Some NFL Teams Are Going Green

The San Francisco 49ers stadium will be the first in the National Football League to feature a “living roof.” The $1.2 billion stadium will contain a canopy of green and flowering plants across the top of the stadium. These green plants will reduce the buildings energy use and offer additional environmental benefits. NFL clubs are beginning to show their greener side through environmental programs that reduce energy emissions. Solar panels, wind turbines, electric sharing stations, and low carbon alternatives are some of the many features coming to NFL clubs.

The NFL is one of many U.S. sports leagues trying to embrace clean energy. Sports team who “go green” help improve public awareness of cleaner and efficient energy. Going green is a win-win for the NFL team and the environment by lowering costs and helping the environment. The NFL has the world’s highest attendance per game but has slacked off in green measures compared to other sport leagues.


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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