Monthly Archives: January 2014

Home of Super Bowl XLVIII Sets Eyes on Green – Fans Can Too!

Kick off for Super Bowl XLVIII is only three short days away. This game will make history as the first Super Bowl played in an uncovered stadium in a cold-weather region. Held at MetLife Stadium, the game also promises to make waves in the sports greening movement.

From e-waste collection drives to large-scale public transit plans to move fans to and from the game to the collection and donation of uneaten, untouched food, the NFL and Super Bowl organizers have shown a commitment to lessening the impact of the jewel event and promoting environmental stewardship.

The site of the Super Bowl itself sets an example in venue excellence with a strong commitment to environmental programs. MetLife Stadium partnered with the EPA in 2009, pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing a number of green initiatives. The home of the NY Jets and NY Giants has reduced energy, implemented recycling and composting programs, reduced water consumption through low flow faucets, toilets and waterless urinals in rest rooms and promotes mass transit alternatives. As a result of these programs, the stadium has reduced its carbon footprint by the equivalent of over 234,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, saving the facility nearly $20 million in operating costs in just under four years of action. Click here to find out more about MetLife Stadium’s greening initiatives.

Even more, both teams set to face off in the Super Bowl on February 2nd boast meaningful greening programs at their respective home venues. Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos, is a charter member of Rocky Mountain Region Greener Venues PartnershipAnd, CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, recently launched its Defend Your Turf sustainability program.

It’s not only the teams and venues that can do their part to be environmentally savvy. It is estimated that 55 million American households (113 million people) tuned in to Super Bowl XLVII last year. With those numbers, there is a lot of positive impact that could be had if fans get involved in the green sports movement as well.

As you finalize your plans for Super Bowl viewing parties, consider a few ways to reduce your game day impact:

– Ask your guests to carpool when possible – It saves gas and makes parking in your neighborhood easier.

– Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) – CFLs are 80% more efficient than conventional bulbs – brightening your house and saving energy and money in the long run.

– Use resuable plates, cups, containers and cloth napkins – Class up your party while cutting down on your paper consumption and waste.

– Opt for sustainably-produced meat – Replace beef and pork with poultry to lower your carbon footprint and save money too. And, don’t forget to throw in a few veggies now and then!

Fun Stat: If half of the 55 million households viewing the Super Bowl served chicken nachos instead of beef nachos, we could prevent an estimated 552,750 metric tons of CO2e emissions and save an estimated 38.17 billion gallons of water. These savings are equivalent to:
– The annual GHG emissions of 91,840 passenger vehicles
– Enough water to fill 57,833 Olympic-size swimming pools

– Pick nontoxic alternatives to household cleaners – When the party is over, clean up like a pro using green cleaning products, reducing potential harm to yourself and the environment. Click here for info on Green Seal-certified  products.

Check out the NRDC Greening Advisor for more green fan tips.

Enjoy the show!


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*Data for calculations came from 2011 research from the Environmental Working Group for carbon numbers and research from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for water numbers. 


City of Phoenix Teams With Diamondbacks for Zero-Waste Spring Training Game

The spring training game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners on March 13 will challenge fans to create zero landfill waste while they take in the game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. In a partnership between the Diamondbacks, the ballpark, the city of Phoenix and waste-management partner Republic Services, the game will provide an opportunity to promote the municipal sustainability initiative Reimagine Phoenix to the community.

For the game, the stadium will remove every garbage can, replacing them with recycling and compost receptacles. The partnership also includes collaboration with stadium concessionaire Ovations Food Services, which will utilize recyclable and compostable products and utensils to alleviate the creation of landfill waste. The event will also make use of volunteers from Grand Canyon University to help educate fans on the proper disposal of various items.

“In only a few short months, we are already seeing the results of our recent meetings with the Green Sports Alliance and the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said city councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela about the Zero-Waste Game. “When there is a conscious effort focused on sustainability, we can have a tremendous impact on reducing what we pitch in the trash.“

Read the full article here.



Waste Management Launches ‘Greenest Show’ Campaign

Dedicated to making the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) the greenest stop on the PGA TOUR in 2014, Waste Management launched its “Greenest Show” social media campaign in December. The campaign encourages fans, sponsors and the community to share their daily green practices and participate by using the hashtag #greenestshow via social media before and during the tournament week, January 27 – February 2, 2014.

“The Greenest Show campaign provides a new creative outlet for fans to share their support for sustainability and sports, and allows Waste Management to engage with them in a more meaningful way,” said David Aardsma, WM chief sales and marketing officer.

At the 2014 WMPO, Waste Management’s goal is to divert 100% of tournament waste away from landfills and into recycling and composting facilities. In its third year, the Zero Waste Challenge will focus on educating vendors and attendees about the right materials to use and reuse. Interactive Zero Waste Stations will be equipped with volunteers available to assist patrons in properly disposing of their waste.

The 2013 WMPO earned the UL Environment’s landfill waste diversion claim validation, reached its goal of diverting 100% of tournament waste away from landfills and also earned Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport.

Read the full release here.



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