October 2016

Our Green Mission


About us

  • The University of Phoenix Stadium is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • The stadium generates 120 tons of recycled trash each year.
  • The stadium currently recycles glass and plastic bottles. This is primarily done for NFL games and all major stadium events. The stadium has designated containers to capture these articles on all public levels.
  • The stadium leases a cardboard compactor which the stadium uses for all paper products, and is in use for all stadium functions.
  • The stadium also provides special blue trash cans in every office for paper recycling. The liners are reused and disposed of as needed.
  • The stadium has a program to dispose of all used lights bulbs and other electrical equipment with out trash hauler, Sierra Waste.
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Energy Saving LED Sports Lights

  • The first NFL game to be played under LED light was on September 21, 2014 when the Arizona Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium. 
  • The University of Phoenix Stadium replaced 780 metal halide fixtures with 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures. 
  • As a result of the reduced fixture count, over 20,000 pounds of weight was taken out of the catwalks.
  • The Ephesus system requires 310,000 watts of energy to power as compared to the previous system at 1.24 million watts.
  • The reduced wattage coupled with the lightened load on the air conditioning system, elimination of lighting system maintenance and added efficiency creates an estimated 75% reduction in overall sports lighting energy consumption.
  • The light measured on the field nearly doubled to 277 foot candles.
  • Ephesus fixtures continue to maintain 90% of their original out after 10-years with no maintenance as compared to metal halide bulbs degrade by 40% in 18-months.
  • All Ephesus Lighting fixtures are manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A.
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Event days/How it works

  • Like other NFL and college stadiums, tailgating is a big part of our game day experience. Guests are given complimentary recyclable bags for disposal of recyclable materials. Our waste management contractor, Sierra Waste will monitor parking lots and remove all of the recyclable materials and dispose them in the designated recycling dumpsters.
  • Our Operations crew will pull full recyclable containers (located on main concourse and upper terrace) and place them with new liners, then place recyclable bags into the recycling dumpster.
  • Our food and beverage provider is Rojo Hospitality. They assist us in our recycling efforts by breaking down all cardboard boxed from concession areas, and transport the piles to the cardboard compactor. They also transport all glass and plastic containers generated from the club level and concourse level pouring locations to the recycling dumpster.
  • Our Operations crew collects recyclable materials from the stadium suites as well. These materials are collected from specific containers in each suite and placed into a recyclable tilt truck, then transported to a recycling dumpster.
  • Our Operations crew also checks all plaza gates and stadium groups, and collects recyclable materials from specific recycling containers located in these areas. The materials transported to the recycling dumpster.
  • Our compactor crew leader oversees the proper disposal of recyclable materials.
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Green products and cleaning operations

  • The stadium's pest control company, Steritech, uses 100% "Green" products in all service and pest control applications.
  • 10% of our seating is made from recycled plastic.
  • We use "Green" friendly cleaning products including hand soap, all cleaning solutions, microfiber mops and rags which preserve water.
  • We use source reduction in our plastic trash can liners, with the thinnest mil required. We also dump "dry" cans, reusing liners when possible.
  • We use a system of deep cleaning on our concrete area called Hydro-Scrubbing. This system power scrubs and vacuums, using approximately 25% of the water used during power washing, mopping etc.
  • We use "Green" products for all toilet tissue and hand towels in our restrooms.
  • Our stadium is set up to be water eco-friendly. We have installed dual flush water saving handles in our most utilized restrooms. Throughout the rest of the facility, we have a 1.2 GPF (Gallons Per Flush) urinals and 1.6 GPF toilets.
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  • To gain certification as a qualified Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Operations and Maintenance facility (LEEDS O&M).
  • To dispose of paper and cardboard from offices and warehouse areas on a daily basis.
  • To collect recyclable containers on the concourses during events.
  • To empty full recyclable containers on the concourses during events.
  • To remove all recyclable trash from permanent and portable concession stands, concourse recyclable containers, and suites after events.
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Steps the stadium is taking to be more "Green"

  • We have taken initiative throughout the facility to curtail all unnecessary usage of lighting and electrical equipment during dark or non event days by turning off lights in unused areas, walk in freezers, and other items that use power.
  • We have installed automatic door closers on unmanned external garage doors.
  • We have constructed a steel ramp, at the dock, to provide alternative access to the facility to avoid opening and closing our mail "elephant" type garage doors at the main stadium load in entry area.
  • We have installed 503 motion sensor lighting controls in all appropriate areas including: restrooms, offices, storage areas etc.
  • We are working with Rojo Hospitality, the stadium's concessionaire, during the off season to turn off all seldom used electrical equipment such as walk-in coolers, freezers etc.
  • We monitor real time electrical usage with out local power company to coordinate peak and low peak demand hours. This provides us a guide to optimum usage times, and how to avoid excessive use demand costs.
  • We have purchased bicycles to ride in the facility as an alternate to electric or gas powered carts.
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What the stadium recycles

  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Chipboard (like cereal and shoe boxes)
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Phone Books
  • Printing and Writing Paper
  • Junk Mail (envelopes, flyers, etc)
  • Pamphlets, Brochures, file folders, card stock, etc.
  • All Game Day Programs
  • Glass
  • Plastic Bottles
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