Archive for July, 2010

Recycled stadium

The Vancouver BC Lions, members of the Candian Football League, are moving into a new stadium for the upcoming season.  But they won’t have a chance to really settle in because the stadium will be taken down when the season is over and renovations on their permanent stadium are complete.

The temporary stadium, constructed from 15,000 parts shipped from Switzerland in 70 containers, will be dismantled and shipped back to Europe to be reused as another temporary sports facility.  I think it is really interesting that the stadium will be deconstructed and can be reused, but I wonder whether that truly offsets the environmental impact of shipping the materials from and back to Switzerland.

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Navy = Green

One popular book that addresses climate change is Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman.  I recently came across a review of this book which incorporated information about changes the Navy is making to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.  I was very impressed to learn that the Navy has a hybrid amphibious assault ship which uses an electric drive for speeds of less than 10 knots.  I was also pleased to know that the Navy is using biofuels as well.  I appreciate that military is reducing its use of fossil fuels as well as hopefully saving money in the process.

Thanks to the US service men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom!

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