I don't like football. But, yes. Even I'll admit the last few minutes were exciting. I'm from New York so I couldn't NOT watch it! Then I was really excited (and confused) to learn Super Bowl XLII was the greenest to date. GREEN? FOOTBALL? What?
For the last 15 years, Jack Groh, NFL's Environmental Program director, has spearheaded efforts to reduce the game's carbon footprint of an estimated 500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest culprits? Utility usage, powering the stadium and the NFL Experience Football Theme Park, and transportation - an estimated 3,000 vehicles were used to shuttle equipment, supplies and people. And so for the first time, the Super Bowl was powered by 100% renewable energy purchased from the Salt River Project .
The NFL also recycled all of the game's decor and building materials within the community and donated food to local shelters. And to help offset the environmental impact of the game, this year the NFL helped plant thousands of trees over 80 acres of land destroyed in Arizona's devastating 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
OK. So maybe football isn't so bad...