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Moda Center is the first existing arena to receive LEED O+M (v4.1) Platinum Certification, a major milestone in the greening of sports. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building and community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

The Platinum certification, awarded to Moda Center by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), identifies and rewards best practices for a building’s energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.



Rip City is committed to protecting our environment and we are always looking for innovative and sustainable ways to reduce our environmental impact. We believe we can help foster a more sustainable community and hope our fans will join us on our journey.

To realize our mission, Rip City is committed to the principles of Live Greener, meaning we will:

  • Lower and offset our environmental impact
  • Inspire sustainable behavior change in our fans
  • Vow to form aligned partnerships
  • Engage in community philanthropy

"Sustainability is and always will be a crucial part of our culture."
– Chris McGowan


Rip City is proud to play our role in helping Portland achieve the goal of becoming the greenest city in the nation.

  • Moda Center was the first LEED Gold certified sports venue in 2010 (re-certified in 2015).
  • Rip City co-founded the Green Sports Alliance in 2011.
  • Featured in the NRDC Game Changer Report in 2012.
  • Began having Green Games in 2015.
  • Planted our first tree for our Three for Tree’s program in 2015. See our progress here.
  • Featured in the UEFA Playing for Our Planet Report in 2017.
  • Trail Blazers Foundation continues to provide general operating support and program funding through our Live Greener Grants presented by Avangrid Foundation to organizations connecting youth with the environment for education, preservation, and employment.

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What Rip City Is Doing

Our waste reduction efforts come from deep partnerships with various stakeholders in our community and practices dedicated to responsibly managing our supply chain and waste stream.

  • In 2008, we diverted 38% of our waste from landfills.
  • In 2010, we helped patent and design the first GreenDrop Recycling Stations found all over the Rose Quarter.
  • In 2017, we had our first Zero-Waste game.
  • In 2018, we partnered with Fred Meyer to host the first Green Days of Summer at multiple Fred Meyer locations throughout Oregon.
  • The 2017-2018 saw us divert 87% of material from landfill.
  • Our goal is to be the first TRUE Zero-Waste certified arena!


Our sourcing practices require all of our vendors to comply with strict materials and recycling standards to align with our policies, which has resulted in contractors changing their practices to use stricter environmental measures in all of their work. Our Green Clean partner, ServiceMaster, a minority-owned business, cleans the building with environmentally friendly practices and products, eliminating over 400,000 gallons of waste water every year. We also have an environmental purchasing policy for ongoing consumables and durable goods in order to reduce the impacts the materials will have on the environment. For example, in partnership with Walter E Nelson, all of our cleaning supplies meet LEED standards for environmentally sensitive cleaning products, and we use 100% recycled toilet paper and paper towels.


  • It is our policy to partner with many local organizations to reduce and reuse as many materials as possible, particularly hard-to-recycle items.
  • For example, we partner with Looptworks to upcycle our old jerseys into neck ties, pillows, fanny packs, backpacks, etc. that you can find at the Rip City Clothing store at Moda Center.
  • We also donate all reusable restaurant equipment to Roses Equipment and Supply.


  • We divert about 1.5 million lbs of material from landfill annually.
  • Our Environmental Services crew post-sorts after every event, meaning they go through the items of every bag of waste and properly sort materials into the appropriate streams prior to our waste hauler picking them up. Thanks to these diversion heroes, our streams are clean and valuable for proper recycling and composting!
  • Closing the loop...almost: we purchase StalkMarket compostable food serviceware products that are composted along with our food waste and turned into soil that DeSantis Landscapes uses throughout the Rose Quarter.


We have teamed up with Urban Gleaners and Levy Restaurants to make sure all excess food from the Moda Center goes to local children and families to help alleviate hunger. We recovered 5,200 pounds of reusable food from the Rose Quarter this past season, adding to the total of 29,771 meals donated to children and families in need since 2014.


“Waste reduction slows the depletion of natural resources, helps reduce pollution associated with the extraction of raw materials and the manufacture of products, and conserves valuable landfill space.” – Environmental Protection Agency. Please help us reach our goal of being a zero waste facility by 2025.


What Rip City Is Doing


We have been able to reduce our water use thanks to our partnerships and sustainable practices.

  • Since 2008, we cut our water/event-day-person by 38%.
  • This equates to over 3 million gallons of water saved annually.
  • Our 2025 goal is to reduce our water/event-day-person by an additional 10% and continue to balance all of Moda Center’s water use.



The Trail Blazers believe that together we can make a smaller splash. That’s why we are teaming up with Green Sports Alliance, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Change the Course to make a difference right here in Oregon. Every time someone texts Blazers to 474747, we will restore 1,000 gallons of fresh water to rivers in Oregon – for free! This commitment allows us to balance our entire water footprint at the Moda Center for the 2017-18 season.

In the Willamette we are working with nine NGO partners to: Plant 800,000 trees and shrubs along dozens of tributaries to and the main stem portion of the river. These trees will include a diverse number of tree species and environmental benefits include water quality improvement and habitat restoration.

In the Deschutes we are offsetting through the Deschutes River Conservancy, which has already restored 488 million gallons of water over 30 miles of river. Learn more.


Thanks to low-flow toilets and fixtures, smart irrigation & controls, and drought-resistant landscaping, we have been able to save over 3.5 million gallons of water annually!

3507000 Gallons of Water Saved in 2014

3,507,000 gallons of water is equivalent to filling ten 10 feet-deep swimming pools the size of the Blazers court!


