Avaya Stadium and the San Jose Earthquakes are honored to be receiving another award for our new home in San Jose. The National Recycling Coalition's annual awards saw the 2-year-old stadium take home the Outstanding Business Leadership Award. The ceremony took place in Minneapolis earlier this week and the Quakes' own Manager of Facilities, Raul Bueno was on hand to accept the award.
NRC provided the below description of Avaya Stadium's environmental responsibility as well as their reasoning for choosing the stadium as their winner.
In 2015, the San Jose Eathquakes opened Avaya Stadium, an 18,000 seat, LEED Silver-certified building. The team's dedication to environmental stewardship goes above and beyond their certification; the team installed an edible garden, offers reusable bags and cups instead of disposables, participates in Earth Day programs, and promotes junk pickup, recycling, proper hazardous waste disposal, and litter reduction messages.
From conception through completion and programming, Avaya Stadium has shown outstanding leadership in its commitment to sustainability. Not only is this a LEED certified building, but during construction, all existing concrete was removed and fully recycled, and 90% of the stadium's steel is recycled steel content. The 3,500 feet of wood lining the suites, press box, concession stands, and scoreboard bar is recycled 100-year old wood from the historic Hangar One at Moffett Field, just a few miles away from the stadium. The stadium maintains its xeriscaped grounds with reclaimed water using a smart clock sprinkler system and is powered with solar panels installed throughout the parking structure. No waste generated at the stadium goes directly to landfill. All material is sorted and organics including food waste are anaerobically digested converting waste to energy. As only the 15th soccer stadium in MLS, they are a perfect example of business leadership and commitment to the environment.