To be successful, NFL teams have to be aggressive on the field.

The Baltimore Ravens are also aggressively reducing the carbon footprint of their home, M&T Bank Stadium – and saving money in the process.

The Ravens have kicked off a series of energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction programs. The team began in 2005 by turning out the lights on days the stadium was not in use. Then they started turning off the refrigeration units as well. As the benefits grew, so did their motivation to find more ways to cut waste energy, for example, by installing Energy Star appliances. As a result, the stadium is now saving more than five million kilowatt hours a year.

The stadium has also reduced its water use by 43 percent by installing waterless urinals, and reduced its carbon pollution by encouraging staff and fans to use public and alternative transportation when attending events.

The Ravens were the first team in the NFL to earn LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council – for their leadership in energy and environmental design – showing that in the game changing world of sustainability, the Baltimore Ravens are flying high.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo source: U.S. Green Building Council.

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Diana Madson

Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...