Saint Paul RiverCentre, Xcel Energy Center, and Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Near the intersection of Kellogg Blvd and West 7th Street sits a campus of diverse, yet connected event venues. Xcel Energy Center, home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild hockey team, Saint Paul RiverCentre the capital city’s luminous convention center and The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, a 5500 seat auditorium. These facilities have made incredible strides in sustainability, reducing the amount of electricity, heating, and cooling they use to make the building comfortable and to power all of their great events. 60% of all the waste from the facilities is recycled. Wind and solar play a big part in providing power and heat to the facility. They are saving over 78,000 gallons of water per year with new restroom devices on faucets.
Over 40% of their staff commute by bus, bike, carpool, or an efficient vehicle. They were one of the first event complexes to offer composting to the public. When you think of all the people that visit and all the events that happen in this complex, you can imagine just how much of an impact this makes.
Across the street from the complex, the Saint Paul RiverCentre parking ramp uses 348 solar panels to generate electricity for lighting and other electrical needs. When there is additional electricity available it can be shared with the electric grid for other users.
They have recently been awarded LEED, APEX/ASTM, and Green Globes certification. The complex is the first and only of its kind to be awarded these three environmental certifications. This exceptionally green center for entertainment has developed their own sustainability website that explains the extensive sustainability measures they have taken.