Mayor Chris Beutler today announced two new developments to insure the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be designed, constructed and operated as one of the most environmentally sensitive civic facilities in the country through its sustainable features, high-efficiency systems and use of environmentally responsible materials.
The City of Lincoln has joined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. The partnership represents a fundamental commitment to protect the environment through a high level of energy efficiency and savings measures incorporated into the construction and the daily operations of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, set to open in fall 2013.
"Buildings certified by the Energy Star program use on average about 35 percent less energy than comparable buildings," said Mayor Beutler. "As an ENERGY STAR partner, the City of Lincoln will benefit from the program's assistance in creating in the arena a strategic energy management program using these features. This tool will not only inspire the arena's financial health, but also preserve the environment for future generations."
In partnership with ENERGY STAR, the City of Lincoln will:
"With Pinnacle Bank Arena as a core example of how the City is committed to energy efficiency, we look forward to saving Lincoln taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs per year with ENERGY STAR's help," said Mayor Beutler.
Mayor Beutler also announced today that the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) has recommended a grant of $150,250 to the City of Lincoln towards the establishment of a state-of-the art arena recycling program in Pinnacle Bank Arena. The goal is to divert up to 75 percent of arena waste from the City landfill. The funding will be used for basic equipment, including combined waste collection stations/receptacles and compactors, and recycling education.
The arena is already designed and being built with dedicated space for collection and storage of recyclables. On average, every visitor to the arena is expected to create 2.4 pounds of waste.
The City of Lincoln is also already working with students in the UNL Environmental Studies program on recommendations for an arena recycling program, including examples from other Big Ten schools, vendor contracts for recyclable and compostable materials, and best practices. These recommendations will be provided in May 2013 to the arena's Joint Public Agency and to SMG, the arena management firm.