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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, future home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, is going green.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is taking notice, praising and recognizing the sustainability efforts of the stadium last week. The Falcons hope that the venue will be the first NFL and MLS stadium to earn a LEED Platinum certification.
“From inception, Arthur Blank challenged us to make Mercedes-Benz Stadium one of the most sustainable buildings in sports,” Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins said in a statement, referring to the Falcons’ owner. “We’re proud to say that we are achieving our goal by implementing innovative solutions that will allow us to be the first professional sports stadium to achieve LEED Platinum status.”
The stadium will be the first of its kind to achieve all water credits available via LEED, but it does not stop there. A retractable roof and LED lighting throughout the stadium are among other environmentally valuable additions will also be on display.
“We’re lucky in that lighting is changing,” Jenkins told SportsBusiness Journal last year. “At some point, people won’t even talk about LEDs because everything will be LED.”
The stadium is dropped in the Proctor Creek watershed and will have 4,000 solar panels to generate renewable energy.
Along with that, multiple public rail-line stations will be merely a mile or so out from the stadium operating using an electric-vehicle charging stations to cut down on emissions.