- In partnership with UnitedHealthCare, the D-backs have a vertical garden on the exterior of Chase Field — the first of its kind in all of MLB.
- Have converted all lighting in main concourse and parking areas at Chase Field to energy-efficient LED lighting, resulting in 60% savings in power consumption annually in these areas.
- Have diverted over 90 tons of organic materials from the waste stream since 2017 through a compost collection program with Waste Management.
- Installed state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field that has a high-performance surface designed specifically for baseball. This surface provides 90% savings (nearly 2 million gallons) in water consumption each season compared to natural grass.
- Food recovery program: The Atlanta Braves partner with Second Helpings Atlanta to recover food waste from Truist Park, diverting excess food from landfills and serving to strengthen food security in communities struggling with food sovereignty.
- In-park recycling: At Truist Park, the Atlanta Braves collect and recycle plastic, aluminum, paper, cardboard, metal, glass, electronics, light bulbs, cooking oil and food scraps.
- Green Team: During select home games, Atlanta Braves Green Team volunteers walk the aisles of Truist Park in between innings to collect recyclables from fans.
- Pitch in for the planet: The Atlanta Braves and Food Well Alliance partner together to plant urban community gardens across Braves Country to create more equity and access to healthy food options and provide a sustainable pathway to foods through local gardening.
- Reusable drinkware: To reduce waste, the Atlanta Braves Foundation purchased Players for the Planet reusable water bottles and travel mugs for Braves clubhouse and front-office staff.
- Food distributions: The Atlanta Braves host a monthly Home Plate Project food distributions and partner with the Mayor’s Office of International & Immigrant Affairs to host community resource events in food-insecure communities. These events provide fresh produce and frozen protein sourced from local diverse farmers through community partners Urban Recipe and Common Market.
- Beautification projects: Atlanta Braves front-office staff volunteer regularly to beautify the spaces of various nonprofit and community partners across metro Atlanta, including weeding, mulching, planting new flowers and serving in urban community gardens.
- Field water reclamation: Truist Park’s field water reclamation system collects rainwater to be reused for field irrigation.
- EV chargers: There are more than 60 electric vehicle chargers on Truist Park property.
- LEED Certification: In April 2018, the Orioles and Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) announced that after a multi-year effort of research and enhancements, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for an existing building. Oriole Park becomes the fourth, and the oldest, LEED Gold certified facility in Major League Baseball. Oriole Park and the accompanying B&O Warehouse, which was awarded with LEED Silver, demonstrate year-round sustainable activities and practices including waste management, recycling, paperless tickets, and reduced energy usage and electrical consumption.
- Oriole Garden: On May 25, 2016, the National Wildlife Federation and its Maryland state affiliate, the National Aquarium, joined the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority to dedicate a new, native plant garden at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that will attract orioles, other local birds and butterflies. The Oriole Garden is part of the National Wildlife Federation's Grow Together Baltimore program, which works with local communities to create vibrant green spaces that benefit Baltimore residents in many ways.
- Responsible energy use: Oriole Park utilizes energy-efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures throughout the park including waterless urinals.
- Recycling: Oriole Park recycled nearly 40,000 pounds of materials in 2020.
- Cigarette butt recycling: Over the past five years, the Orioles and MSA have recycled more than 126,000 cigarette butts which are turned into plastic crates and other products.
- Cleaning: Oriole Park uses a comprehensive green cleaning program that includes EcoLogo certified cleaning products, ionized water to reduce chemical usage, green cleaning equipment and cleaning audits after every game.
- Food pantry donations: Each year, Oriole Park donates food to the Maryland Food Bank to support various initiatives and programs. In 2021, more than 2,500 pounds of food was donated.
- Cooking oil recycling: Nearly 10,000 gallons of cooking oil from Oriole Park are recycled into biodiesel annually.
- Eco-friendly supplies: The Orioles and Delaware North utilize many eco-friendly concessions supplies throughout the ballpark.
- LED light installation: LED light installation at Oriole Park was completed in March 2017. The new, energy-efficient lighting system features dimming control and instant on/off capabilities, while reducing energy consumption by 54% compared to the previous lighting equipment. Additionally, each light is addressable which allows programmed light shows and no replay flicker will be captured on broadcasts.
