When Medlar Field at Lubrano Park opened its gates on June 20, 2006 it became the first LEED-certified stadium in the world. Below you will find information detailing what exactly it means to be a LEED-certified stadium, examples of specific things that make Medlar Field at Lubrano Park LEED-certified and other things the Spikes and Penn State University do with the environment in mind.
WHAT IS LEED?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED certification, which is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. A LEED Certification verifies the building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING LEED CERTIFIED?
There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Conserve energy and water
- Healthier and safer for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
- Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT MAKE MEDLAR FIELD AT LUBRANO PARK LEED CERTIFIED?
- Water conserving sinks automatically shut off after a certain time period.
- Sinks and showers throughout the ballpark use low-flow water, which helps reduce potable water by more than 30%.
- Waterless urinals in the men's restrooms not only conserve water, but also eliminate the need for copper pipe.
- Stadium is connected to a gray water system. Any water that is used in a home, except water from toilets, is considered gray water. A gray water system allows the stadium to reuse water that is less refined for things such as irrigation and other uses.
- Automatic lights throughout the ballpark turn off after 5 minutes of no movement.
- Close access to public transportation, there are two bus stops within one-quarter mile of the stadium.
- Bike racks are provided at the stadium.
- Shared parking with the existing Bryce Jordan Center means less construction of parking lots.
- Carpets, glues, adhesives and paints used in the ballpark have low amounts of volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from certain products and can have short- and long-term health effects.
- 75% of the construction materials were recycled.
- 27% of materials used in construction were made of recycled content.
- The roof was built to decrease the "heat island" effect.
- Islands of trees and grass in the parking lots also reduce the "heat island" effect.
- Rock dug out of the outfield was reused as filling material to level the playing field.
- The exterior lighting was designed to eliminate light pollution and light trespass off-site.
- The parking lots are made with permeable pavement, which is a pavement system that allows water to seep through the surface, permitting natural filtration.
- Native soil from the area was used for the field, eliminating the need to ship in different soil.
WHAT OTHER THINGS ARE DONE AT MEDLAR FIELD AT LUBRANO PARK THAT ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
- Recycling bins throughout the ballpark, including the offices, clubhouse, press box and suites. There are recycling receptacles for programs, newspapers, office paper, cans, bottles and glass.
- Biodegradable hydraulic fluid is used in field equipment.
- Primarily organic fertilizer is used on the field.
- All cooking oil used in the ballpark is recycled.