College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This study aimed to analyze the sustainability of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California through an analysis of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED certification. Levi’s Stadium was the first professional sports stadium to receive LEED Gold certification in 2014, at a time where a focus on green building practices was becoming an industry standard. This analysis aims to determine what avenues the project team employed to ensure certification, including various standout features and strategies. Additionally, the study investigates the scorecard used to award points towards LEED certification, highlighting categories emphasized in design and construction and those that made less of a contribution to the point total. Finally, a more personal and detailed take on the process was collected through an interview with an employee that led sustainability efforts on the project. Through this analysis, the study intends to establish the pathway that a stadium project should take to find success in sustainability. With the information gathered, it was determined that the strategies Levi’s Stadium utilized were successful and trailblazing, and further case studies conducted on more recent professional sports stadiums would provide a clearer and more current picture of the recent landscape surrounding the sector.

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