- Local and sustainable: Through the Greener Fields Together program, the Orioles and Delaware North partner with local produce companies to focus on advanced sustainability from seed to fork.
- Electronic vehicle charging stations: In November 2016, the Maryland Stadium Authority partnered with the Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI) and installed Electrical Vehicle Support Equipment Charging Stations.
Boston Red Sox
- The Red Sox have partnered with Aspiration to help offset the carbon footprint of fans attending games at Fenway Park this season by investing a portion of each ticket purchased into Aspiration’s Planet Protection Fund. The Planet Protection Fund invests in high quality conservation and restoration carbon projects. In addition to offsetting the carbon footprint of fans, the “greening” of Fenway Park has been ongoing since 2008 when the club was the first in MLB to install solar panels on its rooftop. Since that time, the Red Sox created the Fenway Park green team to recycle items during games, and through a partnership with Waste Management, the club is able to divert 250 tons of recycling and 300 tons of compost from landfills each season. In 2015, the Red Sox installed Fenway Farms, a rooftop garden that serves farm-to-table produce with zero carbon emissions.
- As of 2020, for year-to-date recycling efforts the Cubs have saved nearly 2,000 trees, nearly 570,000 gallons of water and nearly 1,200 yards of landfill space.
- Have completed installation of energy-efficient hot water systems with energy management controls, efficient appliances and fixtures and smart lighting and HVAC solutions across our campus.
- Have employed the use of construction materials harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the job site where possible, to reduce transportation emissions and support the local economy, and transported construction debris to recycling centers.
- Sourced produce from local, sustainable sources whenever possible to reduce fuel consumption and minimized food waste as part of the Measurable Waste Reduction and Waste Tracking initiative.
- Reduced plastic usage with compostable food packing and utensils in the ballpark and front office, and provided reusable, customized metal tumblers to staff.
- Installed green roofs on Hotel Zachary, Gallagher Way and broadcast building.
- Uniquely positioned in a neighborhood and near several public transportation hubs, public transportation continues to be promoted and a free bicycle valet service is offered to fans.
- Received U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for our front office building (1101 W. Waveland).
Chicago White Sox
- Aluminum cups will be rolled out this season.
- For the 2022 season, the White Sox are continuing to retrofit their lights to LED lighting, with the focus being on restrooms, dining areas and their patio kitchen.
- The Reds are continuing their recycling program this year, which includes on-site cardboard baling, comingled recycling and E-Waste. The Reds have worked with their energy supplier to provide Great American Ball Park with 25% renewable energy, and all ballpark lighting has been converted to LED, including field lights. The team’s concessionaire, Delaware North, sends their unused food to the organization “Last Mile," who in turn distributes it to local food banks and kitchens.
- Continue to divert food scraps away from the landfill and turn the scraps into reusable energy source. 121.2 tons were diverted in 2019.
- Continue to replace outdated lighting fixtures with LED.
- Have replaced 75% of office lights with LED lighting.
Recycling program includes cardboard, plastic, aluminum, cooking oil, metals, batteries, electronics, construction debris, glass, pallets, compost, grass clippings, shrubbery and more.
Cardboard - Recycle 170 tons of cardboard annually.
- Each ton of recycled cardboard saves 17 35-foot trees; the Rockies save 2,830 35-foot trees each year.
- Recycling cardboard cuts emissions of sulfur dioxide in half and saves.
Plastic - Recycle 54 tons of plastic annually.
- Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space; the Rockies save 400 cubic yards of landfill space each year.
Glass - Recycle 16 tons of glass annually.
- Energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- Using recycled glass to make a glass cuts related air pollution by up to 20% and water pollution by 50%.
Compost - Recycle 150 tons of compost annually.
Fryer oil - Recycle 10 tons (3,000 gallons) of fryer oil annually.
- 380 gallons of fryer oil (equivalent to two barrels of oil) is enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles.
Metal - Recycle 55 tons of metal annually.
Restroom paper products: 100% of the paper products we purchase for our restrooms are made from recycled paper and are UL ECOLOGO certified. Also, our paper products meet the Green Seal standard GS-1 based on chlorine free processing, energy and water efficiency, and content of 100% recovered material.
