First LEED Platinum Professional Sports Stadium

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

U.S. Bank Stadium aims to reduce its carbon footprint in all areas of operations including but not limited to water reduction, waste reduction/diversion, energy efficiency, sustainable purchasing, and the promotion of alternative transportation. U.S. Bank Stadium aims to become a zero-waste facility, where 90% of all waste is either compostable, recyclable, reused, or donated. As a LEED certified stadium, much of the innovation is based on smart technology and providing efficient and sustainable solutions that make the event experience overwhelmingly excellent.

In 2018, more than 70% of all stadium waste was diverted from landfill, and the stadium’s sustainability program was recognized as one of the Green Sports Alliance’s Innovators of the Year.

Through renewable energy credits, 100% of the stadium’s power comes from wind energy. Utilizing smart building management systems and strict energy use policies, energy consumption has dropped by more than 10% from the first year open. LED lights are used for all lighting systems, including the field lights, and energy-intensive equipment is shutdown whenever not in use.

Waste is diverted from the landfill, and either recycled, composted, donated, or reused. Remaining waste is taken to a trash-to-energy facility where it is converted to steam that is used to heat buildings in the downtown Minneapolis area.

The stadium ensures responsible water use by using industry-best low flow fixtures, and a storm water collection system keeps site runoff from flooding the surrounding area while also helping to charge the local ground water.

U.S. Bank Stadium Sustainable Facts:

  • Nearly all food packaging that comes from concessions, premium areas, and suites are made to be composted. The stadium offers compost collection to collect these products. We have collected 177 tons of compost since June 2018, roughly the weight of 2 Space Shuttles.

  • By increasing the stadium's organics rates, CO2 emissions have been reduced by nearly 511,000 pounds, and methane emissions have been reduced by roughly 11,000 kgs.

  • Administrative offices use 100% post-consumer copy paper, reusable service ware, and utilizes filtered water coolers to eliminate plastic bottle use.

  • The first stadium to receive a Bike Friendly Business certification; has over 180 bike racks.

For Super Bowl LII, the stadium recycled, composted, reused, or donated 91% of all game day waste, more than 69 tons.