Brent Suter is a native of Chicago, and currently resides in Cincinnati. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB Draft from Harvard University. Brent was promoted to the Major Leagues in August 2016, and has spent six-plus seasons with the Brewers.
As a Harvard graduate who studied environmental science, Brent uses his platform to draw attention to various environmental issues, including the effects of climate change and the global crisis of plastic waste, and also emphasizes positive change. Known as the team’s resident environmentalist, he leads by example through his active and engaging philanthropic efforts, as well in the clubhouse.
Brent is not merely passionate about conservation, he embodies it through his daily life choices, his impact on his teammates, community service and leadership. He understands the urgency of taking serious action to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint and uses his platform to inspire and reach all corners of his community. He is a positive influence on those around him, both in baseball and beyond. Brent exemplifies the pillars of service revered by the Roberto Clemente Award, and the Milwaukee Brewers are honored to nominate him for a third consecutive year.
Brent has served as an active member and ambassador for ‘Players for the Planet’ since 2019, participating in cleanup projects around the world and making a series of appearances on behalf of Major League Baseball on Earth Day. He further supports multiple environmental groups, such as Milwaukee Urban Ecology, the Outrider Foundation, ECO in the City of Milwaukee, One Tree Planted and EcoAthletes.
This season, Brent and a few teammates teamed up with Victory Garden Initiative to plant fruit trees by investing in the future growth of Milwaukee’s Harambee community. The Harambee community is predominately an African American neighborhood with a rich history in Milwaukee. The fruit trees will contribute to a healthy ecosystem, decrease carbon footprint and provide cleaner air to breathe. In addition, the trees will be used to teach classes on plant care, composting, food preservation and vermiculture. The harvest will be shared with the neighborhood.
Brent is particularly committed to using local trees to support food security by strategically planting fruit trees. Last season, he launched a community-wide effort to plant 100 trees in the Milwaukee area for every Brewers win after the All-Star break. The effort allows community members to participate in planting and learning about the importance of urban tree canopy, which provides a plethora of health benefits for the community.
To further extend his commitment to trees, Brent has spearheaded an effort with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every save and has recruited several players to join in making a financial contribution toward this effort.
In 2022, Brent took his passion for the environment and once again applied it in real-life situations to help fans – particularly kids – think about how their actions can help the planet. Brent wrote and published a children’s book called “The Binky Bandit.” The book centers on main character “Wally the Doodle,” inspired by Brent’s mini golden doodle and master of binky banditry, and follows his wild adventures as his household grows with an arrival of a new baby. Wally must balance his jealousy with the temptation of stealing binkies, while discovering that individual choices can make a great difference. The book is based on a true story, with an exaggerated twist to encourage readers to help protect the planet. All season, Brent has participated in book tours with families and children to connect and talk about ways to protect the planet. His public reading at American Family Field sold out within a day, and hundreds of families attended to hear Brent do a live reading and Q&A about the environment.
Brent uses his platform to elevate educational messages about the environment and teach children. He collaborated with SC Johnson and EarthEcho International earlier this season to create the “Waste Free Crew,” an educational initiative that provided educators in the Milwaukee area with instructive modules for fourth, fifth and sixth graders to learn and discuss environmentally friendly practices. Brent participated in small group discussions and answered children’s questions as part of a panel discussion with Founder of EarthEcho International Philippe Cousteau, Jr. – the grandson of Jacques Cousteau and part of a family that has dedicated generations to educating the public about environmental and conservation issues.
For the second year, the Milwaukee Brewers, SC Johnson and ‘Players for the Planet’ have teamed up to host an exclusive program for faculty and collegiate students from UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee concentrating on environmental and sustainable studies. Brent will serve as a lead panelist about his involvement with environmental groups, the importance of sustainable practices and how he is inspiring others to join in these vital efforts.
In addition to all the impressive conservatory efforts Brent is dedicated to, he also extends his philanthropic service by volunteering with several nonprofits, such as Milwaukee Urban Ecology, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and COA; the latter in which he helped build bikes for children at the COA Youth and Family Centers, an organization that nurtures children, supports families and builds strong and resilient communities.
Brent’s passion for engaging and positively impacting others is unwavering. He enjoys being directly involved in impacting change and continuously finds creative ways to do so.
He co-created #StrikeOutWaste, an eco-friendly initiative to help his teammates and other players across the league to reduce plastic use inside ballparks and in their personal lives. In the spring of 2019, he partnered with a bottle manufacturer to produce reusable glass water bottles that he gifted to his teammates and other players across the league.
In partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers and SC Johnson, Brent also serves as an ambassador for the first-of-its-kind recycling program at American Family Field. The program allows fans to discard their plastic cups. SC Johnson then recycles them into Scrubbing Bubbles® bottles.
As a leader in the sustainable sports movement, Brent is a founding member of Sidelining Carbon, an initiative from the American Conservation Coalition Campus that focuses on offsetting the carbon impact of professional sports team travel. Launched in August 2020, the initiative aims to offset at least 50 percent of the carbon footprint associated with professional sports team travel by 2025.
For the past five years, Brent has donated $10,000 to Brewers Community Foundation, and during the pandemic, he has partnered with other teammates to donate $10,000 toward the Ballpark Employee Emergency Relief Fund for stadium employees impacted by COVID-19. He recorded stay-at-home messages and the importance of wearing mask in public to share on social media, supporting the statewide media campaign, #WeAreAllInWI, to help educate citizens about personal health and safety during COVID-19. In addition, he has volunteered at Miracle League games in Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
Brent feels strongly about living sustainably through example and has taken steps to live as efficiently and environmentally conscious as possible. From advocating for a green energy bill to going paperless in his home to starting his own garden, He and his wife, Erin, have adopted habits at home that will minimize their carbon footprint. They have solar panels on the roof of their home, take fast showers and use only Blueland Cleaning Essential products and reusable spray bottles that are eco-friendly. They avoid beef, compost as much as they can, use recyclable grocery bags and buy foods that have not been packaged.
In addition to his notable contributions on and off the field, Brent leads in the clubhouse with a positive attitude and an unflappable sense of humor. He’s not afraid to have some fun, and the result is seen in social media, Brewers marketing films and while mic’d up during broadcasts.