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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Seth's Compact Fluorescent Post

I was a little late to link back to Godin's original post about the good sense of using compact fluorescent bulbs, but this is a link to his latest aggregation of bloggers who linked to him on the subject of CF Bulbs. To add another great site, a client, Rob Walker of The Lightbulb Company (UK), started up this site on Energy Saving Lightbulbs, which includes info about government subsidies.

Now onto the next environmental bugaboo. Stadiums. If we're going to build them, are we watching how energy-efficient they are? Recently, BC Place in Vancouver got a hole in the roof due to high winds. It's one of those "bubble stadiums" that requires air pressure to keep the "balloon roof" intact. At dinner my dad asked "How much energy do you suppose it takes to keep the roof up all year?" I'd like to know, too. The topic's interesting enough that Angus Reid (a national polling firm) has a poll page up on their site. "Rebuild the roof?" OR "Build New Venue for 2010 Olympics?" If that's how we make public policy, of course, we're in trouble. How about an environmental audit of whatever decision gets made, and for that matter, of the Olympics in general.

I had to mention it, because I'd also like to know, if I'm going to be replacing lightbulbs, how many lightbulbs' worth of effort are being negated by the big megaprojects that chew up far more energy than they strictly need to? The average person will want to know: will a new stadium set us back 100,000 lightbulb change units a year? 1,000,000? Or will it improve things (once you factor in the cost and energy of demolition & construction)?

At least someone appears to be thinking about this.

Signed,

Sports Grinch

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