Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined National Football League
Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Bears President and
CEO Ted Phillips in unveiling a plaque to commemorate the
fact that Soldier Field is the first NFL stadium to achieve
"Chicago is the green buildings capital of the world,
so it is natural that our football stadium is the first
LEED certified professional football stadium," said
Mayor Emanuel. "In Chicago, the public and private
sector are committed to promoting sustainability and
seeking the positive economic returns and job creation
associated with these efforts. Soldier Field is another
fine example of this mentality."
Soldier Field underwent a complete rehabilitation in 2003,
after which the stadium undertook a number of
environmentally focused initiatives. Included among the
efforts are green cleaning products, electric vehicle
charging stations, a re-use program by which soil and sod
are recycled, energy efficient lighting, and more.
"It is smart business and the right thing to do for
the environment," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"We salute Soldier Field and the Bears for displaying
the type of leadership that makes a positive difference in
The various components of the projects leading to the LEED
certification created about 20 jobs. There will be 100 part
time jobs (during the football season only) created to
manage the recycling program.
Mike Kelly, Chicago Park District General Superintendent,
said "As we enter a new era with a focus on a global
community, it is the responsibility of the Soldier Field
family and its patrons to decrease the impact of the
stadium on its environment through reusing and recycling
materials whenever possible."
The Chicago Park District, the owner of the stadium, and
SMG, the company that manages Soldier Field, worked
together on the LEED process in hopes of lowering operating
costs, reducing waste, conserving energy, and improving
health and safety in the stadium. Soldier Field hosts more
than 200 events annually.
The Bears played a major role in the achievement of the
LEED status and will continue to work toward greening the
"The Chicago Bears are proud of our home on Chicago's
magnificent lakefront," said Ted Phillips, the Chicago
Bears President and CEO. "We salute the efforts of
both SMG and the Chicago Park District in achieving LEED
certification for Soldier Field, the first NFL stadium to
achieve such an honor."