The short answer, yes! (long answer to follow…)
Opening day for the 2012-2013 NFL season is only 35 days away. Can you believe it? It seems like just last week we were hosting some 150,000 visitors in what some media outlets such as Forbes and The Huffington Post were calling one of the best Super Bowl site ever.
But before we begin the discussion about Indianapolis’ bid for the 2018 Super Bowl, let’s take a look back at some of the numbers that you may not be aware of. The trash numbers. Now, recycling & Indy may not be one of the happy marriages you first think of. But take a look at these figures provided by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee’s Sustainability Report, and see if you aren’t at least mildly impressed. After all, its easy to pat the back of the party planners when you don’t have to stay and help clean up!
- 2,888 trees planted through the 2,012 Trees by 2012 program.
- 1,402,681 pounds of CO2 emissions reduced through the 1st & Green program.
- 2,555,754 gallons of water saved through 1st & Green.
- 65 environmental projects completed by Green Corps members throughout Indiana.
- 49,185 pounds of electronics collected for recycling by RecycleForce.
- 32 IndyParks parks and trails cleaned and refurbished during the Super City Clean & Green day.
- 32,987 items collected during the NFL’s Super Kids-Super Sharing event, including 19,276 books, 3,557 pieces of sports equipment, and 10,154 school supplies.
- 181 boxes of clothing were donated to Goodwill Indy by Super Bowl volunteers.
- 357 pairs of new shoes were donated to Samaritan’s Feet by Super Bowl volunteers.
- 46,000 pounds of prepared food was recovered by Second Helpings.
- More than five miles of decorative materials were recovered and donated.
- 15,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy were donated by Green Mountain Energy to offset the energy usage at Lucas Oil Stadium and other Super Bowl venues.
- Two tons of food was collected from the JW Marriott’s main kitchen for composting.
Super Bowl Recycling Total for January 23 – February 9, 2012: 144.03 tons
- 25.01 tons of aluminum
- 15.31 tons of PET plastics
- 24.24 tons of glass
- 72.67 tons of cardboard
- 6.8 tons of other plastics
The U.S. EPA’s Materials Management Branch calculated that the recyclables collected reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 500 tons.
After looking at these figures, its easy to see that Indianapolis was a winner on multiple fronts. Not only did the Big Game bring in an estimated $150 million boost to our city’s bottom line, but we did it in a sustainable & eco-friendly manner, while also helping out those who are less fortunate.
Here’s to 2018!