**Written by Doug Powers
Not long before the power outage at the Superdome that delayed the game for over 30 minutes, the Department of Energy took a moment to remind everybody that they were about to witness the greenest, most energy efficient Super Bowl in history:
While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.
To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.
Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.
At that point, Providence decided to make it so:
More reliable power sources are under consideration for next year’s Super Bowl while not compromising on sustainability. Those options include ringing the top level of <a href="MetLife Stadium“MetLife Stadium with 1,000 Volts and turning their lights on, or saving money by tapping into North Korea’s power grid.
JWF: “The only thing that would have topped that would have been for a Solyndra ad to run during the power outage.”
**Written by Doug Powers
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