This is a big day. The last Friday before the big game. Super Bowl XLIX gets underway in just over 48 hours. Here in the PNW, this is a big deal. We have flags flying, parades with hundreds of thousands of people, and our buildings are neon-lit blue and green.
This town loves it’s Seahawks. We are 12’s. And the Seahawks love us, too. But the passion the team has for this corner of the country doesn’t just end with the game. The Seahawks, along with the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Storm, Portland Trailblazers and Vancouver Canucks founded the Green Sports Alliance back in 2011.
Members of the GSA commit to reducing their environmental impact. They voluntarily formed the Alliance. That’s the Washington way. We lead. We innovate. And at CenturyLink field, it’s making a difference:
- Solar panels provide 30% of their energy
- Their concessions partner provides local food whenever possible to reduce transportation emissions
- 32% of 12’s use public transit to get to the stadium – and the team continues to encourage others to do the same
- In 2012, even though the stadium greeted more fans, it reduced its energy consumption by 12%
This is only the story from one stadium. This initiative has grown and now includes 269 total members. And it started here, in Washington. Let our community continue to lead the way through innovation, not taxation.