Due to the growing concern of climate change, many individuals, families, communities, politicians, and business leaders are searching for endeavours that can reduce their respective carbon footprints. There are several approaches that can be attempted in order to slow the effects of climate change and to personally reduce one’s carbon output. Donations to wildlife foundations, recycling, and planting trees are some of many options people have opted for in the past, and are all commendable options. But the truth remains that with the current energy demand of our global community, coupled with the guarantee for growth, we need to further the advancement of clean energy production in order to truly reduce the global carbon output. This is largely the justification for the current push by many to phase away from the reliance on fossil fuels to provide power to their homes, businesses, and communities.
From Pyongyang, North Korea to Ann Arbor, Michigan our planet is littered with sports stadiums holding capacities as high as 250,000 people. These buildings have typically been developed as extraordinary energy hogs, as the opulence attached to the sporting events and concerts that occupy these buildings are as much a part of the experience as the events themselves. As a result of this need for flash, dollars are beings spent at a rapid rate in order to operate the 60 yard jumbotrons, the colorful fireworks that follow a game winning touchdown, and the cooking equipment that keeps your hot dog tasting fresh. To answer the question, exactly how much energy does one of these stadiums use? We will use the new Cowboys home field, AT&T Stadium as a case study.