Seattle Introduces World’s First Zero Carbon Hockey Arena
For your daily dose of good news, I take you to Seattle, Washington.
On Thursday, it was announced that Amazon will purchase the naming rights of Seattle’s new hockey arena. This arena will be named “Climate Pledge Arena”, and it would be the world’s first zero-carbon-emissions arena in the world.
In an Instagram post, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon stated that he wanted the arena to always be “a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action.”
Bezos also stated that the arena will “generate zero waste from operations and events and use unclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL.” In addition, the arena will fully be powered by solar panels.
This is fantastic news.
Like previously stated, this is the first of its kind, and it will surely set a precedent for stadiums around the country.
According to SportsLogos.net, the name of the arena is in reference to Amazon’s commitment to meet requirements of the Paris Agreement in 2040, which is 10 years ahead of its schedule.
In addition to the already crazy advances from the infrastructure of the arena, it has also been stated that there will be no natural gas anywhere. The arena will also replace all trash cans with recycling bins and compost bins, and single-use plastics will be phased out after about three years.
While it seems that these ideas would only be possible in a brand new stadium, Climate Pledge Arena will actually just be the renovated Key Arena which used to host the Seattle Sonics of the NBA and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.
The newest NHL franchise, which still remains nameless, was approved to move to the Emerald City in 2018 and is set to start their inaugural hockey season in October of 2021.