INFOGRAPHIC: Green Impact of Super Bowl XLVI

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The NFL has been investing in environmental programs for nearly two decades. And this year’s Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and New York Giants will be no exception.

Super Bowl XLVI will be powered by 15 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy, provided by Green Mountain Energy Company. Sourcing game-day power from renewables avoids more than 29 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, according to Green Mountain Energy.

The green energy firm will also offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with both teams’ travels, install a residential solar array and plant 1,700 trees in urban Indianapolis – the home of this year’s big game.

Other green initiatives planned for Super Bowl Sunday include recycling, prepared food recovery, materials donations and Super Kids Super Sharing – a sports equipment and book donation project, the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee said.

To do your part to offset the carbon emissions of Super Bowl Sunday, join the 1st & Green challenge – a Web-based program offered by the Host Committee to educate fans about recycling, saving energy and reducing water consumption. Simply log on to join the challenge, and you may be recognized on the Super Bowl Village Stage.

For more information about the environmental impact of Super Bowl XLVI, check out the infographic below.

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Infographic by Green Mountain Energy Company

Homepage Image: Flickr/ElvertBarnes

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