According to a recent report, Los Angeles leads the nation in green job creation. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that LA is working to become the home of Farmers Field, a 72,000-seat, downtown football stadium and event center that its backers say will be the most environmentally sustainable such facility in the world, as well as the first stadium in the NFL to gain LEED certification.
At the recent annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton recognized sports and entertainment presenters AEG for their Commitment to Action to invest $1 billion in this event center. AEG will be working with a number of partners to ensure that it meets its lofty green goals for Farmers Field, including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
This recognition comes hot on the heels of approval by the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown of a bill to fast-track development of the stadium, on the condition that the project be 100 percent carbon neutral for all emissions generated from private automobile trips to and from the stadium, and that Farmers Field has the best ratio of fans-to-automobiles in the NFL. In order to achieve that goal, the stadium will also have to prioritize on-site and local projects before purchasing carbon offsets, thereby supporting local economic development while ensuring positive environmental and social impacts.
Additionally, as part of its Commitment to Action, AEG says it will go beyond those legal requirements set by the state to achieve carbon neutrality for all of its emissions from energy consumption and mechanical operations of the stadium. Combining these commitments with additional measures – such as water conservation and waste and recycling programs, including the donation of durable goods and an in-house composting program – is expected to create the nation’s most comprehensive environmental program for any NFL stadium, backers of the project say.