Da Bears now play in da LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certified Soldier Field. In 2003, the renovation of Soldier Field completed and over the past nine years many eco-friendly measures were implemented at the facility. It is these green building features that have helped Soldier Field become the first LEED-EB certified NFL stadium in the nation.
Soldier Field has a comprehensive recycling program, rivaling that of a small city. The facility recycles all aluminum, cardboard, plastic bottles, office paper, light bulbs, batteries and all of the usual recyclable products.
The recycling program in place at Soldier Field goes one step beyond most municipal programs, though. All lost cell phones and eyeglasses recovered at the stadium are also recycled.
The stadium even recycles its dirt. When Soldier Field is re-sodded, all of the material removed from the playing field is reused in landscape projects onsite or placed in the fields where the playing field sod is harvested.
Soldier Field is managed by SMG, a management company that has previous experience with LEED certified facilities. Soldier Field is the eighth LEED certified property under SMG management and the company has four more properties undergoing the LEED certification process.
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