The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes five NFL stadiums for their progress in
energy efficiency and reducing waste associated with large venues.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy highlighted five NFL stadiums kicking off football season by making strides in energy efficiency.
The report recognizes MetLife Stadium, CenturyLink Field, Lincoln Financial Field, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and M&T Bank Stadium for their commitment to address energy and water challenges. These stadiums are some of the largest sport venues in America with millions of square feet in question. Because venues are a noted source of waste, even small improvements can make a huge environmental impact.
"These iconic stadiums are using the most innovative technologies and strategies today to save energy and water," Jason Hartke, contributor to the report, said in a recent press release.
Besides saving energy, reducing waste means reducing the bottom line. The featured stadiums all reported a reduction in energy and operation costs thanks to implementing energy efficient standards.
For example, MetLife Stadium uses LED lighting and 1,350 solar panels. The stadium consumes 30% less energy than the old Giants Stadium it replaced in 2010, despite being twice as a large. The stadium also uses energy efficient appliances and HVAC in its concession stands to reduce energy expenditure.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta tackles its unique geographical challenge of flooding by collecting 1 million gallons of rainwater through its runoff system. This water is used for irrigation and the stadium's cooling system.
These NFL stadiums have scored big on energy efficiency - and many hope that it can inspire others to do the same.
"They're not just demonstrating great leadership in efficiency, they're spreading the word to millions of people across the country," added Hartke.
To read about all of the listed NFL stadiums, visit the official report. To learn more about energy efficiency and how to get involved in this rapidly developing field, visit Zack Academy.