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Green Gridiron Stadiums

Apogee Stadium Aims for Carbon Neutrality in all 31,000 Seats

— November 8, 2011 — Eco
Setting an example for the wide-eyed students roaming through their halls, administrators at the University of North Texas decided to erect an entirely eco-friendly amphitheatre known as Apogee Stadium. A fitting name, suffice it to say.

Just how green can a stadium seating 31,000 people really be, though? For starters, the university built three wind turbines which will effectively eliminate the typical 323 metric tons of CO2 that the campus produces each year. Moreover, Apogee Stadium has been landscaped with native plants, has been renovated to preserve open spaces and storm water runoffs to recycle water. Even the construction of Apogee was green: 20% of the materials were made from recycled sources, while another 47% were built locally! Never before has the act of relaxing and watching a football game been so environmentally friendly! It's no wonder the UTM team's name is the Mean Greens.
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