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Tomorrow's Super Bowl is Going to be the Greenest
Last year for Super Bowl XLVI I wrote about Lucas Oil Stadium’s sustainability efforts year-round and for the game in Indianapolis.
This year the Mercedes-Benz Superdome setting of tomorrow’s Harbowl, aka Super Bowl XLVII, between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers is going to be green too! In fact the bad puns like this year’s theme “Geaux Green” (“green” the game; “green” the fans; and “green” the community) designated by the New Orleans Host Committee (NOHC) started last April.
The committee announced the theme and launched the Environmental Program for Super Bowl XLVII last spring with a tree planting done in partnership with Hike for KaTREEna. Over 100,000 trees were lost after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the state in 2005.
A bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) was gifted to the NOHC from the Indianapolis Host Committee, the species of tree is found in both the Indianapolis and New Orleans regions. That tree became the first one planted towards the NOHC’s goal of reaching a total of 2,013 trees before tomorrow. Hike for KaTREEna is working toward a goal of planting 7,000 trees to break the NFL record for most trees planted by a Super Bowl host city. The title is currently held by Dallas at 5,000 trees.
“I couldn’t think of a better event to officially launch our environmental efforts for 2013. This simple gesture is just the first of many we have planned to help rebuild our great City. Our goal is to help Super Bowl XLVII be the Perfect 10th Super Bowl for New Orleans by making it as environmentally friendly as possible.” said Patty Riddlebarger, the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Entergy Corporation a member of the NOHC and headquartered in Louisiana,
More recently two Big TREEsy Giveaways last month at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans on January 5th, and January 12th at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. At these giveaways residents were given trees to plant in their neighborhoods.
This year carbon credits will be donated to offset the energy and carbon dioxide emissions from a Super Bowl. Mercedes Superdome, Morial Convention Center, the hotels team and NFL employees will be staying, and from Jim Harbaugh’s sideline fits of rage at Jerome Bolger’s calls.
Energy usage at these facilities has been estimated at a total 4,600 MW of electricity that will result in 3.8 million pounds of C02 emissions.
Entergy will be purchasing the offsets from three sources including a dairy farm in Central Michigan. The company estimates that the donation will result in the removal of over 26 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling, as expected, of paper, plastic and aluminum will be provided at all Super Bowl venues. No word on if they will be using fancy trashcans like the Staples Center uses now.
The Green Project and Repurpose Nola are reclaiming Super Bowl banners, displays, signage and other promotional items for reuse.
The plan is to make souvenir items like tote bags, wallets, and shower curtains. Repurpose Nola’s website is currently selling Super Bowl 44 items. A one-of-a-kind shower curtain made from an NFL banner will cost you $100.
The game starts at 6:30 PM EST on CBS.
1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.
1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.
2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.