Super Bowl committee makes commitment to offset carbon, water consumption

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, many people are probably thinking more about lil’ smokies and bean dip than how much water they use when they brush their teeth. Still, there’s room in your game-day plans for a little conservation. Just look at 1st & Green, an Internet program developed by the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee to help offset carbon emissions and water consumption associated with the big game. On their homepage (, you can check their progress—and sign up to contribute to the total. Here are some of the factors they measure:

• Trees planted

• Miles traveled via carpool, public transport and bicycling

• Reusable water bottles filled

• Reusable shopping bags used

• Length of showers, teeth brushing

• Power usage