One might think that having an ice rink in Santa Monica is not energy efficient – but one might be surprised at how many innovations are occurring in our fair city, where we like to lead by example:
From the Santa Monica Ice Rink website:
Does the Ice Rink use renewable energy?
To power everything from the rink to the computers, ICE uses a combination of eco-friendly lights, solar power and renewable energy credits. It uses LED and compact fluorescent bulbs throughout the rink area. These use between 20-30% less energy and last 8 to 15 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs! In addition, replacing one single LED or fluorescent bulb for an incandescent one keeps a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over its lifetime! (View Reference) Using a Mobile Solar Power System, we are making everything but the rink run on the sun. The City of Santa Monica purchases renewable energy credits for all of its operations, and that includes the rink.