Most Sustainable Sports Venue in the World

First Professional Sports Stadium to Achieve LEED Platinum in the U.S.

We set a goal of achieving the highest LEED rating because it was the right thing to do for our city and the environment and with this achievement, we have a powerful new platform to showcase to the industry and to our fans that building sustainably and responsibly is possible for a venue of any type, size and scale.

- Arthur Blank

Goal: Zero Waste

We’re on the road to zero waste! You will notice “recycling” and “composting” bins throughout the stadium. Please place bottles and cans in “recycling” and all other items in “composting”.

88 Points The most LEED points for a sports venue in the world. First professional sports stadium in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum Certification.

Storm Water Capacity to store over 2,000,000 gallons of storm water on site, Helping prevent flooding in neighboring areas.

Renewable Energy The stadium can power 10 Atlanta Falcons games or 13 Atlanta United matches with the renewable energy generated through its 4,000 solar PV panels.

  • Efficient Lighting
    • The stadium features 82,500 square feet of LED lighting, which will last 10 times longer than standard lights and reduce energy usage by as much as 60 percent

  • Water Conservation
    • In aggregate, Mercedes-Benz Stadium uses 47 percent less water than baseline (EPAct 1992) standards due to water-efficient fixtures and conservation infrastructure
    • First sports stadium to receive all water category credits, due in large part to a highly-advanced storm water management system

  • Alternative Transportation
    • Alternative transportation options, including a bike valet program on event days and new pedestrian-friendly walking paths allowing for more connectivity between communities
    • Lead the NFL with the highest percentage of fans using public transportation to attend Falcons games – thanks to convenient access to public transportation (3 MARTA rail lines in .7 miles)


  • Community
    • Innovative local food production features such as: edible landscaping, an urban garden currently in development and partnership with local organizations to train Westside residents in culinary arts and help place them in living wage jobs in the industry. Partnership with community organizations like Trees Atlanta to share captured rainwater for tree irrigation
    • Recycle for Good presented by Novelis is a program whose mission is to recycle 3 million aluminum bottles and cans, which in turn, will fund a Habitat for Humanity home in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhood. Help us reach that goal by donating your cans and bottles to the Recycle for Good program, with recycling stations throughout the stadium and at Gate 1 and Gate 2.


Straws shouldn’t last for centuries. Now they don’t. Our partner phade® has developed an innovative eco-straw that performs like a traditional straw but breaks down and returns to the environment in just a matter of months. While phade® is meant for composting, it will even disappear in a marine environment in the unfortunate event that it ends up there. See for yourself and enjoy during your next visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium!