Sustainability

KEY UPDATES

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We are proud to announce UBS Arena has achieved carbon neutrality for all scope 1 and 2 emissions from operations. Through the purchase of carbon and renewable energy credits, the arena has reached this milestone 2 years ahead of schedule. Read more about our carbon and renewable energy offsets below.
  • UBS Arena- Elmont Long Island Rail Road Station now provides two-way service (Westbound & Eastbound) for event attendees. The arena’s climate smart transportation strategy has taken over 15,000 cars off the road, with more to come

UPCOMING INITIATIVES

  • The arena is on track to be LEED v4 Certified by the end of 2022.
  • UBS Arena is a Founding Circle Member of GOAL (Green Operations and Advanced Leadership). The GOAL program provides venues with clear guidelines to minimize negative environmental impact while amplifying social impact.
  • The arena campus shuttles on site from the parking lots will be powered by electricity.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations will be available in Belmont Park Garage by the end of 2022.

LONG TERM AMBITION (TARGETING THE END OF 2023)

  • UBS Arena aims to become a zero waste venue, diverting at least 90% of waste from landfill
  • On-Site solar generation will become a part of the arena’s overall renewable energy plan
  • All arena fleet vehicles will be powered by electricity, by on-site charging stations

CARBON REDUCTION FEE

  • To help us achieve our overall ambitions listed above, a 3.5% Carbon Reduction Fee will be applied on all food & beverage purchases at UBS Arena concession stands and on individual purchases in premium clubs. This will be in effect for all events at UBS Arena excluding New York Islanders hockey games.

ABOUT OUR CARBON CREDITS

UBS Arena has elected to offset all Scope 1 emissions for an initial period of five years with carbon offset products. All carbon offsets were selected following an exhaustive review of choices and based on a number of important criteria.  Ultimately, two domestic improved forestry management projects were chosen.  Both are certified and validated independently by the American Carbon Registry.

  • The Doe Mountain Improved Forest Management Project is located on over 8,500 acres of forestland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of eastern Tennessee. By committing to maintain forest CO2 stocks above the regional common practice, the project will provide significant climate benefits through carbon sequestration.
  • The Middlebury Improved Forest Management Project at Middlebury College, one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the United States, has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality each year. As part of this commitment, the college built a biomass gasification plant and installed solar and wind facilities to reduce reliance on traditional fuel sources and cut carbon emissions. In addition to these efforts, Bluesource and Middlebury launched an Improved Forest Management project on over 2,500 acres of forest in the Green Mountains of central Vermont. Middlebury retains a portion of the credits generated for its neutrality commitment while the balance is offered to voluntary market buyers, like the UBS Arena.  The project ensures the long-term conservation and sustainable management of the forest, promotes healthy wildlife habitat and prevents future compromise of the forest carbon stocks.

CURRENT SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES & INVESTMENTS

POWER & ENERGY

  • The arena uses occupancy sensor technology to ensure that lights within the building are off when unused. 
  • The arena is lit 100% by LED lighting.
  • Appliances within the building are Energy Star Certified.
  • The arena uses electric Olympia ice resurfacers.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • UBS Arena reduces water consumption by 40% as standard to other buildings of its size for typical use by using low flow plumbing, aligned to LEED Standards.

PLASTIC, RECYCLABLES, & WASTE

  • All paper products are compostable.
  • In all guest-facing locations, the arena offers two waste streams of recycling & composting. We are working closely with waste hauling partner Winters Bros.
  • Residual waste that is not recyclable is sent to resource recovery plants that help to create electricity for Long Island’s homes and businesses.
  • UBS Arena is reducing the use of single waste plastics by offering recyclable aluminum instead where applicable.
  • UBS Arena has a LEED-certified green integrated pest management plan & green cleaning policy.

FOOD WASTE

  • Partnering with the building concessionaire, Delaware North, unused food from both the front and back of the house is distributed to local organizations after events, like St. John’s United Methodist Church in Valley Stream.

FOOD & NUTRITION

  • The arena targets the following goals to supply sustainable, local, and healthy foods:
    • Source 75% most food ingredients within a 300-mile radius based on seasonality 
    • Produce is certified USDA Organic where applicable
    • 100% eggs from cage-free hens
    • Seafood meets Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Watch rating
    • Antibiotic- and hormone-free proteins where applicable
    • Grass-fed beef where applicable
    • Plant-based proteins include vegan and vegetarian offerings
    • Heart-healthy oils
    • No trans fats or high-fructose corn syrup where applicable
    • Foods with minimized saturated fat added sugar and sodium

FAN ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION

  • Committed to being a global leader in fan engagement around sustainability.
  • The arena hosts sustainability events such as conferences or building tours.
  • Other community and fan programs incentivize and promote sustainable lifestyles like the benefits of low carbon transportation, healthy diets, and physical activity. 
  •  Dedicated sustainability game days on or near Earth Day and NHL Green month.
  • Other sustainability game days throughout the season focus on carbon reductions, transportation, healthy food, etc.
  • UBS Arena is a member of the Green Sports Alliance.

UBS Arena works closely with world-class sustainability experts McLennan Design and Gotham360 to minimize the environmental impact of the venue.

Official Partners