Playoff Green


Supporting a clean environment, the College Football Playoff practices a number of unique sustainability projects to “green” the national championship game and to encourage others in the college football family to do the same.


Playoff Green in Tampa Bay

  1. Solid Waste Recycling at major event venues including the Tampa Convention Center, site of Playoff Fan Central, and Raymond James Stadium, site of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
  2. Prepared Food Recovery from all championship weekend events that serve food to fans. Food that is cooked in the kitchens but never served will be recovered and fed to the hungry at the Feeding Tampa Bay food bank.
  3. Material Repurposing to keep material out of landfills. Construction materials, décor and other event materials are donated to local organizations that can reuse, recycle and remanufacture the materials to benefit the local community.
  4. Renewable Energy Certificates provide a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address our impact on climate change. Raymond James Stadium and the downtown Championship Campus will be powered through use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) provided by TECO/Tampa Electric.
  5. Gerdau Playoff Green Campus Challenge is an initiative to bring sustainability to local school campuses. Ten Hillsborough County schools will be challenged to implement a series of sustainability projects on their campus. Schools that successfully complete the Campus Challenge are awarded grants for school supplies and urban forestry projects.

Playoff Green in Arizona (2016)

  1. Solid Waste Recycling:
    • With support from ESPN Sustainability and a coalition of community groups and vendors, the College Football Playoff National Championship achieved a waste diversion rate of 91%, the highest recycling rate ever documented at University of Phoenix Stadium.
    • Over 350 CFP-branded recycling bins were provided in and around University of Phoenix Stadium.
    • Efforts in downtown Phoenix resulted in a waste diversion rate of 82%, a recycling rate that exceeded the published recycling rate for past large-scale events, while more than 21 tons of waste material were recycled and diverted from area landfills.
  2. Prepared Food Recovery:
    • Throughout the week, nearly 12,000 pounds of prepared food was recovered and taken to local soup kitchens and shelters, providing over 9,000 meals to people in need
  3. Material Repurposing:
    • In an effort to reduce waste transported to local landfills, leftover materials were recovered and repurposed. This included turf, carpeting, décor (fabric, vinyl, mesh), office supplies, merchandise, equipment and more.
    • Over 78,000 pounds of décor materials were donated to local organizations for reuse and repurposing.
  4. Urban Forestry Project:
    • Students and alumni from six major universities participated in a competitive tree-planting event at Phoenix’s Marivue Park. Each eight-person team competed to plant 10 trees in the fastest time. A total of 50 trees were planted in the low-income neighborhood park.
  5. Renewable Energy/Travel Offsets:
    • With the help of TerraPass, the College Football Playoff “greened” electrical power used at Playoff Fan Central at the Phoenix Convention Center.
    • Energy usage at University of Phoenix Stadium was offset through use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) provided by local utility company, Salt River Project.

Playoff Green in North Texas (2015)

  • 1,000 recycling bins at event venues.
  • Bins within AT&T Stadium increased by over 100 units.
  • 100 new trees were planted in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as part of the college tree-planting competition.
  • Materials including décor and construction items from all ancillary events and AT&T Stadium were shipped to repurposedMATERIALS, a company specializing in creative re-use.
  • 250 renewable energy certificates were used to offset the electricity used at AT&T Stadium. Certificates were green e-certified, and locally generated by wind turbines.
  1. Solid Waste Recycling:
    • Co-sponsored by Nike and Gerdau, the recycling program at AT&T Stadium included a uniformed team of three dozen recycling ambassadors who staffed key stadium areas and assisted fans with the recycling of bottles and cans. The mission was to enhance the fan experience by facilitating recycling before, during and immediately after the game.
    • Thousands of College Football Playoff branded recycling bins were distributed around the ancillary events, including Playoff Fan Central and Taste of the Championship, to provide recycling opportunities for fans.
  2. Water Conservation Promotional Plan:
    • Developed in partnership with the regional water authority and the City of Dallas to highlight the disastrous drought conditions throughout North Texas.
    • College football fans were encouraged to participate in water-conserving behaviors while enjoying the national championship game activities in North Texas.
  3. Material Donation Project:
    • Construction and décor materials from all College Football Playoff ancillary events and the national championship game were donated post-event in order to prevent materials from being sent to a landfill.
  4. Urban Forestry Project:
    • The College Football Playoff Foundation created a tree planting event to generate awareness through local and national media coverage. The competition included teams planting ten trees expeditiously, while carefully following the guidelines of tree expert supervision.
    • The event was sponsored by USDA Forest Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Dr Pepper, Employer Flexible, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Gerdau and was organized by the Texas Trees Foundation.
  5. Food Bank Project:
    • Several thousand pounds of prepared food was recovered from events and distributed to local soup kitchens and shelters through a partnership with Tarrant Area Food Bank.

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