As one of the largest sports organizations in the country, the National Football League has a long-standing commitment to sustainable practices. In fact, for nearly two decades the NFL has been "greening" the management of Super Bowl. This year, however, the NFL has gone further than ever in that effort. Due to a partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation's longest serving clean energy provider, this weekend's game in Indianapolis should be the greenest yet.
The NFL has selected Green Mountain Energy to lead the charge by powering all of the major Super Bowl facilities with green power – including 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 teams' hotels. The renewable energy provided will help the NFL avoid over 29 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – about equal to the weight of nearly 33 million official NFL footballs.
"When we learned about the opportunity to provide green power to this year's Super Bowl, we jumped at it," explained Paul Thomas, President of Green Mountain Energy Company. "Powering a big, iconic event like this with renewable energy is a perfect fit for Green Mountain. We look for partners who understand sustainability is not just good for the environment, it's good business."
Green Mountain is supplying 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity used at the major NFL Super Bowl venues. RECs provide an additional revenue stream that can help build future renewable energy facilities.
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