When it comes to the Super Bowl, the last thing in your mind is sustainability. The big question in your mind is "who is going to win the game?" -That game that will be played at the MetLife Stadium, one of the Greenest Stadiums in the US.
How is that possible? Here are some nifty facts:
-Metlife Stadium was built with the latest technology available today and it is twice as large as the old stadium, yet it uses 30% less energy through Energy Star equipment, efficient windows, and by using biodegradable fuels in outdoor transformers.
-Water consumption has been reduced by 25% compared to the old stadium, by using low flow faucets, low flush toilets and waterless urinals, synthetic turf, and native plants that require less watering.
-All 82,500 seats were made out of 80% recycled cast iron and 20% recycled plastic. During construction 40,000 tons of recycled steel was used to build the Stadium.
-Construction waste removed from the project site was 83% recyclable so it wouldn’t end up in landfills.
-The Solar Panels installed above the catwalk of the Stadium can generate 350,000 kW hours of electricity annually, equivalent to powering 34 average residential homes per year or saving 632 barrels of oil per year. Cool, huh?
-NFL Environmental Program partnered with Energy Company PSEG to provide renewable energy during the game. Every megawatt hour of electricity used during the game will be offset with the purchase of one renewable energy credit. This electricity includes the power to generate MetLife Stadium, the team's hotels, and Super Bowl Boulevard.
-Carbon footprint has been reduced by 234,834 MTCO2e (Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent - it is a mouthful!) which is equivalent to the Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy use of 12,086 Homes for one year or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 48,924 vehicles. (In case you don’t know, a carbon footprint is the measure of the environmental impact of a particular individual or organization's lifestyle or operation, measured in units of carbon dioxide.)
-The stadium is the first in the world to have all of its 200+ restaurants become 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants, meeting the strict environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association. Some of these standards include:
- Waste kitchen oil will be converted into biodiesel fuel
- Kitchen scraps will be collected and composted. It is expected that about 7 or 8 tons of waste will be generated during the Super Bowl. It will be trucked to a local facility for processing and used for landscaping.
- All leftover food will be donated to local shelters and soup kitchens
- All cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper must be recycled and the use of polystyrene foam containers is prohibited
- All equipment is ENERGY STAR rated
Those are just a few of the things the NFL is doing to improve their sustainability efforts. What would you be doing to me more “green” today?
Facts compiled from from metlifestadium.com/stadium/sustainability, getsolar.com, and prnewswire. Picture from todaysfacilitymanager.com