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The enviro Super Bowl

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey

There are two notable firsts with tomorrow’s Super Bowl (aside from the possibility of an unprecedented repeat for the Seahawks).

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg reports that food waste will be much reduced this year:

Super Bowl Central, a 12-block area in downtown Phoenix that will play host to all sorts of festivities this weekend, is a kickoff (if you will) to more conscious food waste collection efforts in the city.

The reduced Waste Challenge will feature not only recyclable items (which is becoming commonplace, thankfully), but also reusable ones. Also, starting with the festivities, the city will launch a program for composting food scraps, starting with a three-bin collection system: food, soiled paper and yard waste to compost; recycling; and other garbage.

Sarah Battaglia, meanwhile, reports that

For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game will be played under LED lights, one of the most efficient types of light bulbs on the market. Lighting manufacturer Cree will be in the spotlight while the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots battle it out on the field.

The University of Phoenix Stadium went through a complete lighting renovation and now requires a mere 310,000 watts of energy. Compare that to the previously required 1.24 million watts and you’ll realize that’s a 75 percent reduction in energy consumption!

Neither of these, by themselves, will “save the world” or even make a big difference to the ecological footprint of Phoenix. But everything counts, and improvements like these are welcome. But the educational impact of these measures is possibly the most important result: if these become the standard to emulate, throughout Phoenix, and for all sports venues – and then, for all sports fans! – now we’re talking.


Written by enviropaul

January 31, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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