Live Greener

COMMITTED TO MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE, WITH A SMALL FOOTPRINT.

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2019 LEED O+M PLATINUM CERTIFICATION

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.

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OUR MISSION

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

PROGRAM HISTORY

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.

5 IMPACT AREAS

Waste

WHAT RIP CITY IS DOING

  • Overview

  • Purchasing

  • Reduce & Reuse

  • Diversion

  • Food Recovery

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!

HOW FANS CAN LIVE GREENER

We all rely on clean water to survive, and reducing our water use saves energy, money and protects natural eco-systems. Join us in our efforts to manage this resource by

Water

WHAT RIP CITY IS DOING

  • Overview

  • Water Balancing

  • Best Practices

OVERVIEW

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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.
Energy

WHAT RIP CITY IS DOING

  • Overview

  • Renewables

  • Offsets

  • Best Practices

OVERVIEW

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.
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HOW FANS CAN LIVE GREENER

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!

Food

WHAT RIP CITY IS DOING

  • Overview

  • Menu Design

  • Purchasing

  • Food Recovery

OVERVIEW

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

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  • 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.

HOW FANS CAN LIVE GREENER

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:

Transportation

WHAT RIP CITY IS DOING

  • Overview

  • EV Stations

  • Public Transportation

  • Biking

  • 3`s For Trees

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%.

Infographic describing transport preferences of Trail Blazers fans

HOW FANS CAN LIVE GREENER

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:

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