Saturday, August 18, 2012

Superbowl 2013

The NFL Superbowl this coming year is scheduled to take place February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, 
home of the New Orleans Saints.

I live in New Orleans now.  This is a huge event that will not only be high in consumption but high in reach.  By consumption I am referring to energy, water, food, tangibles, etc.  By reach I am referring to the amount of publicity and attendance that the event and the stadium will receive.  I can't very well let an opportunity like this go to waste!

Photo from GeoEye
I emailed members of the 2012 New Orleans Superbowl Host Committee to inquire about what they were planning in order to make sure that this year's event was environmentally responsible.  Turns out that the committee had already been talking with our Director at Global Green NOLA, so that was good news.  

Based on a response from the Committee's Director of Community Relations, it sounds like the environment has definitely been on their minds: "We have some major plans in the works to make sure this Super Bowl is the greenest ever.  Our environmental committee is working to develop carbon offset programs, repurposing programs, as well as tree/wetlands restoration programs."  I probably won't be able to be involved through Global Green, but I do hope that they take me up on my offer to help out as I definitely have some additional ideas-- for instance: waste reduction and diversion and education.  I'll look into the Superdome to see what practices they already have in place, with the environment being somewhat in focus in this city post-Katrina, I hope that they will impress me!