The Air Canada Centre hosts over 250 large-scale events each year in its 694,000 square foot facility. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has committed to a number of sustainability initiatives, focused on decreasing the ACC’s carbon footprint, increasing waste diversion rates, and becoming a leader in their industry.
Director of Operations Bryan Leslie and his established Team Up Green took on the task of greening the entire bowl and the tower, making them more environmentally efficient and friendly. Goals include: decreasing annual carbon footprint by 30%, reducing utility consumption by 30%, and reducing waste to landfill by 95% by 2012.
- Total emissions for the 2009-10 fiscal year were 3,057.097 tonnes CO2e, down over 29% from the previous year;
- Natural gas-related emissions were significantly reduced over the previous fiscal year, even during peak periods, and electricity emissions were significantly reduced;
- Between 2008 and 2009, waste diversion increased in almost all categories with emissions diverted increasing by over 213%; and
- It is anticipated that with the completion of the lighting retrofit and other reduction projects MLSE has already met and surpassed their target of reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2012.