By Greentech Lead Team: The National
Football League, in association with the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host
Committee, has extended the use of green power to six major Super Bowl
From the computers in the Motorola
Super Bowl XLVI Media Center to the lights that shine down on the teams as they
compete during Super Bowl will be powered by green energy.
Green Mountain Energy Company, a
provider of green power, will supply 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy
certificates (RECs) to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the
electricity used at the major NFL venues. These include Lucas Oil Stadium, site
of Super Bowl XLVI, the Indiana Convention Center, site of the NFL Experience
Football Theme Park, and all four of the major NFL hotels including the NFL
Headquarters, the Super Bowl Media Center, and the AFC and NFC team hotels.
The RECs used to green Super Bowl
XLVI are being generated at wind farms located in North Dakota. Renewable
energy certificates provide an additional revenue stream that can help build
future renewable energy facilities.
The RECs will avoid more than 14,000
tons of greenhouse gas emissions associated with Super Bowl electricity
consumption over the course of the month-long period leading up to and
immediately following Super Bowl XLVI.
Providing the RECs is the beginning
of Green Mountain’s involvement in this year’s Super Bowl. The company is also
donating a residential solar array to be incorporated into the Near East Side
Legacy Project, an Indianapolis Host Committee effort to revitalize one of the
city’s central neighborhoods.
Green Mountain has joined the NFL to
support urban forestry projects that will take place in the spring, after Super
Bowl has come and gone. Trees will be planted in Indianapolis neighborhoods in
partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
In addition, Green Mountain will
provide carbon offsets to balance the greenhouse gas emissions created by air
and ground travel by the AFC and NFC teams competing in Super Bowl. These third
party certified offsets will mitigate the environmental impact created by
transportation greenhouse gas emissions.
“Green Mountain Energy Company has
helped us reduce the overall environmental impact of Super Bowl activities.
Together, we have been able to expand the way we address greenhouse gas
emissions and leave a permanent benefit to the host community,” said NFL
Environmental Program Director Jack Groh.
Green Mountain is also providing
renewable energy certificates to green the electricity used at Aloha Stadium,
site of the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. Green Mountain, along with the NFL and nearly a
dozen local partners, is also helping to fund a local urban forestry project at
the Waianae Boys and Girls Club in Hawaii.