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By Associated Press
May 7, 2018
WALTHAM, Mass., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new, state-of-the-art multipurpose Bentley Arena is the most environmentally sustainable in the U.S. and the first standalone ice arena to earn the LEED platinum certification, the highest possible rating, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
The award for the recently opened, 76,000-square-foot arena highlights the building's sustainable design and energy efficiency and Bentley University's continued rise as an innovative, nationally-recognized business university.
"This first-in-the-nation rating for the Bentley Arena demonstrates Bentley's strong and longstanding commitment to sustainability," said Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson. "From our university-wide commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, to our Sustainability Science major for students, to our campus waste reduction program that recycles more than 270 tons of material per year, Bentley acts every day on our mission of preparing environmentally conscious, socially responsible leaders."
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"Thanks to the combination of the rooftop solar technology and energy-efficient mechanical design, the overall grid energy required to power the arena will be less than half of what it would take to power a building of a similar size," said Amanda King, director of sustainability at Bentley. "These technologies also cut the building's carbon footprint in half."
The Bentley Arena hosts the university's NCAA Division I hockey team and prominent university events such as career fairs, high-profile speakers, alumni events and concerts.
The standout sustainable features of the arena include:
"Bentley University has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in sustainable design by achieving LEED platinum certification for the arena project," said Amanda Garvey Lehman, associate at Thornton Tomasetti, Bentley's LEED consultants for the arena. "Energy conservation measures and sustainable design initiatives were prioritized throughout design and construction, resulting in a building that is leading the way in areas of human and environmental health."
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