On February 2nd, when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, there will be more to cheer about than the outcome of the game: this year’s Super Bowl will have the distinction of being the greenest in history. The game will be held at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J., which is the most energy efficient NFL stadium in the league. In fact, prior to its construction, the owners of MetLife Stadium, “signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency, pledging to become an environmental steward and implement carbon footprint reducing initiatives.”
For solar supporters, the game will generate even more good news. To offset its impact, New Jersey’s largest utility, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), announced that it will purchase and retire one renewable energy certificate for every megawatt hour of electricity used during the game, at the NFC and AFC team hotels, and used by Super Bowl Boulevard, the largest public celebration of the Super Bowl, located in Times Square.
Renewable energy certificates (RECs), “represent the property rights to the environmental, social, and other non-power qualities of renewable electricity generation.” One renewable energy certificate is generated for every 1,000 kWh of energy produced — trading for about $145 per solar certificate and $14 per wind certificate. According to projections, the game will likely generate 240 solar energy certificates, which is equal to four weeks of energy output by PSE&G’s Kearny solar farm. In addition to the solar certificates that will be generated, roughly 5,700 wind energy certificates will be purchased from Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City, NJ.
To compliment the generation of renewable energy, other eco-friendly measures will be practiced: all leftover food will be composted, all waste kitchen oil generated will be turned into biodiesel, and no styrofoam containers will be used by the 200 restaurants that are expected to serve at least 100,000 guests. Aside from being deemed the most energy efficient stadium in the league, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Metlife Stadium’s food provider, is a Certified Green Restaurant, and is the first NFL food service to pass the standards set by the Green Restaurant Association’s (GRA) to earn such a distinction.
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Alex Hayes is passionate about sustainability, clean energy, entrepreneurship, and decentralized innovation, including crowdfunding. When not writing for Mosaic, he is a musician, avid runner and consultant to many organizations, such as the Spanish Public Media Foundation. Previously, he worked to make arts-education more accessible to Chicago students, helped launch an art-gallery, and supported a grassroots movement of over 250,000 people to reform campaign finance laws.
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