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Which University is Winning at Sustainability on the Basketball Court?

By Sharon Chen
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College basketball season is in full swing – which university is winning when it comes to sustainability on the basketball courts?

According to a nation-wide lawn care company, the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center is the greenest college basketball arena in the US. The 7,000 seat arena opened in February 2012, and is a LEED-certified Gold building. The arena is also one of the first buildings to be SITES-certified.

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College Park Center cited as “greenest” U.S. college basketball arena

Kristin Sullivan | University of Texas Arlington News Center | January 19, 2016

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center, the 7,000-seat arena that anchors the 20-acre, mixed-use College Park District, has been cited as the “greenest” college basketball arena in America by an online lawn care booking service.  

College Park Center topped Lawnstarter’s list of 11 U.S. arenas, including Towson University’s SECU Arena in Maryland; Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon; and the University of Michigan’s Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.  

The Center opened in February 2012 and was designed by renowned global architecture firm HKS Inc., whose former chairman, Ralph Hawkins, is a UTA Distinguished Alumnus. The U.S. Green Building Council rated College Park Center a LEED Gold structure for the way the venue incorporates recycled construction materials, natural light and many energy-saving features. 

"As a UTA alumnus, I remain proud of the remarkable achievements in sustainability that HKS incorporated into the College Park Center design,” Hawkins said. “The special events venue has been nationally recognized for the way the building interacts with its environment, and it should be on the top of everyone’s list of arenas to visit.”

In addition, the adjacent Green at College Park was one of the nation’s first three green spaces to be certified through Green Business Certification Inc.’s Sustainable SITES Initiative when it was recognized by the organization in 2012. The program offers a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value.

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