Are you ready for some ‘green’ football?

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to reach playoffs this year (I’m very torn up about this, but am also pumped that the NHL finally started its season), I was reading an article about the The Big Game going ‘green’. Did you know the NFL has an environmental program that has been around for 18 years? Last year, they set out to have the greenest game ever.

  1. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an environmentally-friendly stadium. Since the stadium has a retractable roof, their CPI lighting system utilizes natural light. Each year, the stadium recycles tons of aluminum, plastic, glass and cardboard.
  2. Two charging stations for electric cars were available.
  3. The hotel that housed the Media Center, JW Marriott, took food scraps to be turned into compost.
  4. The lights shining down on the field were powered by green energy.
  5. For the past seven years, the NFL has planted 1,000 trees in each host city.

Information derived from the ecorazzi blog and Super Bowl XLVII: Playing offense on clean energy and Super Bowl XLVI: Greening efforts to reduce environmental impact