There will be a new arena under construction in Seattle.
Climate Pledge Arena will be the first zero carbon arena in the world thanks to the partnership of Oak View Group (OVG), NHL Seattle and Amazon, an announcement revealed Thursday.
The arena, which will house NHL Seattle, will be powered by renewable energy instead of using natural gas in arenas and stadiums.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued a statement on Instagram.
“I am excited to announce that Amazon has purchased the naming rights to the historic Seattle stadium formerly known as KeyArena,” Bezos wrote. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we call it the Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the world’s first certified net zero carbon sand, will generate zero debris from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL. #ClimatePledge “.
“Our goal is to make sure every visit to this arena is enjoyable and memorable, and sustainability is a big part of that,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group and leader of the arena project. “It is not just an arena, it is the platform. We challenge music, facilities, concert tours and sports. It is our time to step forward to meet the challenge of our generation. We must take steps to build arenas and stadiums that front and center align with our zero carbon mission statement. “
Climate Pledge Arena will also be the first arena to ban single-use plastics and commit to zero functional waste. Fans will only see composting and recycling bins, not trash cans, according to the association. It will be the lowest carbon scenario in the world.
Ice will be the greenest in the world. The arena will use rainwater, zero greenhouse gas refrigerants, and electric Zambonis. It is also the largest coordinated effort to engage fans with weather issues of any NHL team.
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“Having worked on some of the greenest projects in the world, this project stands out above all else in its ability to reach a broader audience and address climate change and other global environmental issues,” said Jason F. McLennan, a notable Seattle-area architect and founder of the Living Building Challenge, who is consulting with OVG and NHL Seattle on the arena project.
“I knew the world would force more and more sports and entertainment venues to cut all carbon emissions. It was just a matter of when and where. I am delighted that it is now and here in Seattle.”