Solar Charging Super Bowl 50

The one team that I care about playing in  Super Bowl 50 NFL Championship game is team Solar!  Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has 375 kW of solar panels that generate enough electricity each year to power all of the 49ers home games.   Of course, I wouldn’t be a good Patriots fan if I didn’t point out that Gillette Stadium is home to 1,000 kW of solar panels.

Here are some additional green things happening at the Super Bowl this year at Levi’s Stadium:superbowl_50_levi_infographic

  • 85% of water used is reclaimed
  • all wood used in owners’ suites is reclaimed from local dirigible airship hangar
  • includes a 27,000 sqft “green roof” including 16 drought tolerant plant species.

You can check out more at EcoWatch.  

Here are some of our past posts on Greening the Super Bowl & Super Bowl Parties:





I hope you enjoy the Super Bowl, whoever you are rooting for tonight.  

Tell us what you are doing to go green for Super Bowl 50 in the Comments below.

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SEIA Solar in Sports Chart

Top solar installations on sports stadiums.

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline.Keystone XL Pipeline stamped REJECTED

However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA Today, NBC News and CNN, I found that they only played edited versions of the speech.  At first I thought the flashes were flashbulbs going off from the reporters and it wasn’t until I found the whole version of the speech, did I realize that those were clip points. This speech gives me real hope that we can still stop global warming with only 3-6′ of sea level rise. 

My two favorite quotes from the President’s speech are:

The old rules said we couldn’t promote economic growth and protect our environment at the same time. The old rules said we couldn’t transition to clean energy without squeezing businesses and consumers. But this is America and we have come up with new ways and new technologies to break down the old rules. So that today home grown American energy is booming, energy prices are failing and over the past decade even as our economy has continued to grow, America has cut our total carbon pollution more than any country on earth.


The biggest risk we face is not acting.

                                — President Barack Obama (11/6/2015)

Below is the full video of the President’s speech on rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Love Song to the Earth

love song to the earth

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Interview with Jeff Sutherland – Inventor of Scrum and Renewable Energy Advocate

Photo of home with both roofs covered in solar panels

Recently I had the pleasure of learning a more effective way to manage projects. The two day course, titled Scrum Product Owner training, was taught by Jeff Sutherland, the inventor and co-creator of Scrum and author of Scrum: The Art of … [Continue reading]

How much did the US spend on Imported Oil in 2014?

1/3rd of a Trillion Dollars

My previous blog posts about the US spending on imported oil are finally making a difference. At least a lot of people seem to be asking how much the US spends on importing oil.  Earlier this year, one of the leading United States Presidential … [Continue reading]

Camping with Thermo-electric Generation (Powered SmartPhones)

BioLite Kettle Pot over BioLite BaseCamp charging GoalZero lantern

While camping over Memorial Day this year, I witnessed several people complaining about their SmartPhones (iPhones, etc.) and having to sit around the bathroom trying to get even to 20% charge. Last year Alicia and I had to coordinate who had the … [Continue reading]

How to Easily Grill Corn on the Campfire

Campfire Grilled Corn

This year Ellie & Christor were old enough to actually help us plan for our annual camping trip, including participating in meal planning. They declared that they were going to make pancakes, and since I know that Ellie is perfectly … [Continue reading]

Movie Review of Rob Stewart’s Revolution


I was asked to review the feature length documentary Revolution by Rob Stewart. The movie takes you on a journey under the water and around the world to see the impacts of climate change and the damage that we are doing to our planet. The … [Continue reading]

I haven’t worn antiperspirant in 3 years and no one noticed

Thai Crystal Deodorant

A few years ago, my mom gave me crystal deodorant as a gift.  I was skeptical as I am typically wary of the "green" things she gives me, as she has a tendency to fall for green washing. I had been using traditional deodorant … [Continue reading]

Green Household Products Delivered – ePantry

Shipping Tomorrow - Please Make Your Changes

If you haven’t gathered from recent posts, or lack thereof, we’re a very busy family. We do our best to be green, but we also don’t want to miss out on life.  Some of our friends cope by limiting their children to activities they can all do … [Continue reading]