Philadelphia Eagles to Reimburse Employees for Purchasing Wind Energy

During 2007 NFL Business Summit, Eagles owner Christina Lurie hopes to send

a message

Apr 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Philadelphia Eagles

    PHILADELPHIA, April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia
 Eagles will reimburse its employees living in the Philadelphia region and
 New Jersey who purchase wind energy, making it the first organization to
 pick up this type of cost for employees.
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     At a press conference this morning, Eagles owner Christina Lurie,
 joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Department of Conservation and Natural
 Resources Michael DiBerardinis; NFL Executive Vice President of
 Communications and Public Affairs Joe Browne; and PECO, An Exelon Company
 Director Frank Jiruska, spoke at the site of the 2007 NFL Business Summit
 at the downtown Marriott.
     The Eagles will present its Go Green program, which was launched in
 2003, during the four-day conference, as NFL team representatives share
 best practices in the areas of business, marketing, and community
     This morning's audience included representatives from the Community
 Energy, Inc., City of Philadelphia, Historic Philadelphia, New Jersey's
 PSE&G, the Energy Cooperative and the Sexton Company.
     "We hope to serve as an example for NFL teams and the corporate
 sector," said Lurie. "The topic of greening in sports is especially
 important in cities like Philadelphia with professional teams and sports
 arenas. Game days have a huge environmental impact considering traffic,
 trash, energy and material consumption, and water use. They are also
 opportunities for education and awareness."
     "On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, who is taking a number of
 steps to make Pennsylvania a leader in the national drive toward energy
 independence, I thank the Eagles for being a great role model for the
 community, private businesses and other NFL teams," said Commonwealth of
 Pennsylvania DCNR Secretary Mike DiBerardinis.
     "With the Go Green initiative, the Eagles are showing a commitment to
 educating and encouraging the community about recycling practices and
 helping to green the environment. Imagine getting this message out to
 hundreds of thousands of fans! That's a great score for the conservation of
 our natural resources."
     DiBerardinis added that these types of initiatives help individuals
 understand the role that can be played in the stewardship of our earth and
 our quality of life.
     If an employee purchases 300 KW of wind energy, it is equivalent to
 planting 268 trees every year or not driving 3,600 miles. Considering the
 Eagles would get at least 100 employees to participate, that would equal
 360,000 miles not driven or more than 26,800 trees planted.
     "Since its launch in May 2004, PECO WIND has become the fastest growing
 green power program in the country, with more than 36,000 customers," said
 PECO director Frank Jiruska. "The environmental benefit for the entire
 program is the same as planting about 11 million trees or not driving 144
 million miles. This purchase - where employees of a company band together
 to enroll in PECO WIND - is the first of its kind, making the Eagles
 trailblazers, which makes today a very good day for the environment."
     "'Go Green' is more than just a play on words for the Eagles," said
 Lurie. "'Go Green' has become both a rallying cry for the football team and
 we hope a good citizenship message for the community."
     For more information on Go Green, visit
 and click on Go Green.
     The Philadelphia Eagles is the first team in professional sports to
 adopt responsibility for the environment and its role in the community. In
 2003, the Eagles launched Go Green, a ground-breaking campaign to better
 the environment and encourage sustainable business practices as core
 operating principles. The Philadelphia Eagles mission is to create and
 sustain championship performance on the field and in the community through
 programs and practices that promote the quality of life, green the
 environment, and improve one's impact on the planet.

SOURCE The Philadelphia Eagles