UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM, BIG RED GO GREEN
Every Arizona Cardinals Home Game Will Be Powered By Clean, Renewable Energy from SRP
GLENDALE, Ariz. (August 11, 2010) University of Phoenix and Salt River Project are teaming up to power every Arizona Cardinals home football game this season with 100 percent renewable energy.
The Cardinals will be one of only a few NFL teams to play in a green-powered facility during the 2010 season. For each of the Cardinals’ eight regular-season home games and two pre-season home games, SRP’s EarthWise Energy program will provide 113,500 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy purchased by University of Phoenix. The renewable energy will offset electricity used in University of Phoenix Stadium -- from the concession stands to the parking lot lighting to the scoreboards. This amount of electricity, 1,135,000 kilowatt-hours over the course of 10 games, is comparable to what 60 average homes in the Valley will use annually.
“University of Phoenix has a long-term commitment to sustainability and the environment,” said Dr. William Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix. “Offsetting the electricity use with clean, renewable energy at University of Phoenix Stadium during every home game this year will have a lasting impact on the environment.”
University of Phoenix Stadium’s green efforts started in early 2008, when the electricity needed to power Super Bowl XLII and the accompanying NFL Experience was generated from 100 percent renewable energy resources through SRP’s EarthWise Energy program. Additionally, University of Phoenix purchased renewable energy credits to power the Cardinals’ home game versus the San Francisco 49ers on November 11, 2008.
“SRP commends the University of Phoenix for continuing to support green energy,” said Lori Singleton, SRP Manager of Sustainable Initiatives and Technologies. “By providing renewable energy to offset the electricity used to power the games, they are also educating the public about the value of investing in clean energy.”
Additionally, stadium operator Global Spectrum, in partnership with Sierra Waste,the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), implemented a recycling program at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006, consisting of placing containers to collect products for recycling on every level in the stadium, in club lounges and corporate lofts, and even provides recycling plastic bags for tailgaters.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of May 31, 2010, 476,500 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.
Salt River Project is the largest provider of power to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 940,000 electricity customers, and is also the nation's third-largest public power utility provider.