Pro Bowl Goes Green

Donna Lum
Donna Lum

HONOLULU (KHNL) - In previous years, the Pro Bowl has been environmentally friendly by recycling.

But this is the first time it's really going green.

Paul Kay visiting from San Diego, thinks it's a great idea. He plans to attend the game with his family.

"I'm hoping that they all come so that's going to be about 8 more people with us," said Paul Kay, football fan. "And you're going to have to figure that's one full trash can full."

Much of it will be bottles and cans. That's why the NFL encourages football fans to recycle as much as they can.

On game day, tailgaters will be asked to place their cans and bottles in specially marked bags and then leave the bags behind their vehicles. Volunteers will collect the bags during the game.

The NFL will also donate unserved food to local shelters. And many of the signs and banners you see, will be used again next year. It's all part of a green partnership between the NFL, the Environmental Protection Agency and local officials.

This effort also teaches students at Jarrett Middle School an important lesson. They plant trees to offset the climate impact of Pro Bowl events.

"And I think the significance in being a part of their community and giving back their gifts to the school is just as important as the learning that takes place in our classroom," said Donna Lum, principal.

"I mean the world we live in is so anti-environmental, it's crazy. And for something to grow out of everything we've been through, it's great," said Wayne Hunter, offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The NFL is also donating unused office supplies, like papers and pens to local non-profit groups.

Organizers say these programs became a hit at the Superbowl and they hope for the same kind of success here.