Special Report

The Most Eco-Friendly Teams in the NFL

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13. Indianapolis Colts (tied)
> Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 3

Lucas Oil Stadium is an indoor stadium with a retractable roof and built in an architectural style that makes it look like an enormous fieldhouse. The stadium is equipped with a smart lighting system and overhead fans which allow it to stabilize temperature and minimize energy loss. Low flow toilets and a recycling program help to maintain a smaller footprint, and the retractable roof can reduce lighting and cooling costs if the weather permits.

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13. Pittsburgh Steelers (tied)
> Stadium: Heinz Field
> Stadium ranking: Tier 3

Heinz Field opened in 2001 to replace the aging Three Rivers Stadium. It sits picturesquely across the water from downtown Pittsburgh and has implemented several measures to be more sustainable. The building has separate HVAC and plumbing systems which allows it to maximize energy efficiency. There are also smart LED lighting systems as well as several electric car charging stations.

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13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (tied)
> Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 3

Raymond James Stadium has served as the site of several Super Bowls including the most recent one where the Buccaneers became the first home team to win the Super Bowl. Significant controversy surrounded the stadium when it was first constructed in 1998 as it was entirely paid for by the public. These days it has been upgraded significantly and now has solar panels and an efficient lighting system.

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13. Washington Football Team (tied)
> Stadium: FedEx Field
> Stadium ranking: Tier 3

FedEx field is home to the Washington Football Team and famous for its intense and loud environment. The stadium added 8,000 solar panels and 10 electric vehicle charging stations. Most noteworthy, they have a 30-foot tall statue of a football player made of fully functioning solar panels. Besides football the stadium has been used by both the United States and El Salvadoran national soccer teams.

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6. Dallas Cowboys (tied)
> Stadium: AT&T Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 2

AT&T Stadium was a cutting-edge behemoth when it opened in 2009. Its jumbotron is still one of the biggest television screens ever created. Powering such a monstrosity, especially in the Texas heat can be very energy intensive. Officials have implemented a green energy plan which allows the facility to run more efficiently.

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