American Airlines Arena

The Heat takes the LEED.

Stone Age Paving

12. Miami Heat, American Airlines Arena. Although Miami Mayor Manny Diaz has been bashed for his pro-development leanings, he’s making great green efforts of late. This year, during the first-ever NBA Green Week, he appeared with Miami Heat owners to announce that their arena had earned LEED certification for operations and maintenance. Because it sits on prime waterfront land, the Heat’s 20,000-seat venue has been controversial among environmentalists, although its architects attempted a place-sensitive design. Next up: A new LEED-silver stadium for the Miami Marlins — yep, you read it right, the team agreed to change its name to help seal the deal. Stay tuned.



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