This month, just in time to host Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium received 2-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association. No other stadium in the world has achieved Certified Green Restaurant status.

The Super Bowl crowd will be able to choose from 200 places to eat at the stadium. Here are some of the 61 environmentally friendly measures taken to achieve certification, according to stadium organizers:

  • All waste kitchen oil will be converted to biodiesel fuel

  • Composting kitchen scraps

  • Donation of all leftover food

  • Recycling cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum and paper

  • Use of Energy Star equipment

  • Installation of waterless urinals, touchless sensor faucets, half-gallon faucet aerators and low-water landscaping

  • Elimination of all polystyrene foam containers

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The Green Restaurant Association started in 1990 with the goal of reducing restaurants’ harmful effects on the environment. MetLife Stadium kiosks and food courts were evaluated using a certification system with seven categories: energy, chemical and pollution reduction, food, waste, water, disposables and furnishings and building materials.

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More than just the food preparation is green: 40,000 tons of recycled steel went into the construction of the stadium, according to the building’s website. Recyclers took 84 percent of the stadium’s construction waste. A ring of solar panels encircle the building and provides electricity equal to 34 average homes’ annual use.

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