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Mercedes-Benz Stadium achieves certification first

January 09 2023

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, has become the first stadium in professional sports worldwide to be awarded the globally recognised Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) Platinum certification for its zero waste efforts.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium achieves certification first

Administered by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), TRUE certification recognises buildings and projects which have implemented the foundational programmes and policies of sustainable waste management and reduction practices.

The stadium’s green practices and programmes, which allow it to achieve zero waste on event days and in the building’s administrative offices, include using supply chain items made from recyclable and compostable materials, and leveraging a 6,000-square-foot resource recovery room to reclaim, sort and divert materials from landfill.

“At two million square feet and a capacity of 75,000 seats, no other sports venue of this size anywhere has accomplished what we’ve done,” Dietmar Exler, Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s chief operating officer.
“This TRUE certification continues [Falcons owner] Arthur Blank’s long-term sustainable vision for generations of fans, a commitment to reduce our overall environmental footprint both in and around the stadium. We didn’t want to just change what we do at Mercedes-Benz Stadium; we wanted to be the example for everyone in the sports and entertainment industry that this can be achieved, and we can make a difference.”

Mercedes-Benz Stadium also operates a variety of other sustainable practices, such as water retention, energy conservation, alternative transportation, urban garden and agricultural programmes.

“Businesses must go beyond our current wasteful practices and think critically about how to redesign processes so that less waste is produced in the first place,” said Peter Templeton, president of US Green Building Council and GBCI.

Click here to find out more about Green Business Certification.

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