5 Simple Ways to Green Your Super Bowl Viewing Party

Where there is a large event, there is always tons of waste to go with it. This couldn’t be more true of the Super Bowl. Examples of exhausting resounces comes in many forms. The International Business Times reports, “At the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, for instance, the Lucas Oil Stadium and related venues used around 15,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power about 1,400 average U.S. homes for a year.” That’s a LOT of power for an event that is only a few hours long. Business Insider also reports that, “Super Bowl XLVII, which took place in New Orleans in 2013, resulted in about 3.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, not including flights or transportation between venues. That’s equal to the annual tailpipe emissions of about 400 American passenger cars.” Then there are the tons of waste produced by consumables such as snacks, food, drink cans, paper products and much more.

The good news is that the NFL has implemented various environmental initiative to help counter the environmental footprint of it’s events. They have partnered with renewable energy companies to power events, the US Forest service to help plant trees, are starting to donate surplus foot to soup kitchens and kicked off various recycling programs. According to WasteDive, “Phoenix achieved a more than 80% waste diversion from trash generated downtown during days of Super Bowl XLIX kick off events, according to the NFL. And it piloted a first ever-compost program at the stadium on Game Day, as hosting stadium MetLife in New Jersey did the previous year. ” That’s great news for our planet!

So to follow our NFL heroes in their pursuit of a greener game day, here are some green tips you can easily do yourself!