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October 7, 2020

2020 Atlanta E3 Awards Winner Spotlight: Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena


In 2009, State Farm Arena (Philips Arena at the time) was the first NBA arena to be awarded LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance. When the time came to renovate in 2017, the Hawks prioritized hitting LEED Gold under the LEED Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System. The renovation diverted over 900 tons of waste from landfill, including salvaging many materials to be re-sold at the Lifecycle Building Center. The Arena’s lighting was upgraded, resulting in a 41% reduction in power usage.   


These previous sustainability accomplishments are notable, but the Hawks did not stop at the building and its operations. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, they partnered with the surrounding community, as well as organizations like Goodr, to help mitigate food insecurity. The partnership resulted in 219,090 pounds of food donated to 5,606 households and 1,144 senior citizens, totaling 27,096 meals.

The Hawks and State Farm Arena’s support of the community also encompasses the recent designation of the Arena as an early voting location for Fulton County for the August 11 runoff and the November General Election. For November, State Farm Arena will be open for the entire early voting period, with 200 voting machines to allow for proper social distancing and short lines.


Learn more about the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena’s sustainability efforts here

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