Sustainability in TCF Center takes the LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the TCF Center LEED Gold Certification on October 9, 2019, after an extensive application process, making the venue the largest LEED building in the state of Michigan. To highlight the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance, the LEED certification plaque was presented to Molinari in a ceremony at TCF Center by Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.
“LEED is a transformative tool that is helping communities build spaces that are not only better for the environment, but for people too,” said Ramanujam. “By prioritizing sustainability, TCF Center is leading the way in its industry. It is moving beyond construction and efficiency and finding ways to help us improve our quality of life by creating spaces that prioritize health and well-being.”
TCF Center was recognized by LEED for several best practices resulting in the certification. High efficiency of having 1200 parking spaces on the roof top was noted, along with the reflective surfaces of the roof and the venue’s Living Green Roof. Efficiency of water use was highly rated as was the venue’s sustainability marketing efforts with specific credit to the “Sustainability Lives Here” campaign designed by Detroit-based Lovio George Communications.
“We continue to make strides in improving the sustainability of our offerings,” said TCF Center Molinari said. “Receiving our LEED Gold Certification signals that our venue is truly world-class with all of the benefits a sustainable environment offers.”
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system and a symbol of international excellence. Green buildings allow venues like TCF Center to operate more sustainably and provide a healthier, more comfortable space for people to enjoy. More than 98,500 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 21 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 175 countries and territories. There are 213 LEED certified buildings in the Metro Detroit area.