Levi's Stadium is the first sports stadium in the United States to achieve LEED Gold status upon completion; the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium received the same certification after their remodels last year.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is "recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building."
From The Sacramento Bee:
The 49ers also used recycled products in the construction -- recycled wood, for instance, in the luxury suites. The building also is surrounded by public transit options, and the 49ers have a plan to accommodate cyclists on game days.
LEED Certification requires an application and four-part review process. For organizational level or non-members the process costs $1,200 for registration, and certification fees that start at $2,750; for silver, gold, and platinum level members, registration costs $900, and certification fees start at $2,250.
The projects can be awarded certifications of "certified," "silver," "gold," and "platinum."
- Sarah Barshop