In among the intense media spotlight that goes hand in hand with the Superbowl of today’s generation there was an aspect of this years event that didn’t get the attention it deserved, The NFL Environmental Program.
In fact, this year, the 18th year of the program, they seem determined to outdo anything else they’ve ever done. The list green programs for Super Bowl XLVI is comprehensive to say the least.
One of the primary aspects to this year’s NFL Environmental Program is the inclusion of 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 features 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 covers team travel through the purchase of carbon offsets for air and ground transportation.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the NFL’s extraordinary effort to support alternative energy.
It would be a little cheeky to ask ‘Lucas Oil Stadium’ to install solar panels for the Superbowl but many other teams around the league are taking such steps:
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.
Well done to the NFL for doing their part to offset the energy that the Superbowl uses.