GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The U.S. Green Building Council announced Monday that Miller Park became the first stadium with a retractable roof and the third Major League Baseball stadium to achieve the highest certification for environmental sustainability. The stadium has been LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified in the category of "existing building operations and maintenance." The honor recognizes the Brewers and their partners in running the 11-year-old stadium, led by facility manager Johnson Controls, Inc., which managed the LEED process at Miller Park. AT&T Park in San Francisco and Target Field in Minneapolis are the only other Major League venues to earn the same certification.
"It is a challenge to achieve the designation in an existing building of this size and type, but we have all been focused on the end goal," Brewers vice president of finance and administration Bob Quinn said in a statement. "Earning this designation means that we have significantly improved our sustainability and energy efficiency, and the benefits extend to the organization, our fans, partners, and the environment." LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be healthier and safer for occupants. The Brewers said they had reduced by 35 percent the amount of waste sent to landfills since the start of 2010. About 10 tons of waste is now recycled after each game. The Brewers are also saving thanks to the new scoreboard installed for last season, which uses 49 percent less energy than its predecessor. "While we are honored to have achieved this designation, our commitment will continue in 2012 and beyond," Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger said in the club's statement.