have a couple of weeks left to enjoy the football season, but as Ravens fans we can do it knowing our stadium is doing its best to limit its impact on the environment.