Is this truly sustainable? The paradox of wind turbines and massive parking fields.
But we're throwing down a flag on the play because the Eagles Go Green program continues to ignore transportation. The most direct emissions that are generated from a Sunday home game are from the 25,000 motor vehicles that fill the 250 acres of hard surfaced parking surrounding the sports complex. A back of the envelope calculation (25K cars x 20 mi. round trip x 1.1 lbs. of CO2 per mi.) equals 550,000 pounds of CO2 per game. Furthermore even the global warming deniers won't argue the health hazards of Carbon Monoxide, NOx and Particulate Matter.
For a fraction of the money spent on the power generation project, the Eagles can take the next step and reduce the number of vehicle trips to the game.
- Broad Street Subway riders have to walk nearly a half mile to get to the stadium. Making that access easier via a more direct walkway, shuttle trams and pedicabs could build upon the 8,000 riders that already use the subway.
- Express bus service from the suburbs, New Jersey and Delaware could take hundreds of more fans looking to avoid the congestion, tolls and parking fees.
- South Philly has thousands of transportation cyclists. Adding bike parking should be a no brainer-We're at week 10 of the season and the bicycling is fine. An expansion to 18 games would mean that football season would start in August. There are currently zero (0) bike racks at the stadium. Any bike parking at all would be an improvement. Valet bike parking and setting up a safe bike access route with orange cones could make a serious dent in the number of people on bikes attending the game.