Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena—set to become the first ILFI Zero Carbon Certified arena in the world—sources hyper-locally: 75% of its food ingredients come from within a 300 mile radius, the hockey rink water is sourced from its own roof(!) through an innovative rain-to-rink system, and even The Climate Pledge Collection merchandise sold on-site is designed by a Seattle-based artist.
Each hockey season, one Pacific Northwest artist is selected to design a merchandise collection that’s net proceeds benefit One Roof Foundation’s Environmental Justice Pillar—helping to ensure all youth have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean and safe places to gather and play. “We’re excited to collaborate with a wide range of artists from different backgrounds,” says Quinn Ianniciello, Creative Director for The Climate Pledge. “The only requirement is that they are local to the Pacific Northwest, are motivated to express their artwork through the lens of the climate crisis, and have artwork that can translate well into unique products.”
For the Kraken’s debut 2021-2022 season, that artist was Seattle-based illustrator Erin Wallace. For the current 2022-2023 season, it’s Seattle-based artist Jen Ament, known for her thought-provoking linocut prints and murals around town. We sat down with Jen to hear about her background, the inspiration for the collection designs, and her thoughts on the arena’s world-leading innovations in sustainability.