After receiving harsh criticism from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for not having enough pollution mitigation strategies for their Downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium proposal, AEG has agreed to add more green measures.
Some of those measures include devoting at least 17.5% of its eventual carbon footprint reduction budget to funding recycling, tree-planting and solar panel installations.
The new measures were agreed upon after a month long mediation with the NRDC. The NRDC has been a crucial supporter of AEG and the new stadium. Their involvement in the stadium project grows out of its interest in promoting mass transit and energy efficiency in urban communities, and therefore in seeing that the stadium be “green” in its construction and operational phases.
According to the LA Times, the NRDC helped the stadium bid secure an expedited process for resolving potential legal challenges from state legislators last year. But in May, NRDC attorney David Pettit blogged that he was “disappointed to read that the promises made in Sacramento by AEG were not reflected” in the environmental plans.
Damon Nagami, a senior attorney for the NRDC, said the two groups have “come to a consensus” on the project’s sustainability commitments. AEG says it is committed to reducing its environmental impact with its future stadium. Continue reading