This Wednesday (9/21) on World Tree Day the workers of Arena Pantanal were given saplings to plant at home, an initiative that is part of the environmental education plan of Santa Bárbara/Mendes Júnior, the consortium executing the works.
Those involved in building the stadium also receive information on selective garbage collection and recycling, and learn more about sustainability. The landscaping project of Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá (MT) will include an extensive wooded area that will showcase regional species like mastic, jatoba and trumpet trees.
Close to 3,200 trees will be planted across 21 thousand m², 2,080 of them for environmental recovery purposes. "All this awareness-raising work is also taken into account in the green building certification assessment and reinforces our socio-environmental responsibility commitment. As to landscaping, we expect to begin planting trees in the work site by the end of the year," explained Agecopa President Eder Moraes.
The new Verdão stadium is applying for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a building certification scheme that attests the environmental quality of an enterprise.
Green World Cup
Besides the trees in Arena Pantanal, Agecopa is also investing in the Green World Cup Program to offset and neutralize emissions from the new stadium works. In the next three years R$ 3.5 million will be transferred to the project, R$ 710 thousand in payments for environmental services made to riverside populations along the Cuiabá, Paraguay and São Lourenço rivers.
Close to one thousand hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas will be recovered in partnership with Instituto Ação Verde by planting 1.4 million trees. In total 50 thousand saplings of 62 different species are already in place in 88 properties. Each tree planted captures an average of 138 kg of carbon throughout 30 years. It is estimated that the new Verdão stadium works will emit 711 thousand tons of carbon equivalent.