Rose Garden is greenest stadium

The Rose Green Arena has undergone the greenest retrofit of any U.S. sports stadium.

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Food composting, using renewable energy, and replacing light fixtures and mechanical systems are just some of the practices the Rose Garden Arena has implemented to accomplish the greenest retrofit of any sports stadium in the country.

The arena was certified LEED Gold this week by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

A handful of sports stadiums have been certified at the lowest levels of the LEED program, but among major league sports facilities, no new buildings or retrofits have reach the gold ranking.

“LEED definitely challenges you to think about things differently and examine your day-to-day operations and maintenance to get to the level that we got,” said Chris Oxley, general manager of the Rose Quarter and Rose Garden. “It really required us to get pretty in-depth on how we’re running the building.”

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