In celebration of the 48th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the St. Louis Cardinals will host its 9th annual Green Week at Busch Stadium from April 20-22. Following is a list of activities designed to reduce waste and promote recycling and energy efficiency both inside and outside of Busch Stadium.
Friday, April 20
During Green Week, and all season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team volunteers walk down the aisles of the seating bowl between innings to collect plastic and aluminum from fans while promoting recycling inside Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, the volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of the ballpark, as collections are done only between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans watching the game.
In a pregame ceremony, the St. Louis Cardinals will recognize Nancy Holzer, a long time Green Team volunteer that has been instrumental in helping recruit volunteers for the Green Team since 2010. To volunteer for the Cardinals Green Team, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/green.
Saturday, April 21
Representatives from Waste Management, the Cardinals recycling and collection partner, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony for teaming up with the club to encourage sustainability and recycling consumable materials. Currently, there are over 550 recycling containers throughout Busch Stadium and, on average, nine tons of trash is recycled at Busch Stadium each game. Last season, the Cardinals installed an aluminum beverage container crusher to reduce the number of pickups that Waste Management required to recycle the material.
As part of the pregame ceremony, Waste Management will share recycling tips and educate fans about reducing waste.
Sunday, April 22
Jim Gulliford, Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and present the Cardinals and the team's concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, with a certificate of recognition for their efforts to reduce food waste as part of the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge Program. Since 2010, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted over 43 tons of unused food from Busch concessions stands
to Operation Food Search, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfills. When food decomposes in landfills, it becomes a source of greenhouse gas emissions. The Cardinals are exceeding their food recovery goals, which results in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, thus slowing climate change, while contributing to Operation Food Search's efforts to feed 200,000 of our neighbors in need.
The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoe Crew, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game on Sunday, April 22. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags. Fans who are bringing shoes for donation should limit the size of any bags to 16" x 16" x 8" in dimension pursuant to Busch Stadium's bag policy. Shoe Crew creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.
More Green Week Information
Bi-State Development/Metro is proud to join the St. Louis Cardinals and other partners during the team's 2018 Green Week. By transporting thousands of fans and stadium workers to and from each home game on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles, we are helping reduce air pollution by having fewer automobiles on the roadways. It takes a team of partners and volunteers to go green and stay green, and Metro applauds and supports the Cardinals sustainability goals and recycling efforts inside and outside of the ballpark.
Since the launch of #4AGreenerGame in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted nearly 6,000 tons of solid waste from local landfills, 1,400 tons of yard waste and more than 1,200 tons of composted organic material. Busch Stadium continues to become more energy efficient through participation in Ameren Missouri's Business Energy Efficiency Program. For instance:
- The team has reduced energy use by 20% and water use by 10% since the new stadium opened in 2006.
- In 2012, the team installed 110 solar panels which generate over 22,000 kWh of electricity and have eliminated an estimated 15 tons of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere
- 40% of the team's waste was diverted from landfills in 2017.
For more information about 4 A Greener Game, please visit cardinals.com/green.