Zerowaste tries to marry Super Bowl

Back to back. I have lived in the city of the Super Bowl two years back to back. How you may ask?

I spent a year in Houston committing a year of my life serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. A one year commitment to serving the United States with a mission to end poverty, or at least alleviate it. I volunteered with the YMCA of Greater Houston as a Newcomer Youth Coordinator.

Now I am in Minneapolis for graduate school. Pretty wild right?!

My Super Bowl experiences:

1. Stay vs. Leave

Last year I left Houston Super Bowl weekend to visit my now husband in Florida. Long distance is no joke so any moment to escape to paradise and see my man, I was there! On the other hand this year I stayed in Minneapolis for the weekend festivities. The week of the Super Bowl was a struggle due to me being sick but I made it through. I went to the Mall of America where I saw athletes and sports fans everywhere. There was a hype energy all throughout the mall.

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2. Live/d Close to the Action

If you can believe it I live/d almost exactly 10 mins away from both stadiums. I guess you can say I like being around the action but far enough away to escape the foolishness. But yes people I was basically at the Super Bowl right?!

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3. Possible Zero Waste Marriage

The City of Minneapolis is a trailblazer. This most recent Super Bowl had a full pledge effort to incorporate zero waste practices at the national event. The effort was truly inspiring. I didn’t get to see much of the efforts due to my limited Super Bowl festivities but there is a great short article read that explains more of the zero waste efforts.

Unfortunately I didn’t attend the actual Super Bowl game. Because of course I didn’t have a couple grand to drop on a game. However, I will say to know there was a campaign and money invested in this effort is a strong positive step forward. I admire the Super Bowl committee and the NFL’s bold efforts. I don’t know if the marriage of zero waste and the Super Bowl will last but I sure hope so!

After a night of good food and friends, I ended by Super Bowl experience with getting a reusable bag from the grocery store. I thought what a perfect addition to my reusable bag collection and what a thing to get for the occasion. I happy to say I didn’t fall to badly into the consumption black hole but got something meaningful to my home and day to day living.

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How was your Super Bowl experience and have you ever lived in a host city of the Super Bowl?

 

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