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Time was when friendly battles between workplaces came in the form of a softball game against the Pipefitters local.

The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is encouraging a different kind of competition. It wants rival groups of up to 30 people to see who can make the biggest dent in water and carbon dioxide use.

That’s right, football fans, who flush the equivalent of Lake Michigan down the toilet at halftime, this is a real competition. Use less water when you brush your teeth, spend less time in the shower, and carpool. Ride the Harley to work instead of the F-250.

Tried elsewhere, the “1st and Green” effort has saved more than 837,000 gallons of water and 606,400 pounds of CO2 since January 2010, said the committee.

“We want people to recognize their personal efforts can contribute to overall environmental impacts, and the group challenge can visibly identify long-term impacts to benefit the community,” said Tony Mason, senior vice president of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

The competition is broken into six categories: businesses, not-for-profits, government groups, K-12 schools, universities and “other groups.” Besides the satisfaction of being the biggest greenie, the host committee will recognize the winning groups from the stage of the Super Bowl “village” during the week preceding the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl. See www.1standgreen.com.

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