“MetLife Stadium” the greenest Super Bowl ever – How can it become the first Certified Green Restaurant® stadium in the world?
Although it only got a score of “2” (out of 4) from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), MetLife, with over 200 on-site restaurants serving up to 100,000 people in a day, is first stadium in the world to meet its rigorous standards.
Top Grossing Stadium in the World
MetLife Stadium is a stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. In the spring of 2010, this stadium opened its doors as the first building owned and operated by two teams of the National Football League (NFL), the New York Jets and New York Football Giants. It is adjacent to the site of the former Giants Stadium, which was home to the Giants from 1976 until December 2009 and the Jets from 1984 until January 2010. Each year, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games (twice as many as any other NFL Stadium), major concerts and entertainment events, college sporting events, international soccer matches, motor sports, and family shows.
What is Green Restaurant®?
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) has been certifying restaurants for the past two decades. Green Restaurant® 4.0 provides a comprehensive and user-friendly method of rewarding existing restaurants and foodservice operations, new builds, and events with points in each of the GRA’s Seven Environmental Categories : Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Sustainable Furnishings and Building Materials, Sustainable Food, Energy, Disposables and Chemical and Pollution Reduction.
How can MetLife Stadium meet the rigorous standards?
At the beginning of this year (2014), MetLife Stadium has been certified by GRA. Although it only got a score of 2 out of 4, but it is the first stadium in the world that gets this certification. How can it meet these rigorous standards? Notably, all the waste kitchen oil will be converted into biodiesel fuel and all food scraps will be composted. Leftover food will be donated and materials such as plastic, glass, aluminum and paper will be recycled. Waterless urinals, touchless sensor faucets, ½ gallon faucet aerators, and low water landscaping will be installed. No polystyrene foam containers will be used. And Energy Star equipment will be used to make all the food.
The greenest Super Bowl ever
In 2009, MetLife Stadium was named the “Greenest Stadium” in the NFL by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and on June 1, 2009, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing a number of green initiatives that would reduce its carbon footprint and further improve our planet’s environment. The original goals first established in the agreement and met throughout the Stadium’s development include :
- Using some 40,000 tons of recycled steel to build the Stadium and recycling 20,000 tons of steel and 30,000 tons of recyclable concrete when the old Stadium was demolished;
- About 50% of the concrete was used to backfill the excavation left behind by the demolition of Giants Stadium. The other 50% was used as sub-base material in nearby roadway projects;
- The construction waste removed from the project site was 83% recyclable. This significantly exceeded the project goal of 70%;
- Installing seating made partially from recycled plastic and scrap iron;
- Building the stadium on a parcel of rehabilitated land, a former brownfield;
- Reducing air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and shortening how long engines idle;
- Using environmentally-friendly concrete in construction;
- Reducing water consumption and increasing energy efficiency;
- Providing mass transit options for fans.
In July 2011, a little more than two years after signing the MOU and publicly committing to a series of eco-friendly practices, MetLife Stadium released its first assessment report, which outlined the venue’s vast success and officially sanctions the Stadium as a leader in green construction and operation. The Stadium continues to work with the EPA, reporting yearly on sustainable initiatives as it relates to the operation of the building. This partnership with the EPA has resulted in reducing energy, water and solid waste production across its entire operations, including the use of aggressive recycling programs, low flow faucets, toilets and waterless urinals in rest rooms, food composting, and mass transit alternatives.
This is an example justified that sport can go green. And according to Jack Groh, Director of the NFL Environmental Program, “Being a Certified Green Restaurant® Stadium tells the fans that this stadium and its food service partners are committed to doing things in a way that is efficient and sustainable.”