Rose Garden Earns First LEED Gold Certification For A Major League Venue

PORTLAND, OR (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Rose Garden became the first venue to earn LEED Gold status for a major league sports facility, a milestone in the greening of sports.


This certification, awarded to the Rose Garden by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental program, identifies and rewards best practices for a building’s energy, water and natural resource performance.

A partial list of the Rose Garden’s sustainability initiatives includes:

  • Recycling: The Rose Garden has taken steps to ensure that more than 60 percent of their waste is diverted from local landfills, including strategies such as post-event sorting. Extensive recycling stations for visitors and a food-waste composting program with vendors help divert more than 800 tons annually.

  • Transportation: Located in Portland’s urban core, the Rose Quarter provides strong transportation choices for visitors, with more than 30 percent of attendees choosing public or alternative transportation—like Portland’s growing bike community. The team subsidizes transit passes for staff and utilizes bikes and electric vehicles for on-site operations.

  • Energy, Gas and Water: In addition to installing energy efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures, the Rose Garden partners with Pacific Power and NW Natural for the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy programs for the arena.

  • Purchasing: The venue’s efforts include forging partnerships with suppliers to further develop sustainable purchasing, including more than 95 percent compost able food and beverage serving containers and materials, 100 percent recycled content trash liners, and replacing disposables with re-usable commodities.

  • Health: The Trail Blazers, AEG Facilities, and Ovations are committed to utilizing environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment, and in keeping with Portland’s status as the slow food capital of the U.S., they offer their guests a line of locally made food and beverage alternatives.

    –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers