To make Super Bowl XLIII greener, the National Football League's Environmental Program will plant thousands of trees in the Tampa Bay area, power the stadium with renewable energy and buy carbon offsets to balance out travel by the teams and NFL officials.
Making your own Super Bowl shindig green doesn't have to be quite so complicated. In fact, simply by changing the type of beer you quaff, you can improve your bash's eco-friendliness. From organic craft beers to environmentally friendly efforts by the likes of Anheuser-Busch (Stock Quote: BUD)
The highly lauded beers come from a very eco-friendly company. Full Sail has reduced its energy use and water consumption by compressing its workweek into four 10-hour shifts, installing energy efficient lighting and air compressors and putting in a hot water recovery system. The brewery purchases wind power each month, reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 168 tons. Managers also work closely with local farmers, buying the majority of their hops and barley from Northwest farms and using the grain and yeast left over from the brewing process as feed for dairy cows.
Portland, Maine's Peak Organic Brewing Co. has gone a step beyond using organic ingredients. The brewery's Maple Oat Ale is made with local ingredients, including organic oats from Maine and organic maple syrup from Vermont. Peak's Espresso Amber Ale is the first Fair Trade-certified beer and is made with locally roasted, organic Fair Trade-certified espresso from Portland's Coffee by Design.