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St. Louis to Host NFL's First Climate-Neutral Regular Season Game

St. Louis to Host NFL's First Climate-Neutral Regular Season Game

Sunday's National Football League game between the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles will be the first ever to have its carbon pollution offset with renewable energy in effort to fight global warming.

The two NFL teams partnered with the bi-partisan and NativeEnergy, a marketer of carbon offsets and green energy solutions, to offset the carbon pollution from energy that was used during the game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Energy to heat the dome and power lights and equipment comes from fossil fuel sources, which means energy for Sunday's game will also produce about 58 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution. Organizers have arranged for clean energy from a Native American wind project in the midwest and energy from a Pennsylvania dairy farm methane project to be put onto the grid to offset the global warming impact of energy used on the playing field and in fan seating areas. The impact will be the same as powering some of the dome with wind turbines or taking 500 cars off the road for a week.

The major source of game-related CO2 will come from travel activities and accommodations. Fans, media, and teams traveling by air, bus, and car will generate more than 10,900 tons of CO2 -- about 99% of the event’s total carbon footprint. Organizers hope their effort will encourage fans, the media, and the entire professional sports industry to think about energy use differently and will move them to take action, either by joining the virtual march on Washington, DC, or by offsetting their own auto, home, or business energy impact with NativeEnergy.

"The Eagles and Rams have demonstrated leadership in the fight against global warming with new renewable energy projects, and we hope that everyone -- not just sports fans -- will follow their lead and take action now," says Laurie David, founder of who, along with NRDC senior attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., will be honored by the NFL for their commitment to the fight against global warming during halftime ceremonies. Earlier this year the Eagles and Rams became the first professional teams on’s virtual march.

With NativeEnergy, CO2 offsetting actually contributes directly to the construction of new renewable energy generators. NativeEnergy customers help finance new projects by purchasing a share of the renewable energy credits the projects will generate over their operating lives, bringing critical revenues to the project up front. Helping to build these new projects will diversify our nation’s energy supply and displace energy that otherwise would come from burning fossil fuels, thereby reducing CO2 and other pollution.

For the past two years, the NFL has planted trees to sequester carbon emissions generated by some Super Bowl activities. The Rams-Eagles game is the first to offset its carbon footprint with new renewable energy projects, which will diversify the nation’s energy supply while helping Native American tribes and Pennsylvania family farms to restore sustainable homeland economies in balance with the Earth.