Whoo Hoo! We are still flying from the Seattle Seahawks victory at the Super Bowl and the frigid but exhilarating parade to welcome them back to Seattle. What an amazing week!

In addition to being thrilled that Seattle excelled like never before, we were excited to learn that this year’s Super Bowl is being touted as one of the National Football League’s greenest ever – largely because of the green features of the hosting stadium.

According to an article in the Daily Journal of Commerce, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey includes an array of sustainable features such as low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, solar panels, synthetic turf, and native plants. Additionally, care was taken during construction to make sure that much of the waste (2,314 tons to be exact) was diverted from landfill and 82% of the total waste was recycled. Their water use is down by 25% compared to the old stadium and their carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 23,000 homes per year.

A sustainable “lifestyle” begins with thoughtful decison-making and ends with a vibrant efficient solution. The decision to “go green” certainly made a difference for MetLife Stadium, the impact on the people of New Jersey, and the planet – just an example of simple changes making an enormous difference.