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Workers install a studio for ESPN in Herald Square, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in New York. A dozen blocks of Broadway, in the heart of Manhattan, will close to traffic for four days so the NFL can host a Super Bowl festival. The NFL's championship game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is Sunday, Feb. 3 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Mark Lennihan)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gives a thumbs-up as he leaves team's headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Renton, Wash., to board a bus for his flight to play the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox watches during NFL football practice at the team's training facility in Englewood, Colo., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (Ed Andrieski)
Super Bowl will be coldest, could also be greenest
First outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl could be 'greenest' as well

Posted on Jan. 26, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League is hoping its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl is also its greenest.

Since the mid-1990s, the league has been trying to gradually reduce the carbon footprint left behind by the Big Game. For next Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium, it has undertaken a host of initiatives.

Thousands of trees have been planted to offset carbon emissions, and the league sponsored recycling events that collected several tons of used computers, cellphones and other gadgets.

On game day, about seven or eight tons of food waste will be composted at MetLife Stadium, and unused food will be donated to food pantries. Generators on-site and at New York’s Super Bowl Boulevard at Times Square will be powered by a biodiesel fuel mix processed from cooking oil waste.