As the home of four professional sports franchises and the host of high-profile events of national and international distinction, STAPLES Center fully recognizes and accepts its responsibility to help improve local economic, social and environmental conditions.
Since opening in 1999, STAPLES Center has been establishing best practices to operate in the most environmentally conscious way. In 2010, we received ISO 14001 certification for our Environmental Management System (EMS) which guides employees in reducing the environmental impact of STAPLES Center's day to day operations.
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Fans and Guests are invited to read about some of our Environmental Highlights below:
Renewable Energy through Solar Panels
STAPLES Center currently has 1,727 solar panels installed on its rooftop. This 364 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar system installed by Solar Panel Inc. in 2008 is connected to an additional 166 kW system on top of the roof of Microsoft Theater. The combined systems will provide significant environmental benefits over the next 25 years. These include the elimination of over 10,000 tons of CO2, more than 27 tons of sulfur dioxide and over 33 tons of nitrous oxide, one of the principal greenhouse gasses. The net clean energy benefits of the system equates to the environmental benefits of planting 170 acres of mature trees.
LED Sports Lighting System
In the summer of 2014, STAPLES Center installed a new LED sports lighting system supplied by Solotech manufactured by Lidlum. AEG spent six-figures to install a new LED sport lighting system that will dramatically reduce energy costs compared with the standard metal halide lighting. STAPLES Center is the first NBA arena to feature LED lighting and is the first NHL arena in the United States to feature LED lighting (Montreal’s Bell Centre is the first North American arena to convert to LED sports lighting). The Los Angeles Lakers will continue to use their own current lighting system modeled after the NBA All-Star Game lighting grid. STAPLES Center is looking towards an energy cost savings of approximately $280,000 annually.
When it comes to controlling and managing our electrical consumption, STAPLES Center has the following technologies and policies in place:
- A 500 kW bank of Bloom Energy fuel cells, which generate electricity on site and help reduce our carbon footprint
- Low voltage lighting relays that control the sequence and operation of all task, general and event lighting. Lighting groups for specific times and use.
- Use of fluorescent lighting and LED, instead of incandescent lighting.
- Use of electronic ballast instead of magnetic ballast.
- Variable Speed Drives (VSD) on all air handlers and one chiller.
- Time schedules and photo cell control of exterior lighting.
- Use of only super efficient 3-phase motors.
Waste Management and Recycling
STAPLES Center's operations team works with various partners to separate and divert recyclables from our waste stream. In full compliance with California AB 2176 we work every year to document and achieve a minimum of a 50 percent diversion rate. At this point we collect cardboard, wood pallets, electronic waste and with the help of both our concessions partner Levy Restaurants we collect glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers.
Throughout the year, STAPLES Center will be working to expand these programs and divert more waste from landfills to recycling. Working with their partner Waste Management as well as the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation to get their suggestions and/or recommendations on how to increase recycling and to ensure the arena is up to date on the best and most effective waste reduction and recycling programs.
STAPLES Center purchases all cleaning products and 100% are green sealed certified. STAPLES Center is committed to continually exploring different options and new products that certified 'green' cleaning chemicals as they hit market.
STAPLES Center works to encourage public transportation through partnerships with teams like the Los Angeles Kings who offer ticket discounts to metro riders as well as offering secure bike racks for guest use.
STAPLES Center fans attending events are encouraged to take the Metro and other forms of public transportation to the venue, several of the teams offer ticket packages in conjunction with Metro. The venue has also installed a sufficient supply of bike racks on the venue property.
In 2007, STAPLES Center removed 178 one-gallon per flush urinals and installed 178 zero-gallons per use urinals created by Falcon Waterfree Technologies. The Falcon Waterfree urinals save money and time while conserving natural resources.
STAPLES Center is proud to participate in AEG 1EARTH, AEG's corporate environmental sustainability program. Through AEG 1EARTH, we:
- Exchange environmental best practices with other venues
- Track our environmental performance on a monthly basis, measuring energy consumption, water usage, and waste diversion
- Contribute to AEG’s progress towards its 2020 Environmental Goals
To learn more about AEG's sustainability efforts and progress towards its 2020 Environmental Goals, please visit the AEG 1EARTH website and read AEG’s Sustainability Report.
What You Can Do
We're doing our best to reduce our environmental impact and hope you will join us in our efforts. Here are a few tips to make your visit more environmentally friendly:
- Consider walking, biking, taking public transit, or carpooling to avoid traffic, save on gas and parking, and reduce your carbon footprint. Get directions here
- Help us increase our recycling rate by placing all waste and recyclables into designated receptacles – if you aren’t sure where to put something, please ask!
- Use only as many disposable items (e.g., paper towels, napkins, utensils) as you need
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