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Environmental sustainability

Sustainability is a big deal at Levis® Stadium. Solar energy, water recycling, and connecting to mass transportation are all incorporated into the stadium’s design to support the environment. This content is provided by the 49ers Museum Education Program..

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(upbeat rock music) - Hi there. I'm Roger Elu, Chief Engineer here at Levi Stadium. Have you ever heard the term, environmental sustainability? It is a term you may have heard when people are talking about building things, like offices, schools, or even stadiums. Have you ever wondered what environmental sustainability actually means? Let's break it down. The word, environmental, is an adjective that means relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition. And sustainability is a noun that means the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed. Engineers use these terms to designate the types of structures they build and the effect they have on their environment which it's built. Basically, environmental sustainability relates to the structures that are designed and constructed to make sure we have a positive environmental impact and to be sure that we can maintain those results over time. Here at Levi Stadium we think of environmental sustainability as something that is very important to how we built and operate our stadium. We try to do every part of our business in a way that benefits both our customer and the environment, but what does that mean? Well for starters, we work with the construction team that built our stadium to make sure that it was a LEED Gold certified building. The first NFL stadium in the country to do so. This was to make sure the home of the 49ers has as little negative impact on the world around us as possible. Do you what LEED actually means? It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it's an idea that many companies use when constructing buildings. To design them in a way where they not only work with the environment in a positive way, but even benefit it and help ensure positive longterm effects on its construction. So how did Levi Stadium get LEED Gold certified? There are lots of ways. Some of the coolest are the ways that we capture and use solar energy here at the stadium every single day, recycle water throughout the building to ease our impact on drought-like conditions, and how we help our fans get here using mass transportation to ease traffic and the effects that the cars have on the ozone and air quality. Clearly, environmental sustainability is a big deal for us. If it's a big deal to you too, make sure you complete this learning module to read more about the ways we make sure we take care of our planet where we're playing football, hosting concerts, or welcoming all the students who come see us each day. (upbeat rock music)