This year, the NFL is working to make the Big Game greener than ever, and we’re not talking about beautifying the field. Instead, we’re talking about reducing environmental impacts of the country’s largest sporting event. For almost 20 years, the NFL has participated in sustainability programs, and the game on Sunday represents their most substantial effort yet.
Between the lights, the JumboTrons, and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel to and from Indianapolis (of both players and spectators), the Big Game is an event that uses an enormous amount of energy. The NFL has partnered with Green Mountain Energy and the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee to offset that power consumption this year.
The NFL’s sustainability initiatives include buying carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Green Mountain Energy in order to balance out greenhouse gas emissions connected to the Big Game; donating a residential solar array for use in a low-income home renovation project in Indianapolis; and supporting urban tree planting programs. To put some of that in football terms, Green Mountain Energy explains that the NFL is investing in enough RECs to offset the power used by 53.3 million microwaves heating up bowls of cheese dip for the game.
While the NFL is going green in a big way, there are also plenty of ways to reduce your own personal carbon footprint on game day and beyond. Vann’s offers a number of energy saving appliances and electronics, which are easier on the earth and your budget, thanks to the money you can save on the power bill.
Looking for a new flat screen TV to watch the big game? Check out the Samsung D7000, which has an Eco Sensor to match light levels in the room for more defined images and enables the TV to be more energy efficient. Vann’s also carries an array of ENERGY STAR rated appliances, including the Amana ASD2522WRB refrigerator and the Whirlpool WFW94HEXW washer, which are products that meet strict government standards for conserving energy.
What are some ways that you go green at home?