With the Super Bowl now hours away the excitement for the game, commercials, and halftime performances are overwhelming. But, there’s one more thing to add to that list: This year will the be first ever Green Super Bowl.
MetLife’s journey to a green stadium began in 2009 when the stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirming the first steps to an environmental friendly stadium. MetLife would go on to create successful green initiatives that would reduce their carbon footprint.
40,000 tons of recycled steel was used to create the stadium with 50% of the old stadium’s concrete serving as backfill. Solar energy was an important factor in creating a green stadium as well. The company used 47 frames, 1350 BIPV Panels, 24 inverters and over 900 LED fixtures.
The stadium also took the initiative to have the first batch of green restaurants.
According to Rochester News, over 50 environmental measures were taken so that the stadium could have green restaurant certification, including kitchen oils being converted to bio-diesel fuel. The company also removed all Styrofoam containers.
The green movement will continue with other stadiums going green and we hope this encourages fans to take part in the movement as well!