The Greening of FOX Sports Super Bowl XLII

    FEATURE

    A Cool Change for FOX Sports

    This season, FOX Sports and the NFL are comitted to reducing the environmental impact associated with the production of Super Bowl XLII. FOX and the NFL have started implementing energy-saving initiatives across all elements of production, including reducing the energy required to produce the event, using more fuel-efficient transportation, and working with business partners, suppliers, and vendors to use and promote more sustainable fuels.

    A Super Bowl Guide to Smart Energy Use

    Reducing Waste and lowering energy bills makes sense no matter which team you’re rooting for during the big game. Here’s a Super Bowl fan’s guide to making smart energy choices this February and beyond.

    New England Partriots

    All season long, the Patriots have thrived on big plays. If you can go the distance, here are some ideas for high-impact changes you can make to save energy and money, and to benefit the environment:

    • Swap out your incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient models. Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) last about ten times longer than their incandescent counterparts and can save 30 bucks or more in electricity bills over the bulb’s lifetime.
    • When buying new electronics, look for items with an “Energy Star” certification. This U.S. EPA and U.S. Dept. of Energy stamp of approval means that the appliance has been checked for energy efficiency.
    • Cozy up. Putting on a sweater instead of turning up your heat a couple degrees during the winter can cut down your energy bill significantly. For each degree you turn down your thermostat, you save 2% in energy costs.
    • Install a programmable thermostat. By automatically lowering the temperature when you’re sleeping or away, a programmable thermostat can save you the effort of having to manually change the temperature–that and about $100 a year.
    • Insulate your home. If you spend a little up front to keep your house well insulated, you won’t have to crank up the thermostat nearly as high when the temperature drops.
    • Installing storm windows can cut heat loss by up to 50% in most homes. Like insulation, the costs of storm windows may be high initially, but they will be paid back with gas savings in the course of a year or two.

    New York Giants

    FOX Sports and the NFL have taken a number of steps this year to reduce the energy use and environmental impact of the Super Bowl. We’re excited about our progress, but we recognize this is the just the start and there’s much more to do. Read on for more detail.

    Not only is The Big Apple one of the best sports cities in the country, it’s also one of the most energy efficient. Here are some energy-saving tips you can take from New York City’s playbook:

    • Even during those short winter days, try to use natural light in your home wherever possible.
    • Kill “vampire” power. Approximately 5% of energy use from our appliances happens when we’re not even using them. Try unplugging common household appliances like phone chargers when they aren’t in use to cut out this standby power waste.
    • It’s well known that taking public transportation is good for the environment. But even if you don’t live near the subway, think about taking trains and buses for longer trips.
    • If you’re driving, there are a number of things you can do to get better gas mileage. Regularly scheduled maintenance to your car from a professional, or even just checking your tire pressure once in a while, can do wonders for your vehicle. If you’re going over to a friend’s house to watch the game, try carpooling with people in your area.
    • Watching the game in big groups is always more fun–and it’s good for the environment, too. Save electricity and heating by meeting up at a friend’s house or catching the game at a local bar or restaurant.
    • If you’re in the market for a new car, consider a hybrid vehicle. You’ll get better gas mileage and save money on fuel.

    On-Site Production

    • The 2008 event will require 22 percent fewer production trucks and 50 percent fewer trailers than previous Super Bowls.
    • All generators will run on bio-diesel of at least B20 standard.
    • Power from renewable sources has been procured for the hotels where guests and talent will be staying.
    • The NFL has sourced renewable energy from the Salt River Project for the University of Phoenix Stadium and the NFL Experience Football Theme Park located nearby.

    Transportation

    • The FOX Networks Group has obtained approximately 120 hybrid rental cars through EV Rental Cars to transport staff and crew.
    • Guest motor coaches will run on bio-diesel, and crews will be encouraged to use shuttle vans and busses and to carpool to minimize vehicle use.
    • In order to minimize its trucking needs, FOX is using local vendors and suppliers whenever possible and has been working with vendors to combine contents into fewer shipments.

    Working With Partners

    • Decor, building, and office suppliers have partnered with FOX and the NFL on collection, storage, and transport of materials to ensure most post-game materials are reused.
    • Signs and banners for the event will be printed with eco-friendly inks on recycled, biodegradable materials.
    • FOX has asked vendors and suppliers when possible to ensure that supplies are not over-packaged and to take back excess packaging for reuse.

    Other NFL Intiatives

    • Leftover decorative materials, building materials, office supplies and other reusable items will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.
    • Urban forestry projects that sponsor tree planting on seven public school campuses are scheduled for the week preceding the Super Bowl at schools throughout the Phoenix area.

    Offsetting Our Unavoidable Travel Emissions

    News Corp., FOX Sports’ parent company, invested in renewable energy projects that reduced an amount of carbon from the atmosphere equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with the air travel for the FOX group to and from the Super Bowl. These carbon offsets come from a portfolio of wind energy projects in India and have been verified by an independent expert third party and certified under the Voluntary Carbon Standard.