With growing concerns about climate change and environmental impact, the NFL is taking significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainability. The league aims to become a “net zero” emissions league in the near future, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund and implementing various eco-friendly practices at stadiums across the country.
Reducing Waste and Promoting Recycling
In an effort to reduce waste, the NFL encourages recycling and composting at their events. In 2019, upwards of 90% of waste generated at and around the Super Bowl was diverted from landfills through recycling and composting. The league has set an ambitious goal to achieve zero waste at their events by 2025.
Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets
The NFL is committed to using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines, to power their stadiums. Additionally, the league purchases renewable energy credits to offset emissions from energy usage in NFL facilities and events. They have also implemented a program to offset the carbon emissions from team travel and stadium operations.
Water Conservation and Green Building Practices
To conserve water, the NFL implements low-flow plumbing fixtures and drought-resistant landscaping at various stadiums. Green building practices, such as energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems and the use of recycled building materials, are also employed in several facilities across the country.
Partnerships for a Greener Future
The NFL has partnered with organizations like WIN Waste Innovations to promote sustainability and educate fans about eco-friendly practices. For example, WIN Waste Innovations is partnering with Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots, and the New England Revolution to handle and process waste and recyclables generated at the stadium. This partnership is projected to divert 642 tons of stadium waste from landfills, offsetting the equivalent need for nearly 769 barrels of oil, 224 tons of coal, or 53,715 cubic feet of natural gas.