SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS TODAY, FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
The revitalization has reinvented BC Place as the province’s premier event destination. It has also given us the opportunity to become a model for sustainable stadium operations. For example, BC Place was recently nominated for BC Hydro’s Powersmart Awards for New Construction, for achieving up to 38% in electrical savings.
We’re committed to improving our operations for now, and well into the future. Here are a few examples of how we’re contributing to a more sustainable BC Place:
- BC Place’s back-of-house refuse is separated into four categories – papers, plastics, metals and waste products - and recycled or disposed of accordingl
- Special waste leftover from events, such as hazardous chemicals, carpets or ballast, are handled appropriately on an individual basis.
- We’re committed to sourcing biodegradable cleaning products.
- BC Place is proud to support the SOLEfoods urban farm – a socially sustainable initiative located just 200 metres from the stadium. Centerplate at BC Place Chef Ryan Stone sources fresh produce from the 2-arce urban SOLEfood farm for use in the stadium fare served at events. The wholesome produce is not only fresh; it provides agricultural training and employment for local residents.
- BC Place’s revitalization set a precedent for energy savings. The new cable-supported retractable roof eliminates up to 1.7GW in energy usage, (about $350,000 in energy costs) per year, compared to the old air-supported dome roof.
- New lighting design and fixtures are 40% more efficient than the previous lighting system. Integrated lighting system uses energy-efficient LED lights.
- Dark exterior glass was replaced with energy-efficient glass which reduces the reliance on electricity to light the concourses.
- Increased number of events the new stadium can attract, projecting an even bigger economic impact for BC.
- Upgrading the existing BC Place has substantially reduced the impact on the environment by saving natural resources, including the raw materials, energy, and water resources required to build a new facility from scratch.
- Revitalization also prevented pollution that might have resulted from the extraction, manufacturing, and transportation of virgin materials and avoided creating waste that could end up in landfills.
- Initiatives included in the revitalization include the installation of energy-efficient lighting and fixtures (40% more energy-efficient), use of high fly-ash concrete and concrete waste management guidelines, resulting in a more efficient use of natural resources, improved climate control, lower operational costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
- Construction activity alone associated with creating a completely new facility could have generated up to 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
- Transport emissions associated with building a new stadium at an alternate, suburban site would result in a dramatic increase in the region’s total annual emissions from vehicle travel.
- Almost all of the old air-supported dome roof was taken away for recycling into items such as tarps, handbags and purses, movie screens, water run-off lining, tents and more!
- One small section of the roof fabric was provided as a gift to Celista, BC near Kamloops, to line their community ice rink.
- All of the steel from the previous roof was sent to a locally-based steel recycler.
- All of the familiar blue plastic seats and their metal fixtures have been removed from the stadium bowl and recycled.