Houston Rockets Score a LEED-Certified Arena
The Houston Rockets scored green points when their stadium, the Houston Toyota Center, recently earned silver-level LEED certification. The Toyota Center is the fourth NBA facility to be LEED-certified – the other green basketball buildings are the Portland Rose Garden, the American Airlines Arena in Miami, and Atlanta's Philips Arena.
The arena's LEED certification (through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Program) could be a sign that the NBA's commitment to green principles is gaining momentum. Over the past few years, professional basketball has shown the stirrings of environmental awareness: During the annual NBA Green Week, players wear eco-friendly uniforms and participate in community events including tree plantings and recycling drives.