Fighting climate change may seem like a Hail Mary pass, but the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee is running a play, called Geaux Green, to tackle the emissions from the big game between the San Francisco 49′ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The Committee also developed a game plan for fans to block their own emissions from blitzing the planet's atmosphere.
The electricity used by the Superdome, team hotels and other Super Bowl related venues will total approximately 4,500 megawatts and make Earth the receiver of 3.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution. That gas release will be intercepted by the purchase of carbon credits at three different locations.
Super Bowl Carbon Defensive Line:
Denton Landfill Gas – This landfill in Texas captures the methane released by rotting garbage and uses it to power electricity generators.
Garcia River Forest – Nearly 24,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California lock carbon away in the structural materials of the trees.
Green Meadows Farm – The 3,000 cows of this farm in Michigan produce tons of manure. The methane produced by that poo as it putrefies is collected and used to run electricity generators.
Fans can get some anti-climate-change game time by buying carbon credits to offset the pollution footprint they create when going long to travel to New Orleans. The Geaux Green website provides fans a means of calculating their carbon pollution and buying credits to sack their emissions.
Armchair carbon quarterbacks can get in the game too. The Geaux Green website features a game in which fans can vote for which NFL team has the most environmentally friendly fans. Participants are encouraged to pledge to run eco-friendly plays, such as using fluorescent bulbs, carpooling or planting a tree.
Currently, football fans have pledged to save approximately 22,500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. New Orleans fans are proving to be saints by pledging the most so far. Denver Broncos supporters are in second for their efforts to buck global warming. Third place Packers fans are proving it isn't just their jerseys that are green.
IMAGE: The 2009 Baltimore Ravens (Tony the Tiger, Wikimedia Commons)