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Super Bowl Was Promoted As ‘Green-est’ Ever

From the US Department of Energy’s website:

Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront

By John Horst | February 2, 2013

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.

Which, apparently, includes turning off some of the lights for a half hour. Or maybe they did that because the sun had gone down and the winds had stopped blowing.

Or maybe they turned off half the lights in a tribute to Katrina? Which, after all had just happened the last time New Orleans hosted a Super Bowl.

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images.

And sometimes wash the building in darkness.

The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement…

And they are also amazingly dependable.

Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

Until they screwed up and gave green energy and the city of New Orleans another black eye.

By the way, were there any reports of cannibalism while the lights were off? Has anyone heard from the Huffington Post’s Randall Robinson?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Super Bowl Was Promoted As ‘Green-est’ Ever”

  1. canary says:

    June 29, 2011 – Superdome Renovation Nearing Completion
    Source: Associated Press

    …Thornton reflected on how much the Superdome had changed since Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005.

    The storm tore open the roof and flooded surrounding streets, allowing mold to fester while tens of thousands of evacuees who had taken shelter there stewed in summer heat without air conditioning or working bathrooms.

    Most evacuees milled around field-level stands, which have been deconstructed, removed and rebuilt atop a new steel support system as part of $50 million in work performed during the last five months.

    The changes to the field-level stands represent the latest of numerous upgrades since the restoration of the stadium began in late 2005.

    The initial phases included gutting and refinishing suites, corridors, concession stands and bathrooms throughout the stadium. New electrical, video and audio systems were installed. All seats were either cleaned or replaced,…


    Sorry, saw the guy on the news that rebuilt it and said it smelt like human waste after Katrina hit, before they filled it with people who had no bathrooms, but he rebuilt it as a beacon light for all of New Orleans.

    Just recalling way back when Scientists said it would be best to rebuild most of New Orleans elsewhere.

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