New York Giants Bringing Home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, But the Winning Color of Super Bowl XLVI was GREEN!
February 6, 2012
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*** Press Release ***
Although the New York Giant’s are bringing home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the overall winning color of the 2012 Super Bowl was not blue, but GREEN!
Sure, between air travel, overbooked hotels, packed bars, all-night parties, exhibits, fan activities and busloads of media crews, Super Bowl XLVI generated more solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions than there were yards rushed during the course of the game.
However, the folks at the NFL Environmental Program were committed to doing their part to help offset all of that. This year, the 18th year of the program, they seem determined to outdo anything else they’ve ever done. The slate of green programs for Super Bowl XLVI was pretty impressive.
This year’s NFL Environmental Program included a waste management effort designed to salvage recyclable and reusable trash, collection and donation of leftover food, and recovery of leftover decorations, office supplies and other materials that could be auctioned off, reused, donated or re-purposed.
The program also featured a book and sports equipment-donation center coordinated with local school districts, and a tree-planting program that will put thousands of new trees in local neighborhoods.
The program even covered team travel through the purchase of carbon offsets for air and ground transportation.
As for renewable energy initiatives, the NFL is looking not just to meet, but beat, its previous use of renewable energy.
The highlight is a renewable energy certificate purchase through the company Green Mountain Energy, which for the first time will cover all of the major venues, a total of six, instead of only covering the football stadium.
According to Green Mountain’s press materials, that means 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy, which will power “everything from the computers in the Motorola Super Bowl XLVI Media Center to the lights that shine down on the teams as they compete during Super Bowl.”
The NFL is also supporting the local “Rebuilding Together” program as its officially sanctioned charity, and as part of the Super Bowl festivities Green Mountain donated a rooftop solar array for a home involved in the program.
It would be a little much to ask Lucas Oil to install solar panels at Lucas Oil Stadium, but that’s the direction other NFL teams are going in. The Philadelphia Eagles have a comprehensive program that includes onsite wind, solar and biofuel to power their Lincoln Field exclusively with renewables.
The Washington Redskins are not too far behind; that franchise has partnered with the company NRG to install a two-megawatt solar array at FedEx Field. The array is part of a public awareness boost for renewable energy that also includes a solar power educational display prominently located outside the stadium.
Check out the 1st and Green, a web-based program developed to encourage individuals, households and groups to make a difference in our environment by offsetting carbon emissions and saving water. The program was aimed to educate and change people’s habits to be more sustainable using the Super Bowl as a common ground. 1st and Green was part of the NFL Environmental Program to create an environmentally responsible event.