New Year's Football: Go Green

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"It's Time for Some Trash Talk" is the banner on the opening page for the Philadelphia Eagles' Go Green website. Christina Weiss Lurie, co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, initiated a Go Green program for their NFL team. By using 100% clean energy on game days and by recycling 100% of all trash collected, the Eagles' Go Green program is the most environmentally friendly program in the NFL and most likely throughout all pro-sport organizations. Lurie explains their motivation for the program, which was unveiled in 2003, "We have always felt strongly that what we do on the field should be parallel with what we do off the field. We also feel strongly that we need to give back to the community."

The Eagles' Go Green website has information about how much carbon a fan burns while traveling to the stadium for a home game; a green calculator; a program that allows fans to purchase a tree in honor of the Eagles; details about the Eagles' Go Green program; and more information about sustainability in general.

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Whether or not you are watching football for New Year's Day, Buildipedia's Go Green Channel wishes you a very healthy 2010.


Here is a list of the Eagles' favorite environmental factoids:

* We each throw away our own weight in packaging every month.

* $1 out of every $11 Americans spend for food goes for packaging.

* In just one week of recycling, we can each save 17 trees.

* Each of us generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day.

* Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours - just about enough time to watch an Eagles game!

* Last year 54 billion cans were recycled, saving energy equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil - America's entire gas consumption for one day!  An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

* If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

* A standard shower head uses about 5-7 gallons of water per minute.  Use a "low-flow" shower head to help reduce water use by 50% or more. They typically cut the flow rate to 2.5 gallons per minute, or less.

* Turn off the water faucet when brushing your teeth! This simple act can save 3-4 gallons of water every time you brush.

* Instead of loading up on bottled water, install a water filter on your home faucet. That $5 filter will give you 40,000 8-ounce glasses of purified tap water.

* A 60-watt incandescent bulb lasts about 750 hours; a fluorescent bulb with 1/3 the wattage will generate the same light and burn for 7,500 to 10,000 hours, lasting seven to ten years!

* If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, equivalent to more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

* Styrofoam is NOT recyclable. It will never disintegrate and can not be made into new Styrofoam. A Styrofoam cup used today will still be sitting in a land fill 500 years from now.

* When it comes time to do the laundry, you can cut your energy use and washing costs in half by switching to cold water.

Stephanie Aurora Lewis

Stephanie, an NCARB registered architect and LEED AP, draws upon her studies in architectural history and theory from Sarah Lawrence College and her master’s degree in architecture from The Ohio State University. Providing copy for publications and performing marketing work for the construction industry, Stephanie works as an independent freelancer from Columbus, Ohio.

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