Foxborough, MA – When the New England Patriots meet the Seattle SeaHawks in Phoenix on Feb. 1, the venue’s famed Bermuda grass isn’t all that’s due to be green. All energy at Superbowl XLIX, on and around the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium will be generated from renewable wind energy sources.
“Super Bowl is a great opportunity to demonstrate ways that a world-class event can be environmentally responsible,” ~ Jack Groh, NFL Environmental Program Director.
“Working with SRP to green the power at University of Phoenix Stadium is one of many strategies to respond to environmental concerns and create a positive legacy of Super Bowl in Arizona,” said Groh in press release.
According to SRP, the renewable energy and electricity generated to power the Super Bowl will be produced to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
The SRP sponsorship is one of multiple green energy initiatives planned by the NFL and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee leading up to and during Superbowl XLIX.
On Tuesday the committee partnered up with Verizon in an e-waste recycling collection effort.
“The Super Bowl is a monumental one-day event. As a Host Committee it’s our mantra to leave a lasting legacy in our communities that extends beyond Feb. 1, 2015,” said Jay Parry, president and CEO of the Super Bowl XLIX Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee in a December release.
“Beginning with the Host Committee’s first tree planting in April
2014, we’ve worked with all our community partners and the NFL to identify ways including solid waste collection, food recovery, material repurposing and a sports equipment and book donation drive that
will leave a positive ‘green legacy’ in our backyard,” said Parry.
“The NFL has spent more than two decades addressing the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and activities,” according to Groh. “This project with Verizon and the Host Committee lets everyone share in the greening of Super Bowl in their own community. Keeping e-waste out of local landfills is a way for all of us to do something positive.”
Patriots sporting red, white and blue – and green, too
At home in Foxborough, the Patriot’s base at Gillette Stadium, a 100 percent privately funded build boasts green along with its red, white and blue.
From the purchase of wind power renewable energy credits to the installation of solar canopies and rooftop solar panels at its sister Patriot’s Place outdoor shopping mall, the Kraft Group chose clean energy solutions to trick out its home base.
The Seahawks are in the green game, too. The organization is a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance, an inter-league collaboration focused on environmental stewardship.