Is the Seattle-area Climate Pledge Arena green? This new arena will be powered by solar panels, eliminate single-use plastic, and fund nonprofit organizations. Those aren’t all the green features of this arena. The next step is to find ways to make it even more sustainable.
Seattle’s new climate pledge arena is sustainable.
The green wall of Seattle’s climate pledge arena is a prominent environmental feature of the venue. The green fence contains over eight thousand plants representing two dozen native species. The wall also features large LCDs that show the growing number of people who have signed the Climate Pledge. The entire arena was designed to be green as possible. It has a total square footage of 932,000 square feet and is expected to be net-zero carbon certified.
The climate pledge arena is a state-of-the-art structure once home to the Seattle Kraken. It is the first sports venue to achieve net-zero carbon certification from the International Living Future Institute. The building uses renewable energy and will reduce emissions as much as possible.
Solar panels will power it.
The Climate Pledge Arena is the world’s first zero-carbon event venue, and the arena has the distinction of being the first naming right deal for a cause. The arena’s goal is to have zero waste, which includes zero single-use plastics, by 2024, and solar panels will help the meet that goal. It is also expected that water runoff will be collected from the roof, and the rest of the energy used by the venue will be funneled to offset renewable energy plants.
The installation will consist of solar panels at three different sites, including a recently built atrium in front of the arena, the adjacent parking garage, and a training facility in another city area. Each of these sites will have roughly the same load – around two megawatts. The atrium site will feature flush-mounted solar panels, while the parking garage will use canopy solar panels.
It will provide funding for nonprofits.
The Seattle Storm and NHL Seattle will use the climate pledge arena to promote the use of public transportation. Tickets for both events will be free and double as public transit passes. The Seattle Monorail is also being refurbished. Amazon and OVG are forming a Climate Pledge Arena Sustainability Advisory Council to support local environmental initiatives. And all of these nonprofits will receive funding from the arena.
The nonprofit organization One Roof Foundation is also leveraging the Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken resources to help local communities. Their vision is a more equitable society and a healthy planet. The nonprofits that will receive funding from this partnership will include youth and community-based organizations that engage youth.