2008 Super Bowl Goes Green

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The NFL works to cut the carbon impact of Super Bowl XLII in 2008 by 30 percent -- powering the stadium with renewable hydroelectric and solar energy, using ethanol-fueled vehicles, and recycling trash.



"2008 Super Bowl Goes Green." Simran Sethi, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 1 Feb. 2008. NBC Learn. Web. 21 January 2015.


Sethi, S. (Reporter), & Williams, B. (Anchor). (2008, February 1). 2008 Super Bowl Goes Green. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=41386


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2008 Super Bowl Goes Green


The New York Giants and the New England Patriots face off on the Super Bowl on Sunday; and this year along with the green on the field, there's actually green in some other places to be found as well. The game's organizers are making a super-sized effort to be, of all things, environmentally friendly. We want to welcome NBC News contributing correspondent Simran Sethi who reports on the environment for us and has this story from Phoenix.

SIMRAN SETHI reporting:

The Salt River Project hydroelectric plant may seem an unlikely place to talk football, but the energy created here on Super Bowl Sunday helps to power football's biggest game of the year.

Mr. JACK GROH (NFL Environmental Program Coordinator): In certain business models, there's going to be a certain amount of waste or greenhouse gas that's going to produced. And to me the big question is, what do you do about it?

SETHI: With an estimated 150,000 people descending on Phoenix for Super Bowl XLII, the NFL estimates the game will generate over 500 tons of carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change. Everything from the cars people drive to the trash fans leave behind to the energy this stadium uses has an impact.

Using energy from renewable sources--including low impact hydroelectric plants, wind farms, solar panels and geothermal electricity--the NLF wants to cut 30 percent of the Super Bowl's carbon impact.

Dr. DAVID GREENE (Oak Ridge National Laboratory): This is not the solution to climate change. It is a statement on their part that everyone needs to do something about this.

SETHI: Across Arizona, the NFL is planting more than 10,000 trees. The NFL also plans to recycle more than 700 tons of garbage, donate 65,000 pounds of unused food, and drive players around in ethanol-fueled vehicles.

MATT CASSEL (New England Patriots): I'm going to get one, this week. I'm going to get a Prius this week.

SETHI: This week, after you win?

CASSEL: After I win, because this whole green thing, I'm getting sucked into it.

SETHI: The next challenge, trying to encourage the 90 million viewers who watch the game to go green. Simran Sethi, NBC News, Phoenix.