ICYMI with Chelsa: Sustainability Efforts in the NFL

Its fall season, soup season, and (most importantly) football season! Who doesn’t love football? I thought it would be interesting to see what the National Football League is doing to be more sustainable. 

From the NFL: “NFL Green, the league’s environmental program, works to mitigate the environmental impact of the NFL’s major events and create a “green” legacy in each community that hosts Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft. These objectives are addressed through active partnerships with NFL sponsors, local host committees, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.” Below are ways the NFL is becoming more sustainable.

Food Recovery

The Super Bowl can generate 140,000 pounds of excess food and beverages. The NFL works with local foodbanks to ensure the leftover food and drink is donated.

Material Recovery

Think about how much material is used when having the Super Bowl. Carpet, signs, décor, building materials, etc., all of this material that can be collected and reused is given to various nonprofit groups like Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, etc.

Recycling and Solid Waste Management

The community will develop initiatives to keep waste out of landfills from the increased waste generated.

Super Bowl E-Waste Event

“Each year, a one-day public E-Waste event is hosted in partnership with the local zoo just before the Super Bowl,” the website says. People in the community can bring e-waste to a drop off, where it is responsibly recycled.

Green Energy

Renewable energy certificates will be purchased to offset the energy usage during the Super Bowl.

Learn More about NFL Green


Chelsea Oren

Chelsa Oren is an Account Manager, RNG for EcoEngineers. She has an eye for innovative sustainability projects. Have you seen relevant or innovative news or articles surrounding the Clean Energy Economy? If so, shoot her an email at coren@ecoengineers.us, and she can feature it in the next update. Articles should be evergreen and not specifically tied to a particular publication date.  

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