PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced that JELD-WEN Field, home of the Major League Soccer (MLS) club, has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability, and by achieving LEED Silver status, JELD-WEN Field was recognized for its exceptional sustainable strategies and its ongoing efforts to positively impact the venue and the broader community.

“The challenge we face is taking an 85-year-old facility and transforming it into a leading example of efficient use of resources,” said Ken Puckett, senior vice president of operations at JELD-WEN Field. “We are proud to have achieved LEED Silver certification, and we will continue to identify ways to increase efficiency in all areas of our operations and make an even greater impact.”

JELD-WEN Field’s sustainability efforts include a number of initiatives, including the use of energy-efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures; recycling stations and food-waste composting programs for staff and visitors; subsidized mass transit programs and availability of bicycle racks for fans; and utilizing reusable commodities, using green-certified materials and equipment.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“JELD-WEN Field’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and JELD-WEN Field serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

Originally constructed in 1926, JELD-WEN Field received a sparkling, $40 million facelift in time for the Timbers to begin their inaugural MLS season in 2011. Ellerbe Becket served as the primary architect of the renovation project, while ICON Venue Group served as the project manager and Turner Construction was the general contractor.

Achieving the LEED certification required more than a year of study with consultants such as Green Building Services of Portland and the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-effective and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Nearly 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising nearly 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 11,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 52,000 more homes registered.

About JELD-WEN Field
JELD-WEN Field is an iconic sports and entertainment facility located in the heart of downtown Portland, Ore. at 1844 SW Morrison. JELD-WEN Field is the host site for a wide variety of events each year, including Portland Timbers MLS soccer, Portland State University football, college and high school football and soccer, concerts, community events and public and private functions. JELD-WEN Field officially reopened to the public on April 14, 2011, after a significant renovation crafted to create one of the most unique and authentic soccer environments in the country as the Timbers marked their debut season in Major League Soccer. Originally constructed in 1926, JELD-WEN Field is an historic civic gathering place that has played host to some of the region’s most memorable events, including presidential visits, a 1957 concert by Elvis Presley, the National Football League’s first game decided by overtime, Pele’s official last professional game and the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. For more information, visit www.JELD-WENField.com.