Molly Cotter

7 Ways Super Bowl XLVI is Going Green!

by , 02/05/12



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The Stadium

The Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium recently released a list of green initiatives that make any sports outing at their facility more eco-friendly than ever. The famous retractable roof with CPI lighting optimizes natural ventilation and light, while giant fans rather than air conditioners keep sports goers cool. Bathrooms are fully stocked with 100% recycled toilet paper, and timed water faucets preserve water. Even the parking lots are meticulously swept clean before the big day rather than sprayed with thousands of gallons of water.

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Recycling

The Super Bowl will take recycling super seriously this year with a number of committee and community based projects. Not only will the stadium provide more recycling bins than ever, but local restaurants, hotels and even residents around the outdoor Super Bowl village will have bins available to the public. Indianapolis recycling facilities will be operating on overtime during the 10 days surrounding the Super Bowl game to accommodate the rush. After the big game, like all their sporting events, the Lucas Oil Stadium also collects aluminum, plastic, glass, and cardboard to be reused or recycled throughout the community.

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Green Plug-Ins

This year’s Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee created “Project Plug-IN” which helped fund two giant charging stations for electric cars in the stadium’s parking lot. Eco-friendly drivers can charge their cars while tailgating, as the three block station is at the epicenter of the Super Bowl village. The brand new plug-in station strengthens Indianapolis’s reputation as one of the most EV friendly cities in the country.

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Food

The second best part of the Super Bowl is the food. The Lucas Oil Stadium has created partnerships with local and organic food vendors as well eco-friendly suppliers who provide biodegradable utensils. Food is bought in bulk to reduce transportation, and most leftover snacks are given to shelters. An amazing local program called Second Helpings also reclaims food from events and cooks it into meals for homeless shelters and missions throughout the city.

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