In America, professional sports are among the most dominant and unifying organizations in our country. The uniquely powerful influence sports have on millions of fans is beginning to send an important message of environmentalism and sustainability across the nation as sports teams and stadiums are competing to be the most energy efficient.
As the nation awaits Super Bowl 48, the National Football League promises “the greenest Super Bowl ever” at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J.
The stadium is the first in the world to meet with the Green Restaurant Association’s rigorous standards, and also considered the largest food service operations (with over 200 restaurants onsite) to receive this certification. Brad Mayne, MetLife Stadium president and CEO states, “From the very beginning, our owners committed to build and operate one of the most environmentally responsible stadiums in the NFL”.
Some ways the stadium is going green include:
- Converting all oil from food production into biodiesel fuel
- Composting all food scraps and donating leftover food
- Incorporating solar and recycled materials in construction and its seats
- Recycling leftover materials such as plastic, aluminum, and paper
- No Styrofoam containers will be used at the game
- Energy Star equipment will be used to make all food
The Green Sports Alliance, a U.S.-based association of more than 170 sports teams and venues, has reported that of the 126 professional sports teams in the five major North American Leagues, 38 have incorporated some renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.
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