The Greening of the Super Bowl
The National Football League and the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee are going green. They have selected Green Mountain Energy to provide renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the electricity to power the event. Green Mountain will provide 15,000 megawatt hours worth of RECs generated at wind farms in North Dakota to offset the electricity used at Lucas Oil Stadium, the sie of the game, the Indiana Convention Center and all four hotels hosting NFL teams and media.
According to Green Mountain the RECs will reduce the Super Bowl’s carbon footprint by more than 14,000 tons over a period of a month leading up to and following the big game. The NFL claims that, through its Environmental Program, it has been “greening” the Super Bowl by “developing projects to address the overall climate change impact of the event” for the past 18 years. Partnering with Green Mountain in 2012 certainly is the most aggressive step towards addressing the game’s carbon footprint.