Emerald Bowl is Green Too

SF bowl game buys renewable energy credits

Saturday, Dec 27, 2008  |  Updated 11:50 AM PDT
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Emerald Bowl is Green Too

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The seventh annual Emerald Bowl in San Francisco's AT&T Park not only will feature a local team on Saturday, but an environmental message.

A Florida-based company, FPL Energy LLC, announced this week it would supply the event with certified wind Renewable Energy Certificates to match the event's electricity consumption.

Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli said in a statement announcing the partnership that the effort would not only reduce the game's environmental impact but would also help "promote environmental awareness to a broad audience of sports enthusiasts."

The University of California at Berkeley Golden Bears (8-4) will face the University of Miami Hurricanes (7-5) in Saturday's game, which begins at 5 p.m.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz have made a friendly wager on the outcome, Newsom putting up a case of Napa Valley wine and San Francisco sourdough bread against several bags of Diaz's fresh Florida oranges.

The event is the first Emerald Bowl to feature a Bay Area school.

Miami is down a few key players, not to  injuries, but to suspensions.

Five players total won't be suiting up, including quarterback "Robert" Marve and some key special teams players.

Cal Coach Tedford said he is not expecting any less "bluster" from Miami's attack.

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