‘Climate Pledge Arena’: New NHL Area Focuses On Environmental Sustainability

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Amazon secured the rights Thursday to the new NHL arena in Seattle, Washington and is promising to make the arena committed to sustainability.

Amazon, along with the Oak View Group and NHL Seattle, announced that the new arena will be the first zero-carbon arena in the world, per (RELATED: Martha Ford Steps Down As Detroit Lions Owner, Daughter Taking Over)

The arena will not be powered by fossil fuels or natural gas and will instead rely on offsite solar farms secured by Amazon, per The arena will reportedly feature ice made completely of rainwater and electric zambonis to clean the ice surface. Single-use plastics will also be banned and trash cans will be replaced by compost and recycling bins. 

“There are so many things I am proud about with this project,” said Jason F. McLennan, a noted Seattle-area architect and founder of the Living Building Challenge, told, “One of the proudest is this arena is really about climate and The Climate Pledge, not being named after a big corporation. It is named after a vision to move to a responsible place for the planet.”  

As part of the agreement with Amazon, OVG and NHL Seattle will contribute to Amazon’s “The Climate Pledge” which hopes to motivate other companies to reach zero-emissions by 2040, according to “Could we by 2040 change the world and dramatically reduce its carbon footprint?” said Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, “We’re so proud to step forward with other leaders to say, yes we can.”

The arena will also locally source food, beer and wines for all events, reported “There will be many opportunities for our fans to make a difference nightly,” said Leiweke, “We will now look to involve our fans and the community to continue to help teach the world.