Denver Green Festival
Well, I didn't think I would have much to report about our travel to the Denver Green Festival, after all it was just a trip through Vancouver and Denver airports, but, as it turns out, the Denver International Airport is quite interesting and has an extensive environmental management system.
As we pulled away from the airport in our taxi, we passed a massive field full of flat grey shiny things. A solar panel array? Yes indeed.
The 7 1/2 acre field contains 9,200 photovoltaic panels that swivel east to west to follow the sun. The system became operational in 2008 and presently generates over 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. This is about half the power needed to run the airport's terminal-connecting underground train system. City officials say this will reduce carbon emissions by more than 5 million pounds a year. Not bad for the fifth busiest airport in the United States.
By the way, did you catch the New Society Publishers title that flashed up in the airport video link posted above? Be the first person to send us an e-mail at heather at newsociety dot com with the words "blog contest" in the subject line and we will send you a free copy of the book!
Stay tuned for more from the crew in Denver as the weekend progresses!