World Cup Goes Green

Wed, 2012-06-20 16:04

Preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are already underway, and the LEED certification process will play a major role in the sustainable, urban economic development plans for the month-long event. Development will include the construction and renovation of 12 stadiums, transportation, infrastructure, and lodging, as well as waste and water management to support millions of fans. All 12 of the host venues set a goal of meeting minimum LEED sustainability standards. In early 2012, 10 of the 12 venues had already applied to the USGBC for LEED status.

As a highly regarded international rating system for green building, LEED will be used as a model for sustainable design and construction. Some of the standards to be reviewed as part of the LEED certification process are: access to public transportation, protection and restoration of natural habitat, maximization of open space, stormwater control, water use reduction and efficiency, energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy, waste management, recycling, and indoor and outdoor air quality.

Photo of Mane Garrincha Stadium under constructionOrganizers hope the refurbished Mané Garrincha stadium, located in the Brazilian capital Brasília, will become the first football (soccer) stadium in the world to achieve LEED Platinum status. Plans to help the stadium achieve LEED platinum status include a roof with an array of solar PV panels. The panels are expected to surpass the stadium’s power needs and feed electricity back into the grid much of the time. At least seven of the 12 venues are expected to implement solar as a means of reaching environmental, social, and economic goals.

The eyes of a global audience will be on Brazil as designers, architects, engineers, and construction specialists work together to build a greener World Cup and a sustainable future. It is an opportunity to drive change and create a legacy that will endure long after the athletic competition of 2014 has ended.

World Cup preparations have raised the profile of LEED certification as an internationally recognized rating system and a means to achieving sustainable development. If you are interested in enhancing your career or establishing a new career path with LEED certification, visit Everblue’s LEED Certification & Training for more information.

By Amy Malloy

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