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Husky Stadium has yet to officially open, yet it has already proven its ability to sustain.

Thanks to preservation, recycling and environmentalism throughout its $250 million renovation, Husky Stadium is expected to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal from the United States Green Building Council.

The new, 80,000-square-foot football operations center on the stadium’s remodeled west end is also expected to get LEED-medal recognition.

Fans will be able to use waste receptacles in new Husky Stadium that will be for recycling and compost only. Concessions will come in compostable or recyclable containers. The stadium’s lighting and video boards use energy-efficient LED displays plus a lighting control system that adjusts automatically to daylight. Husky Stadium has a computerized building management system, which produces detailed computerized data on energy. UW will share this information with the U.S. Green Building Council, which will provide feedback on how to improve energy performance.

Construction saved existing trees and shrubs, and replanted them on site. Natural and regional wood, stone and brick have been used throughout the renovation. The entrances to each seating area are framed in Northwest wood. Brick and concrete in new Husky Stadium came from Washington. The steel was made in Portland, Ore.

The new stadium has a smaller footprint with fans closer to the action by as much as 45 feet at the bottom of the lower deck. That means more usable space.

UW and Turner Construction, which renovated the stadium, are certified as “Salmon Safe” companies that protect water sources during projects. Turner kept dirty construction run-up from going into neighboring Lake Washington by building a temporary holding tank on the stadium’s floor. Turner also diverted 95 percent of construction waste from going to a landfill.