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Levi's Stadium & Green Sports Day

After President Obama’s call-to-action this summer, The White House recognizes Levi’s Stadium on the first-ever Green Sports Day, announcing new actions to use sports to combat climate change.

Source: The White House, “Tackling Climate through Sports” (Factsheet, October 6, 2016)

Sports and recreation are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme-weather events. Millions of athletes, from children to professionals, play sports that are directly impacted by weather and climate. A number of athletic facilities and infrastructure are in low-lying, flood-prone regions. Extreme weather and climate change can affect the health and performance of athletes and pose risks to spectators and event staff.

Individuals and organizations across the country are stepping up to take action on climate change through sports, from the greening of athletic facilities, to preparing for the impacts of extreme heat on players, to educating and engaging fans. The theme of climate change and sports aligns with the Administration’s leadership on climate change efforts under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, as well as the priority on health and wellness through fitness and sports.

This summer, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a call to action, asking for ideas from citizens and organizations from across the country on how leadership through sports can be used to cut carbon pollution, enhance climate resilience, and increase public understanding and awareness. The White House also hosted a roundtable on climate change and sports that brought together athletes and representatives from teams, leagues, companies, and athletic organizations to discuss how to act on climate change within this community.

On the inaugural Green Sports Day (October 6, 2016), OSTP announced a set of exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.

Among those outside organizations recognized, the San Francisco 49ers were recognized for the advanced sustainability program it implemented in its new home, Levi’s Stadium.  Levi’s Stadium is the first-ever NFL stadium to be LEED Gold certified under the two categories by the U.S. Green Building Council.

In August 2014, Levi’s Stadium became the first professional football stadium to open with LEED Gold certification for new construction. Today, Levi’s Stadium is announcing that the venue has achieved LEED Gold Certification for Operations and Maintenance of an existing building.  Brightworks managed both of the stadium’s LEED certification programs.

The stadium is also lowering greenhouse-gas impacts from concessions through their new 4,000 square foot rooftop farm and educating kids on sustainability through its free school STEAM field trip program, serving 60,000 Bay Area K–8 students each year.

In addition to the San Francisco 49ers, the White House also recognized:

  • 11th Hour Racing
  • 55 South
  • Green Sports Alliance
  • How Low Can You Go? Challenge
  • Korey Stringer Institute
  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Pac-12
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Protect Our Winters
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Sports4Climate
  • Sustainable Business Partnerships and Green Sports Alliance
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) Environmental Center and the Green Sports Alliance (GSA)
  • U.S. Tennis Association (USTA)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Energy

At a Glance

  • Santa Clara, CA
  • LEED Gold