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Super (Green) | (eco) Bowl XLII?

Too bad for the NFL that the Green Bay Packers didn’t make it past the New York Giants, especially given the league’s attempt to make this a “green” event. Still, for New England Patriots fans it probably doesn’t really matter in the end—they are hell bent on making this a perfect ending. Still, we thought rather snarkily that the NFL is surely just putting on a “green” cover for what is really astroturf. Not so, here’s a snippet from the host stadium’s official site:
For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl will run on 100 percent renewable energy. Salt River Project, the largest supplier of power to the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, is supplying SRP EarthWise Energy renewable energy certificates to indirectly offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with both the Super Bowl and the NFL Experience. As the green energy provider of Arizona’s Super Bowl, Salt River Project will donate renewable-energy credits from wind and solar energy sources.
Total renewable energy, not bad. And, they have a host of initiatives going on at the stadium, including an educational program with plenty of nifty facts and figures to read, um, during commercials? Halftime? After the game? Maybe folks could print them off and put them at the bottom of the bowl of [fill in the snack food blank. Brita Belli of E! Magazine, has a nice summation of the NFL’s activities in a new article. Here’s a quick couple of sentences:
The more explicit the league makes that message, the more impact the NFL and other sports franchises can have among the fans who worship at their altars. Consider this: Superbowl Sunday is an unofficial national holiday in the U.S.—the most-watched event on television and the second-largest food-consumption day after Thanksgiving.
Click here for her full overview.

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..
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