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Where Eagles Dare


Being a lifelong and avid NY Giants fan, I am not generally given to blowing the horn for the Philadelphia Eagles.  However, there was a great story in the NY Times yesterday about how the Eagles’ stadium, Lincoln Field, is going to be tricked out with a particularly impressive array of renewable energy upgrades.  This is going to be a truly super bowl.

2,500 solar panels, 80 20-foot-high vertical-axis wind turbines and a cogen plant that runs on natural gas and biodiesel will supply all of the stadium’s needs.  Fans eating their french fries will rest assured in the fact that the waste grease is helping to power the lights.

The release from the team quotes their Declaration of Energy Independence, which “seeks to create a better living environment by reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.”  SolarBlue is handling the installation and operation.  There are other aspects to this as well, including low-flow toilets, waste reduction and recycling, and energy efficiency as well.

I’ll be pulling for Big Blue this Sunday night – they’re playing the Eagles at Lincoln Field – but I’m delighted nevertheless that the Eagles are so abundantly green.


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Bill Hewitt
Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

Areas of Focus:
the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change


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