The reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors otherworldly performances on the court are well known around the world. While the Bay Area club’s sustainability record — along with that of its LEED certified home, Oracle Arena — is much less well-known, it is also top shelf. That combination earned the Warriors its first “Best Team On/Greenest Team Off Court” designation from GreenSportsBlog. The club commented on winning the award.
- Powers its practice facility with solar panels
- Reduces energy usage at Oracle Arena through a smart energy management system
- Introduced a rainwater recapture system that uses the harvested H₂O to feed the plants and vegetation surrounding the arena.
- Partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel,
- Implemented a system which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create an eco-friendly cleaning solution
- Reduced the carbon footprint of, and the waste produced by the food service. In partnership with Levy Restaurants, the club uses compostable cutlery and flatware and composts food waste.
For the above and more, Oracle Arena earned LEED certification from the US Green Building Council in September.
And, because the team won its second NBA title in the last three years and is a favorite to do so again next spring, Golden State earned its first “Best Team On/Greenest Team Off Court” award from GreenSportsBlog.
“We share this award with our Oracle Arena partners Levy [Restaurants] and AEG, who are also committed to making the Bay Area a more sustainable community,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “It is important to the entire Warriors organization to continue to do our part in making the Bay Area one of the most eco-friendly places to live.”
Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts (Photo credit: Golden State Warriors)
The Dubs will up their sustainability game when the club moves to the new Chase Center — expected to seek LEED Gold certification — in San Francisco in 2019. So, it will be on the shoulders of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry & Co. to keep up their end of the bargain if Golden State is to dominate the “Best Team On/Greenest Team Off Court” award going forward.