Located in downtown Seattle, the Climate Pledge Arena boasts an impressive goal: to be the world’s most progressive, responsible and sustainable arena
As their website states, it’s an ambitious goal, but that’s the whole point.
Designed by Populous, the multipurpose live entertainment venue hosts events for NHL hockey, live music, WNBA and NBA basketball. The name comes from the actual Climate Pledge which numerous companies and organizations have signed. The arena is located north of downtown Seattle on the site of the 1962 World’s Fair and the 74-acre entertainment complex known as Seattle Center.
Climate Pledge Arena’s list of sustainability initiatives and goals is impressive. Through its Rain to Rink system, rainwater harvesting fills a 15,000-gallon cistern to resurface the ice; 12,500 trees were planted on-site including on the Climate Pledge Wall; while 28,175 square feet of digital signage is used covering 145 million pixels. Fun fact: That is the most in the world for a sports and entertainment venue.Climate Pledge ArenaAlong with its current efforts, Climate Pledge Arena also has several other sustainability goals it hopes to reach in the coming years. Firstly, it wants to create the first International Living Future Institute-certified zero carbon arena in the world.
That means no fossil fuel consumption in the arena for daily use—all mechanical systems, gas combustion engines, heating, dehumidification and cooking will be converted to electric.
Last but not least, it also became the first arena and NHL Team to announce its intention to eliminate single-use plastics, committing to being 100-percent free of by 2024.