Not to be outdone by the green efforts of this year’s World Series champions, the New England Patriots have announced that they’ve signed a four-year agreement to purchase renewable energy credits to completely offset their game day electrical use at Gillette Stadium, whose regular consumption is enough to power 2,269 homes for a day. The Kraft Group, which owns the team, will purchase 2,400 megawatt hours of RECs from Maryland-based Constellation NewEnergy. According to the Green Power Partnership program, which was established back in 2001, 400,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy were purchased in the program’s first year. That figure has increased to 10 million megawatt hours this year (including those bought by the Pats, who are participating in the program). Gillette Stadium itself includes a wastewater treatment plant, and the Patriot Place mall that’s under construction adjacent to the stadium includes a white roof that’s designed to reduce the project’s energy requirements.
It’s, again, very difficult for us to post anything positive about a Boston sports team, and we’re obviously not rooting for the Patriots to advance in the NFL playoffs (or secure their perfect season in the last game of the year at Giants Stadium against Big Blue), but New England’s recent rise to prominence after years of embarrassing mediocrity gives the organization an effective platform from which to broadcast its sustainable message and set an environment-friendly example for other NFL franchises to follow. (For example, check out our recent post about the new shared, green stadium under construction in the New Jersey Meadowlands for the Giants and Jets.)
- Patriots to Put Green Power Into Play (Boston Globe)
- Red Sox Swing for the Green (gbNYC)
- Giants & Jets Meadowlands Stadium (gbNYC)