Matthew Knight Arena Receives LEED Gold Status
Matthew Knight Arena, the basketball home of the Oregon Ducks, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This was verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, which was announced by GBCI Wednesday.
“LEED certification for the Matthew Knight Arena aligns perfectly with the University’s commitment to maintain the current carbon footprint of our 295-acre campus while growing and expanding our facilities,” said Chris Ramey, associate vice president, Campus Planning and Real Estate. “The Oregon Model of Sustainable Development mandates that we achieve LEED Gold certification for new buildings and the arena is a wonderful showcase of the future of campus growth.”
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, and is the first building on the Eugene campus to achieve this certification, although the university’s White Stag Block in Portland.
Other buildings seeking LEED certification on campus are the Ford Alumni Center, Lewis Intergrative Science Building, Global Scholars Hall, Straun Hall and the Student Recreation Center Expansion. The Lillis Business Complex has achieved Silver LEED certification.
The arena earned LEED Gold certification due to its lighting and energy efficiency, use of water and materials and other sustainable strategies.
Other factors leading to this designation include convenient access to public transportation, bike-friendly enhancements, 30 percent overall reduction in overall water usage and optimized building energy performance of up to 42 percent above state requirements.
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