Climate leaders: Chevy, NRG Energy and the Eagles

While the new Congress appears likely to do nothing, or worse, to deal with climate change, and while expectations of the upcoming UN negotiations in Cancun are lower than low, GM’s Chevrolet, NRG Energy and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles today all announced climate actions — which suggests that business will keep moving towards sustainability, with or without prodding from the government.

Briefly, the most entertaining news of the day is about the Eagles. (After last week’s Monday Night Football game,  I was tempted to write a headline saying: Philadelphia beats Washington, again! ) The team is installing 80 wind turbines, 2,500 solar panels and a 7.6 megawatt on-site dual-fuel cogeneration plant (which can operate on bio-diesel or natural gas) at Lincoln Financial Field, which may well be, as the team boasts, the greenest sports stadium in the world. Here’s a mockup of the stadium provided by the Eagles.

“This is one of the most exciting things to take place in Philadelphia,” the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, at ceremonies shown on the web. “Having partners like the Philadelphia Eagles makes going greener much easier.”  Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Eagles, and his wife Christina expressed their passion for the “Go Green” initiative, which includes recycling, composting, water conservation as well as renewable energy. (The Eagles even planted 4,000 trees in a Louisiana state park to offset team travel.) Said Christina Lurie: “The Eagles have embarked on a never-ending sustainability journey.” [click to continue…]