As the largest sporting event in the country, it comes as no surprise that the Superbowl leaves a signifcant carbon footprint every year. With this realization, the NFL have been making strides to try and cut down on gas emissions and make it a more eco-friendly event.
The NFL are working together with Green Mountain Energy to help power this year's event with renewable energy. Over 15,000 megawatts worth of renewable energy credits (RECs) have been purchased to do just that. This energy is generated through wind farms in North Dakota. This has saved around 14,000 tons in carbon emissions leading up to the game. Apart from these actions, Green Mountain will provide carbon offsets for the ground and air travel of both teams as they get to the game. They will also be giving back to Indiannapolis (the host city) by supporting the urban foresty movement in the area and they will also be donating a residential solar array.
In the grand scheme of things, this may not be solve the carbon emissions problem but it is a great way to raise awareness. Let's hope that all of us can take something away from this and try to make our Superbowl a green event in our lives too!