This year’s Super Bowl looked a little greener than before. Everything from the stadium lights to the computers in the media center was powered by green energy. Green Mountain Energy Company supplied more than 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the big game’s greenhouse gas emissions. Overall these RECs will help avoid more than 14,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions created by activities leading up to and during the Super Bowl. In addition, Green Mountain is donating a residential solar array to a local Indianapolis neighborhood. Beginning this spring they will team with the NFL and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to support urban forestry projects that will plant trees around the city. As tradition dictates, the proverbial “golden shovel” will be passed on to the next Super Bowl host city (New Orleans in 2013), to continue the tree planting. Finally, carbon offsets will be purchased for all air and ground travel by the teams, to mitigate their emissions.
To read more visit Green Mountain Energy’s press release at http://www.greenmountain.com/images/PDF/Super-Bowl/Super_Bowl_46_Green_Energy_Release.pdf and view a full-size image of the emissions chart.