PHOENIX -- The NFL is planting thousands of trees in Arizona
forests blackened by wildfires to help offset greenhouse gas
emissions from the Super Bowl in February.
The league also will power University of Phoenix Stadium and the
adjacent NFL theme park with clean energy sources, from New Mexico
wind turbines to California geothermal plants.
"If creating a mess is part of our business plan, then cleaning
it up needs to be part of the model as well," Jack Groh, director
of the NFL Environmental Program, told the Arizona Republic.
"Greenhouse gas obviously causes damage to the environment, and we
need to be responsible."
But some say the league isn't doing enough.
While the reforestation effort will offset the 350 tons of
greenhouse gas produced by the NFL's 3,000- vehicle
ground-transportation fleet, the program fails to account for air
travel by NFL staff, teams and the thousands of fans who will fly
into the Phoenix area during Super Bowl week. The game will be
played in nearby Glendale.
"It'd be nice to do something with air travel," said Gary
Deason, acting director for Northern Arizona University's Center
for Sustainable Environments. "At the same time, it's certainly a
lot better than not doing anything."