What RIP CITY IS Doing


We have been able to reduce and offset our energy use thanks to our partnerships and sustainable practices.

  • Since 2008, we cut our carbon footprint/event-day-person by 25% while significantly increasing Moda Center events and operations.
  • Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint/event-day-person by an additional 15% by 2025 while continuing to offset 100% of our electricity and natural gas usage.
  • We have completed 53 energy related projects with Energy Trust of Oregon, saving us 4.3M kWh of electricity. This is the equivalent to reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from driving a passenger vehicle 7.2 million miles.
Energy Trust of Oregon


Our engineers are some of the best in the world when it comes to energy efficiency in arenas, and we actively look for innovative ways to lower our energy usage.

Examples of energy projects we’ve implemented over the years include:

  • Human-centered lighting
  • Magnetic bearing chiller with turbocor compressors
  • LED’s inside and outside the arena
  • Cooling tower upgrades
  • Venue Management System
  • Bi-level lighting with occupancy sensors
  • HVAC upgrades
  • And many more!

Overall, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint/event-day-person by 25% while expanding Moda Center operations and are looking to reduce 15% more by 2025.


  • Moda Center has been a part of the Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy program from 2008-2017. Through this program, Moda Center purchased REC’s matching 100% of its annual electricity usage, ensuring renewable energy generation on the grid throughout the Northwest.
  • In 2018, we increased our commitment by being the first customer to enroll in Pacific Power’s new Blue Sky Select program. As before, we are matching 100% of Moda Center’s electricity usage but this time, we have selected that wind energy be generated from Chopin Wind Farm in Umatilla County, OR. This way, we are now are ensuring that the environmental and economic benefits are felt in the communities where our fans live, learn, and play.
  • Through our Blue Sky participation, we ensure that enough renewable energy is added to the grid to power an electric vehicle for over 33 million miles annually.
Pacific Power


In addition to electricity offsets, we also offset 100% of our natural gas usage through BEF and Wildlife Works REDD+ program. Through these programs, we purchase carbon offsets that prevent deforestation in critically endangered forests in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which in turn reduces the emissions equivalent to over 2.4 million vehicle-miles traveled – and furthermore protects the livelihoods and ecosystems of the people, flora, and fauna in the region.


Help us reach our goals: Energy efficiency saves money, natural resources, and reduces pollution. Join us in our efforts to reduce energy use when you’re visiting us at Moda Center and at home!


What Rip City Is Doing

Menu Design


Sustainable, flexible menu design with a focus on local food and in-season menu options, including vegetarian and vegan items. This includes Plum Tasty, informed by experts at Moda on healthy and tasty items.

Our local vendors include:

  • Plum Tasty
  • Po Shines
  • Sevens BBQ
  • Ruby Jewel
  • Salt and Straw
  • Sizzle Pie
  • Killer Burger
  • Bunk Sandwiches
  • Cha Cha Cha


  • Our local beer partner, Widmer Brothers Brewing, has a satellite brewery steps from Moda Center – the beer is walked by handcart to the arena for games and is Salmon-Safe certified!
  • Sustainable and local Purchasing from partners such as Beaverton Foods, Don Pancho, Draper Vally Farms, Carlton Farms, and Duck Produce (for organic vegetables and fruit from local farms).
  • Marine Stewardship Council-certified seafood and cage-free eggs.
  • All beef pork, and sausage products are from Niman Ranch, which are processed without hormones or antibiotics and come from Stanwood, Washington.


Our partnership with Levy Restaurants and local food vendors allows us to prioritize local, organic, hormone free food at Moda Center.

  • We conscientiously source, prepare, serve, and dispose of our food, with 55% of all combined food and beverage sourced within 100 mile radius.
  • We recover 5,000-8,000+ lbs of food annually through our partnership with Urban Gleaners, which is then donated to hungry kids and families in need throughout Portland.
  • We want to ensure you have an authentic Portland food experience within Moda Center, which is why our concession stands are not only restaurants and breweries you’ll find throughout Portland, but they also look like their corresponding Brick and Mortar locations while being cooked by their employed chefs.


We have teamed up with Urban Gleaners and Levy Restaurants to make sure all excess food from the Moda Center goes to local children and families to help alleviate hunger. We recovered 5,200 pounds of reusable food from the Rose Quarter this past season, adding to the total of 29,771 meals donated to children and families in need since 2014.


We know that prioritizing greener game day food can result in reduced waste and water use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, more nutritious options for fans, more optimal agricultural land use, local economic support, and more. Help us reach our goals at Moda Center and at home:


What Rip City Is Doing

We're charging our staff and fans with taking responsible transportation to work and games! Our 2025 goal is to reduce our transportation impact by 50%.



Thanks to Christenson Electric we have 26 Electric parking spots, which is the largest concentration of EV stations in the state.



As a public transit hub we work with Trimet and the Bike Transportation Alliance to manage public transportation effectively on event days so it is a positive experience for fans. We also incentivize our employees to use public transportation to get to work.



We installed bike parking and dedicate certain game nights to encourage people to bike to games. In addition we provide bikes for our employees to use on and off-site as an alternative means of transportation.



We plant 3 trees for every three pointer made through our 3’s for Trees program with Friends of Trees thanks to Daimler


Impacts on the northwest from greenhouse gas emissions include threatened forests, rivers, oceans, agriculture, salmon and other wildlife habitat. Join us in helping reduce our emissions by:


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