MetLife Stadium Sets Industry Precedent for Green Initiatives
Stadium Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency as Leading Venue in
Carbon, Energy, Water and Solid Waste Reduction
On June 1, 2009, MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Football Giants and New York Jets, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing a number of green initiatives that would reduce its carbon footprint and further improve our planet’s environment.
The original goals first established in the agreement and met throughout the Stadium’s development include:
- Using some 40,000 tons of recycled steel to build the Stadium and recycling 20,000 tons of steel and 30,000 tons of recyclable concrete when the old Stadium was demolished;
- About 50% of the concrete was used to backfill the excavation left behind by the demolition of Giants Stadium. The other 50% was used as sub-base material in nearby roadway projects.
- The construction waste removed from the project site was 83% recyclable. This significantly exceeded the project goal of 70%.
- Installing seating made partially from recycled plastic and scrap iron;
- Building the stadium on a parcel of rehabilitated land, a former brownfield;
- Reducing air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and shortening how long engines idle;
- Using environmentally-friendly concrete in construction;
- Reducing water consumption and increasing energy efficiency;
- Providing mass transit options for fans
The Stadium opened its doors in April 2010, and in July 2011, a little more than two years after signing the MOU and publicly committing to a series of eco-friendly practices, MetLife Stadium released its first assessment report, which outlined the venue’s vast success and officially sanctions the Stadium as a leader in green construction and operation. The Stadium continues to work with the EPA, reporting yearly on sustainable initiatives as it relates to the operation of the building.
This partnership with the EPA has resulted in reducing energy, water and solid waste production across its entire operations, including the use of aggressive recycling programs, low flow faucets, toilets and waterless urinals in rest rooms, food composting, and mass transit alternatives.
Most notable among the findings in the 2013 report, due to its collective, widespread efforts, the Stadium reduced its carbon footprint by 234,834 MTCO2e (Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent).
The reduction of 234,834 MTCO2e is equivalent to any one of the following:
- Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 48,924 vehicles
- Carbon dioxide emission from 26,326,682 gallons of gasoline
- Carbon dioxide emission from 546,126 barrels of oil consumed
- Carbon dioxide emission from the energy use of 12,086 homes for one year
- Carbon dioxide emissions from 9,784,750 propane tanks used for home barbeques
- Carbon dioxide emission from gasoline carried by 3,097 tanker trucks
- Carbon dioxide emission from burning 1,009 railcars worth of coal (more than 15 ¼ miles long)
Additional Green Accomplishments
- Increased Parking Lot recyclable collection from 152 tons (2012) to 188 tons (2013).
- Lowered trash collection from 775 tons (2012) to 718 tons (2013)
Composting MetLife Stadium collaborates with its food service provider, Delaware North Sportservice, to maintain an active composting program.
- In 2013, the Stadium composted 195 tons of waste; up from 153 tons in 2012
- Additional composting bins were provided in the concession areas and pantries.
- Composting includes additional post-event separation in the Stadium seating bowl.
Recycling /Comingled Materials
- Increase in Stadium recycling to 33% in 2012, compared with 29% in 2011
- In 2012, comingled recycling increased by 19% from 2011.
- The Stadium expanded its recycling efforts outside the Stadium into the parking lots at the start of the 2012 football season. By the end of 2012, 152.16 tons of recycled materials were pulled from the Stadium’s waste stream.
By implementing some very innovative energy management strategies, MetLife Stadium has been able to reduce electric consumption in each of its first three years of operation:
- 16.21% decrease in energy and utility usage in 2011 (compared to 2010 usage).
- 1.75% decrease in energy and utility usage in 2012 (compared to 2011 usage).
In 2012, MetLife Stadium partnered with NRG Solar, LLC to install a Solar Ring (Solar Panels) above the catwalk of the Stadium. Project highlights:
- 47 Frames, 1350 BIPV Panels (79,800 PV cells), 24 inverters, 916 LED Fixtures (31,356 lamps)
- System Size: 314.3 kW DC / 276 kW AC
- The Solar Ring can generate 350,000 kW hours of electricity annually; equivalent to...
- Taking 53 cars off the road each year
- Powering 34 average residential homes per year
- Saving 30,478 gallons of gasoline each year
- Saving 632 barrels of oil per year
- Saving 11,328 cylinders of propane per year
- Saving 1.5 railcars of coal per year
Certified Green Restaurant ®
In January of 2014, MetLife Stadium became the world’s first Certified Green Restaurant® stadium in the world, meeting the rigorous environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association. All of MetLife Stadium's 200+ foodservice operations achieved 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant® status, in time to make Super Bowl XLVIII the first to have all Certified Green Restaurants®. The Green Restaurant Association worked with Delaware North Companies Sportservice to achieve 61 different environmental measures at MetLife Stadium.
The most notable green restaurant accomplishments include:
- All waste kitchen oil is being converted to biodiesel fuel
- Composting all kitchen scraps
- Donating all leftover food
- Recycling cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper
- Use of ENERGY STAR equipment
- Installation of waterless urinals, touchless sensor faucets, ½ gallon faucet aerators, and low water landscaping
- Eliminating all polystyrene foam containers
Team Owners John Mara, Steve Tisch (New York Giants) and Robert Wood Johnson IV (New York Jets) honored by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) in 2013 as leaders in the professional sports’ greening movement and their commitment to building and operating a sustainable stadium.
- Named the “Greenest Stadium” in the NFL in 2009 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- “Outstanding Achievement in Recycling” by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
- Member of the Green Sports Alliance.
MetLife Stadium continues to work with the EPA, reporting yearly on sustainable initiatives as it relates to the operation of the building.