NFL’s Shining Stars

Image Courtesy: Nancy Lane

Since Green Power Management calls New Hampshire its birthplace and home, naturally we are New England Patriots fans.  With the kick off of the NFL season right around the corner, it’s only natural we have a football-themed blog!

Earlier this month the team celebrated the installation of its new 525-kilowatt PV solar system at Patriot Place.  The system is made up of 2,556 solar panels and will generate more than 625,000 kilowatt hours per year or roughly 30% of the energy consumed by Patriot Place.  For those of you not familiar with it, Patriot Place is a complex located next to Gillette Stadium and offers shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The system was provided by Marlborough, MA solar manufacturer, Evergreen Solar.  Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof will be visible from inside the stadium and from the upper retail plaza portion of Patriot Place.  “This is good business and the greening of our environment is important for our children and grandchildren,” says Bob Kraft, the CEO of The Kraft Group who own and manage the Patriot Place facilities.

Several other NFL teams are jumping on the green bandwagon.  Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions achieved LEED status.  Among other things it was built using about 20 million pounds of recycled steel and includes many other energy saving features.

A few years ago the Philadelphia Eagles began printing tickets and receipts on recycled paper at Lincoln Financial Field.  Drinks are served in cups made up of a corn-based material which disintegrates in about 50 days.  Since starting their GO GREEN program back in 2003 the Eagles estimate they’ve recycled about 150 million tons of materials.

The San Diego Chargers have been recycling at their stadium for nearly two decades now.  The team also donates its sod to YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The New York Giants and Jets new Meadowlands stadium opened last year with some lofty goals.  The plan is to reduce the stadium’s annual water use by 25%, making it 30% more energy efficient than Giants Stadium, increasing total recycling by 25% and replacing traditional concession plates and cups with compostable alternatives.

In 2014 the San Francisco 49s will be playing ball on a new field.  It is set to include solar panels on the roof, incorporate the use of recycled water and a program to have more than a quarter of fans arrive on public transportation.  Funding has been a problem for this project so we’ll have to wait and see how green this stadium turns out to be!

This football season cheer on your favorite team for sure, but also give it up to those organizations trying to make a difference in our world!  One last thought, GO PATS!

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