The NFL partners with several charities and programs to help give back to the fans who have made it the most popular sport in the nation, and over the last several years, it has made going green a top initiative.
MetLife Stadium is the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, and in 2015, it was voted the most sustainable sports stadium on the planet. As such, it’s the standard for the green NFL, thanks to features like…
The stadium was built in 2010, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so that it could reduce energy, water and waste production across all operations.
Other stadiums have taken similar steps to reduce their footprint. Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, acquires 85% of its water from recycled sources and 78% of its food from suppliers within 150 miles of the stadium.
Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field generates 100% of its electricity on-site, and prides itself on being a “zero-waste” facility.
Soldier Field, in Chicago, has also taken steps to lower operating costs, conserve energy and water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Even the NFL headquarters has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification, after a move to Manhattan in 2011.
It’s not enough for the NFL to initiate green practices if those practices aren’t sustainable, and supply chain management is the solution to sustainability. There are well-tested strategies to supply chain sustainability, and the NFL has exemplified each of them thus far.
The NFL, and all other major North American sports, are seen as trendsetters in big business. But “trends” are fleeting. The NFL wants to be an agent for positive change and beneficial influence, and they’re making a difference by going green and sustaining their efforts with supply chain management.