Below are a few Earth Day activations in which our Clubs participated in 2022:
Atlanta Braves - For the Braves home game on April 22, the Club is hosting 50 Green Team volunteers with their corporate partner WestRock. This will act as their launch point for their in-house cleaning contractor's trash haulers to be identified as the Green Team for the remainder of the season. WestRock will re-install as the Green Team for a second game later this season. They will be capturing footage of the Green Team to display on the scoreboards and to use for in-game messaging. Additionally, they will be awarding fans "caught green handed" (recycling) with sponsor's or Braves' memorabilia throughout the game. They will be highlighting their sustainability initiatives on social media as well as WestRock's cross promoting.
Baltimore Orioles - In celebration of Earth Day, Orange and Black Gives Back volunteers and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks volunteers will hop in a fleet of canoes, paddle along the water and use pick sticks to clean the waterway at Middle Branch Park.
Chicago White Sox - In collaboration with their concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, the White Sox will be providing fans with seed coasters, which are embedded with wildflower seeds and intended for fans to take home, soak overnight and watch flowers grow from the coaster.
Cleveland Guardians - On April 21, the Guardians are celebrating Earth Day by working with Davey Tree to promote the "Swing for the Trees" program. For every Guardians' home run hit, Davey Tree will plant a tree in the Cleveland community to create a greener city. They will be incorporating facts and trivia into contests and the pregame loop, as well as using graphics and the PA system to promote their composting and solar efforts.
Miami Marlins - In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Miami Marlins will host a Food Garden Tree and Plant Giveaway for the South Florida community on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at loanDepot park. With the support from community partner Million Trees Miami, the Marlins will be giving away 300 trees, herbs and plants at the event. In addition to the giveaway, the event will include representatives from Citizen for a Better South Florida to showcase the Miami Marlins Foundation’s Home Plate Meals Food Garden to the community. Guests will receive tips and advice such as proper growing techniques and watering tactics. The educational component will provide guidance for those what are interested in learning more about gardening.
Milwaukee Brewers - This week the Milwaukee Brewers launched the formation of the Brewers Sustainability Council, an effort by Brewers pitcher Brent Suter and founding partner SC Johnson to create an advisory board to review, discuss and implement best sustainability practices at American Family Field. The powerhouse group is joined in support by several other Brewers partners and outside organizations that bring various perspectives and knowledge on sustainability. The Sustainability Council will leverage the knowledge of its members to help maximize Brewers sustainability initiatives and bring partners together to allow for exchange of information and best practices. In addition, the Brewers will seek to utilize its platform to set positive examples and further educate on the critical importance of protecting the environment. The Brewers were the first U.S. professional sport team to link a waste stream to a specific product, closing the recycling loop and addressing one of the biggest barriers to plastic recycling in the U.S. and globally: the lack of markets for recycled material.
Minnesota Twins - As they do for every event at Target Field, the Green Glove Award-winning Minnesota Twins will strive to achieve 100-percent waste diversion at their Earth Day home game. In partnership with Marsden Services, all accumulated waste at the ballpark -- from every seat, every receptacle, every bag -- is carefully sorted into recyclable items, compostable materials and trash, before being diverted accordingly. Since 2011, the Twins have composted 3,796 tons of organic materials, recycled 4,743 tons of waste and sent 4,190 tons of trash to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center. Additionally, on Tuesday of Earth Day week, the Twins hosted a electronics recycling drive at Target Field; collected materials were donated to Minnesota Tech for Success, which creates digital equity for students by partnering with schools and educational organizations to provide technology access, engaging STEM programming and IT workforce development in underserved communities. Lastly, Twins rookie right-hander Joe Ryan, who has 11 strikeouts over his first two starts this season (10.0 IP), will partner with Players for the Planet to have a tree planted for each strikeout he records in the 2022 campaign.
Oakland Athletics - The A's will be celebrating Earth Day during their April 23 home game, when they will host their third annual Greening and Sustainability Expo, an event on their plaza in which local sustainability groups have a chance to highlight their work in the community to fans. They will also host an e-waste drive in conjunction with Goodwill of the Greater East Bay. Finally, they will be giving away reusable picnic blankets to fans.
Philadelphia Phillies - The Phillies kicked off their Earth Day awareness campaign on Thursday, April 14, when they hosted their annual employee Earth Day cleanup in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at Norristown Farm Park in Pennsylvania. Phillies front-office employees were proud to help dig trenches, even the land with wood chips, plant apple trees and raspberry bushes, and more. The cleanup was a precursor to the upcoming Phillies Earth Day Celebration powered by Constellation, a national provider of clean energy solutions, on Friday, April 22, at Citizens Bank Park. The event includes a special Theme Night Ticket offer featuring a Constellation Water Bottle giveaway (for the first 1,000 fans who purchase the Theme Night Ticket offer) and a $6 discount for regular-priced tickets in select locations. Plus, energy-saving tips to help reduce energy consumption will be on display throughout the game and broadcast.
Pittsburgh Pirates - On Earth Day the Pirates will begin preparations for the reopening of The Urban Garden powered by Duquesne Light on PNC Park’s Suite Level. Featuring a variety of herbs and vegetables, the food grown on site will be utilized in the meals prepared by Pirates Team Chef Tony Palatucci to assist in fueling Pirates players and staff.
San Diego Padres - On April 20, the Padres will host a pregame Earth Day ceremony where they will highlight and celebrate the ballpark transitioning to 100% renewable energy as well as the city-wide initiative of bringing renewable power to local San Diego businesses and residences. Representatives from San Diego Community Power and the City of San Diego will be given Padres jerseys with "Power 100" on the backs and honored during a pregame ceremony over the PA system.
San Francisco Giants - The Giants are committed to making Oracle Park the greenest ballpark in the country by making environmental stewardship a top priority. In partnership with Nuveen, a donation will be made to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 22 trees for every home run hit by the Giants this season. The team is also supporting Earth Day San Francisco, a free, annual street festival dedicated to raising environmental awareness through live music, teach-ins, green products and services, and more. Oracle Park was the first Major League ballpark to receive U.S. Green Building Council platinum, gold and silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for existing buildings and is the only ballpark in the country to have earned all three.