Chicago Bulls Going Green: United Center to Be Powered by Renewable Energy

Al RiegerCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2012

In celebration of Earth Day, the Fortune 500 company Constellation Energy will supply the electricity for the United Center on April 1 for the Chicago Blackhawks and April 2 for the Chicago Bulls.

The utility company announced they will purchase RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) to “match the electricity use on each game day.” RECs are commodities that represent energy created by renewable sources such as the wind and sun.


What This Means

The NBA has long been a promoter of social responsibility.

Under the NBA Cares program, the NBA Green Initiative has events in place that aim to make the world a healthier place, such as the All-Star E-Recycling day, where people can drop off old electronics for tickets to the NBA All-Star Jam Session.

During the lockout, fans were questioning the motives behind NBA owners and players. The organization was looked at as money-hungry and greedy. Initiatives like NBA Green shed a different light.

Although small in comparison to the countries energy demands, the powering of the United Center is a big step toward creating a sustainable energy plan.

Most importantly, it brings the issue to the youth, educating future generations about sustainability.