So I entertain myself in the melting Frozen Tundra with my Green Bowl. Which team is the eco-friendliest?
Who plays in the greenest zone?
Most polls rank the “greenness” of states and major cities. Finding stats on Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ is a challenge.
Massachusetts was recently named first in the nation for energy efficiency. Touchdown. For years, Boston has consistently makes top ten lists as an eco-friendly city. The extra point is good.
The Giants actually play in New Jersey, not exactly green Mecca. But if I apply Boston’s sparkling environmental standards to Foxborough, located 25 miles away, then I must do the same for East Rutherford, only 11 miles from New York City. Besides, it’s the NEW YORK Giants.
Touchdown AND a two-point conversion.
Which stadium is greener?
Giant’s MetLife Stadium teamed up with the EPA for the “largest carbon footprint reduction to date”. Projects include wetlands protection, water conservation and comprehensive recycling. Fans can access public transportation and community education.
Patriot’s Gillette Stadium gets an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown by collaborating with NRG to triple the amount of renewable solar power generated energy in their stadium. The project will be the “largest renewable power installations at a major sports venue in the United States”. If you love a good Power Point, check out Gillette Stadium’s green initiatives [.pdf].
…and the quarterbacks?
Considering he married a UN Environmental Ambassador, Tom Brady should win, right? Gisele Bundchen ensured their new 22,000 square foot mansion had all the eco-friendly amenities, including solar energy, rain harvesting systems, energy efficient appliances and sustainable building materials.
[Drag needle across record]
Excuse me? Did you say 22,000 square feet? Amended from the original plan because the couple didn’t think it was BIG enough?
Call me an eco-snob, but I expect more from the Best Green International Celebrity. I expect less. If environmental issues are a “passion”, she and her betrothed should be quite satisfied with 11,000 square feet, no?
An “eco-friendly” 22,000 square feet still creates a lot of energy TO conserve. Not to mention a huge amount of construction and habitat displacement.
Flag on the field. Fifteen yard penalty. And I eject Tom from the game to live in a tiny house for a year with Raven’s kicker, Billy Cundiff.
Now, Eli Manning might not receive the Global Environmental Citizen award. His charity goes to other causes. He DOES live in a humble 3,000 square foot condo that was an existing part of the Hudson Tea Building and recently remodeled it to include completely automated energy management systems.
And the winner is…
It seems the Giants win my “Green” Bowl. But I will call it a tie, no overtime to keep the peace with my good friends in New England territory. I sincerely give kudos to both teams for their efforts.
Thus, I declare the NFL the winner. As a for-profit with a diverse audience, they have made great strides promoting sustainable projects with teams, facilities and fans. Any big business waving that eco-rally towel deserves a shiny trophy in my make-believe game.
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