Super Bowl XLVII: Geaux Green

By Valerie Smock
2/1/2013 12:00:43 PM

The Super Bowl in New Orleans is trying to be the most sustainable ever and they are encouraging fans to be more eco-friendly. Valerie Smock has more on how to Geaux Green. Super Bowl XLVII takes place on February 3 and it's a big event. This game isn't just about football, people are battling to change the environment.

During Super Bowl 46, the NFL aimed at keeping things green. The wanted to tackle the carbon dioxide emissions caused by energy use at the six major Super Bowl facilities.

At Lucas Oil Stadium last year, the lights were accounted for by renewable energy certificates. Extra prepared food from Super Bowl XLVI events were collected for donation in partnership with Second Helpings, an Indianapolis-based non profit community kitchen and food rescue agency. They also took part in planting several thousand trees in local neighborhoods in partnership with the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful as part of the overall "greening" of Super Bowl XLVI.

This year, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions wants to launch an initiative and link the 2013 Super Bowl at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans with carbon emission reductions. The center is teaming up with Entergy Corporation, a New Orleans-based power company, for a Super Bowl energy-efficiency competition called Geaux Green.

How it works is first, you go to the Geaux Green website, where you can get information on local green groups in New Orleans, such as Bike Easy, which supplies Bike Valets to encourage people to bike to events. All you do is choose your favorite team and commit to a list of fairly easy-to-do energy efficiency measures. For example, you can chose to change out your light bulbs and switch off electronics when not in use.

By playing, you could win a grand prize of two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, but better yet, the big winner is the environment.