LED light retrofits:
- All lighting in these areas are LED: Main Concourse, Mezzanine, Platte River Rendezvous Picnic Area, Gate D entrance, the high bay on Right Field Club Level and all ad lighting on the Main and Upper Concourse.
- Brand-new LED lights for our Stadium Lighting towers.
- These areas total approximately 2,000 LED lights, which use less energy, last longer and require less maintenance, in the ballpark.
Energy efficiency system:
- Upgraded building automation system.
- Added VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) on all 52 air handling units.
- Added VFDs on all large motors in the building: four pumps for the chiller rooms, four pumps for the boiler rooms, two pumps for the cooling towers and five pumps for the vault pumps.
- Two new energy efficient boilers with added VFDs.
- New hydronic field heat system that was previously all electric.
- Center field solar panels 48 provide enough energy to power the Rockpile LED board.
- Installed 72 solar panels on the parking garage façade in the main lot.
The Coors Field Garden: In 2013, the Rockies and ARAMARK, the Rockies exclusive food and beverage partner, introduced a sustainable garden at the ballpark, the first of its kind in baseball and imitated in the years since. The Rockies have partnered with Produce Denver and other local organizations who have assisted with the actual planting and maintenance of the garden over the years. Located behind the center-field wall of Coors Field, adjacent to Gate A, the 600-square-foot space is designed to mimic a baseball field, with beetle-kill pinewood raised beds terracing upwards from the garden's "infield" to the outfield stands. The Garden produces assorted vegetables and herbs, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, purple kale, chives, parsley, thyme and rosemary, providing Coors Field chefs with herbs and produce for use in the Mountain Ranch Club restaurant and the build-your-own salad stations in the ballpark. The Garden also features organic soil and irrigation drip lines made from recycled materials.
- The Tigers’ “Going Green Night,” in conjunction with DTE Energy, will be held Saturday, May 29, when the Yankees visit Comerica Park. There will be a reusable tote giveaway that afternoon, and DTE will be sharing energy efficiency and green tips throughout the game.
- Changed out the hand soap dispensers and containers, meaning that the containers the public restroom hands soap comes in is now 100% recyclable. Once the soap container is empty it can be simply thrown into the recycling container.
- Have converted from traditional lights to LED lights on their video board, ribbon boards and maintenance work lights.
- Utilize environmentally conscious elements at Comerica Park, including the use of the “Tiger Den” seats, which are comprised of recycled plastic milk jugs.
- Have converted all suites and suite level to LED lighting in addition to the on field light towers.
- Have continued to retrofit, completing the change to LED lighting in the player parking garage and over 50% of the ballpark’s restrooms.
- Still have single stream recycling for fans along with our electronic, pallet and cardboard recycling. Additionally, left over food from events (including baseball games) is donated to Second Servings to feed those in need.
- Have switched our disposable service ware to eco-friendly material for food service.
Kansas City Royals
- Collecting food from our main kitchen and sending it off to compost.
- Have glass recycle bins at each gate and all of our premium bar areas.
Los Angeles Angels
- Since 2017, over 100 tons of food scraps and waste from Angel Stadium kitchens and commissaries have been diverted away from landfills and converted into compost and renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.
- Angel Stadium continues a multi-year plan to convert stadium lighting fixtures and bulbs to LED efficient lighting. This effort has already reduced the energy consumption of Angel Stadium by 60%. In 2021, lighting fixtures will be converted in clubhouse areas, stadium offices, terrace concourse and service tunnels.
- Glass, aluminum and plastic recycling continues to be a major part of the Angel Stadium Sustainability Program. Sixty-four tons of these materials were recycled from January and February 2020 events at Angel Stadium.
- Angel Stadium landscaping and yard waste is reused and repurposed into mulch and fertilizer used onsite.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Have planted more than 100 trees that require less water (and are more drought tolerant) around the ballpark and surrounding areas.
- Donate their leftover food items to Midnight Mission. In 2019, they donated 34,648 food items totaling $12,883.76.
