Since we did not get any men to sign up to become a tester for our FREE, full size natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and/or organic products in the last campaign, I decided to post something that most of them really care about...SPORTS. Well, sports is going "Green" if you did not know. Super Bowl XLV is today, so I decided to focus on the stadium were the two deserving football franchises are playing.
Dallas Cowboys Stadium teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make this stadium the first to gain recognition in the EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track Program. This means that the Dallas stadium has to meet every goal of saving energy, water, reducing waste, and reducing their carbon footprint.
Arlington mayor Dr. Robert Cluck was quoted in the website, www.Arlington.org, as saying “A massive building like this ‘going green’ is huge news across the city, the nation and the world. If we can be successful here on this high-profile project, others should be successful, too. I’m more interested in cleaning the air. I want everybody to get the message that we’re environmentally sensitive and we can clean the air and prevent diseases that are occurring because of dirty air. This is a great step in the right direction.”
In the design of the stadium only, they installed a retractable roof that allows nature light to lighten the stadium during the day, so power for lights are not needed. They also installed a permeable pavement that absorbs rainwater and the grass filters the rainwater so there was no need for underground drainage underneath the parking lot.
"Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knew that “going green” to help the environment would cost him some “green” – as in money – in the construction costs. But it was a financial burden he was willing to bear. Now he’s realizing that spending money to “go green” will save him money in the future on energy and water costs.
“We’ve certainly in our design anticipated savings on water,” notes Jones. “We think we’ll save a million gallons there. We’re spending $1.2 billion total here, so a figure of 1% (extra cost) is meaningless, really. If you start early enough in the design with your architect and have that mentality thru construction, you can design towards these kinds of savings. I would think we really minimized our cost because we got on it so early.”"
To learn more about other franchises/stadiums and their "Green" initiatives go here.