APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
This commitment expands in detail and scope upon an existing commitment made by AEG to make Farmers Field Stadium carbon neutral in terms of fan transportation. AEG also committed to make Farmers Field Stadium the best in the NFL in terms of highest percent of non-auto fan travel to venue. This commitment also addresses the design, construction, and operations of the venue.
The environmental program for Farmers Field and L.A. LIVE will be privately financed by AEG and is valued at over one and a half billion dollars. AEG will also partner with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to have the L.A. LIVE campus be the first entertainment complex to be certified under LEED for Communities. This means every L.A. LIVE venue will be pursuing LEED certification in the next five years leading up to the opening of Farmers Field.
AEG will only be responsible for the day to day operations of Farmers Field. For design and construction of both venues, AEG will be working with the USGBC to pursue LEED certification. In addition to these commitments, AEG has set the following environmental goals for Farmers Field:
Energy and Climate
- 100 percent climate neutral for greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption and mechanical operations of the stadium
Farmers Field will achieve climate neutrality through the installation of best available technology for HVAC, lighting, and all major electrical appliances and control systems; through on-site generation of clean and renewable energy; through the purchase of renewable energy credits and through educating employees on energy efficiency through their Environmental Management system. Special projects under analysis include: additional solar panels on garages, 100% LED lighting throughout building, and a Carbon Offset Ticket.
Recycling and Waste Diversion
- 90 percent solid waste diverted during construction
- 75 percent generated during operation
Farmers Field will divert waste from landfill through a robust recycling, the donation of durable goods, and implementing a front of house composting program that includes sourcing biodegradable concessions packaging.
- 35 percent reduction in water use
Farmers Field will conserve water by installing the best available technology for water fixtures and equipment and educating our employees on water efficiency through our Environmental Management System. Special projects under analysis include: technology to reclaim water from sinks and showers for use in toilets and cooling towers and xeriscaping.
- 100 percent Carbon Neutral for greenhouse gas emissions from private automobile trips to stadium
- Best in NFL by 10% in terms of trip ratio of fans to private automobiles
As part of SB 292, AEG has committed to reducing the net greenhouse emissions of the project to zero as it relates to private automobile trips as well as being the best in NFL by 10% as it related to ratio of fans to private automobiles
- 20 percent of all building materials and products for development will be rapidly renewable, recycled content or manufactured regionally
- 90 percent of on-going consumable paper, janitorial, and lighting products will be environmentally preferable
Farmers Field will utilize AEG's environmentally preferable procurement policy to ensure that the health and environmental impacts of products are taken into consideration and weighed appropriately against cost. Emphasis will be placed on HVAC, Lighting, Janitorial and Paper Products as well as sourcing local and recycled content materials.
- Environmental Messaging to fans and employees
- Farmers Field will feature a LEED for Schools living classroom offered to LAUSD for free field trips
- Host to environmental outreach events and environmental industry conferences
Farmers Field and L.A. LIVE will leverage its unprecedented opportunity to inspire environmental change among its fans, employees, and local youth by showcasing its environmental technology and best practices and demonstrating that environmental responsibility is possible while still having fun. Farmers Field will host public and industry environmental events that promote dialogue and collaboration on innovative environmental solutions. In addition, Farmers Field and L.A. LIVE will feature educational environmental signage and messaging throughout venues and event scoreboards.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
December 2011: Finalize Environmental Design Features for LA Convention Center Expansion.
May 2012: Finalize Environmental Design Features for Farmers Field.
June 2012: Los Angeles Convention Center Development Begins.
September 2013: Farmers Field Development Begins.
November 2013: LA Convention Center Expansion Opens.
September 2016: Farmers Field Opening.
Every week, AEG welcomes thousands of guests to their venues and events around the world and works with countless athletes, entertainers, and other major corporations to create memorable experiences. Those events make a positive impact on people but they also make a negative environmental impact on our planet. AEG has a responsibility to reduce that impact and unprecedented opportunity to inspire environmental stewardship among our guests and staff.
When creating multi-stake holder development projects, sustainability design features are often times removed from the projects with the assumption that costs or technology is too complicated to manage. AEG wants to make the environment and sustainability a priority throughout the design, development, and operation of this world-class facility and demonstrate that creating an environmentally innovative and sustainable development is cost effective as well as socially beneficial.
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