Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lambeau goes green

"Green Bay Packers home games are about to get a lot greener.

The team has signed on to use renewable energy to power Lambeau Field for home games this season. The plan includes the Aug. 3 Family Night event and any postseason action.

The renewable power – generated by wind turbines near De Pere and Fond du Lac and biogas facilities in Northeastern Wisconsin – will cost about 15 percent more than standard power, but is a step at making Lambeau Field more environmentally friendly.

“This was a conscious decision we talked long and hard about,” said Jason Wied, the team’s vice president of administration and general counsel.

The Packers expect to use about 1.2 million kilowatt hours for game day efforts this year – enough electricity to power 140 homes for a year.

The initiative, tabbed Green Team, is newest effort in the Packers’ environmental playbook but not the only option, Wied said. Recycling was part of last year’s plan and efforts will be increased this year."

Looks like they're going green at quarterback too!