According to David Krichavsky, the NFL’s director of media affairs, “It makes great sense from the public awareness standpoint, but it’s also good business sense. It’s one of those things that’s a double or triple win. . . . We believe that we are responsible in our community to act responsibly on multiple fronts, but also in environmental leadership.”
That was written in an article in last week’s Washington Post about installations at FedEx Field (Washington Redskins), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles), and Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks).
The reason this is happening is that sporting arenas provide great publicity for solar and other renewables. They also reach a broader audience than renewable energy installations normally would. Plus, they cut utility bills, and there are all kinds of state and federal incentives available to install them.
Despite all this innovative thinking, the University of Michigan continues to argue that solar panels on the Big House aren’t cost effective. Certainly the Leaders & the Best can come up with something better than just tucking an installation on North Campus’s former Pfizer site?
If you haven’t signed it already, here’s our petition for solar panels on the Big House. If you have, then we hope you’ll help us get to our goal by sharing the petition with others.