- Donated office furniture from their sales offices remodel back in February 2019 to their Dream Foundation, which supports youth development programs. The total came to 18,857 lbs of desks, cubicles, file cabinets, etc.
- Landscape design features native plant species, as well as species which have lower water demands, achieving a 60% potable water use reduction for irrigation purposes.
- loanDepot Park is the first retractable roof sports facility in the world to earn LEED Gold Certification.
- Since its inception during the 2021 season, fans at American Family Field are able to place plastic drink cups branded with the SC Johnson logo and messaging in specially-designed receptacles to separate them from other waste. SC Johnson collects the cups and use the recycled plastic in its Scrubbing Bubbles® bottles.
- The Brewers were the first U.S. professional sports team to link a waste stream to a specific product, closing the recycling loop and tackling one of the biggest barriers to plastic recycling in the U.S. and globally: the lack of markets for recycled material. Today, only 13% of plastic packaging in the U.S. is recycled, and much of what is placed into mixed recycling bins is not recyclable at all.
- In 2022, 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.
- Twins sustainability statement: The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success -- both on and off the field -- is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. We honor the power of sport by leading through example, and we will continue to use sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with our fans, community, suppliers and partners and employees to have a positive influence in the world.
- LEED Certified: After the Twins opened Target Field as the second Major League Baseball facility to earn LEED Silver for New Construction (in 2010), the team then became the first professional sports franchise to receive LEED Silver for both construction and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (in 2011). In 2017, the Twins became the first to attain LEED Gold for operations and maintenance of their facility; the club earned recertification in 2019.
- USGBC Leadership Award: In recognition of the Twins' outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry, the U.S. Green Building Council honored the organization with a 2019 Leadership Award. The Twins, heralded as a "model for sustainability in the sporting world," were awarded for using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them.
- Capturing and reusing rainwater: Through a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, the Twins have captured, purified and reused more than 19 million total gallons of rainwater, drastically reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field. The majority of the recycled rainwater is used to wash down the seating bowl attached to the main concourse.
- Recycling, composting and converting waste to energy: Through aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs, the Twins have kept more than 12,127 tons of waste out of local landfills from 2011 to 2019:
- 3,894 tons of trash have been sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center.
- 4,592 tons of waste have been recycled from Target Field
- 3,642 tons of organic materials have been composted and diverted from landfills
- Since 2015, the Twins have partnered with Eco-Products -- the nation's leading brand of single-use foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources -- to supply Target Field's compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. Much of the packaging relies on a material called Ingeo™, a compostable resin made by a company called NatureWorks headquartered a short distance from Target Field in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Thanks to the partnership with Eco-Products and the help of fans, the Twins have composted more than 2,700 tons of trash from 2015-19.
- Donating unused food to local charities: The Twins and concession partner Delaware North Sportservice donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season. Through a partnership with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc., representatives from Joseph's Storehouse in Brooklyn Park box up all prepared but untouched meals at Target Field, donating the unused food from Target Field to local charities. To date, these efforts have kept more than 63 tons of waste out of local landfills. Throughout the partnership, the Twins have donated:
- 345,950 hot dogs and brats
- 56,880 hamburgers
- 27,052 chicken breasts
- Connecting people and places - Target Field station: Opened in 2014 at 5th Street North and 5th Avenue North in Downtown Minneapolis (north side of Target Field, near Gate 6), Target Field Station is a multi-modal transportation hub offering commuters, baseball fans and downtown visitors connections to 500 trains daily via the METRO Blue and Green lines and the Northstar Commuter Rail.
- Reducing energy use via LED lighting: Installed between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the field lighting at Target Field was upgraded to LED technology. By reducing fixture count from 746 to approximately 512, energy use was reduced by approximately 55 percent. LED fixtures were also used to illuminate the underside of the ballpark canopy.
- "Living Wall" Batter's Eye brings beauty, playability and sustainability: New in 2019, the Target Field "living wall" batter's eye - the first of its kind in Major League Baseball - incorporates approximately 5,700 sea green juniper plants, individually installed and secured in a tiered, multiple-tray system. Together, the junipers create a consistent, stationary background of lush greenery, providing both beauty and a world-class hitter's backdrop. The structure is self-irrigated via Pentair's rain water system.
New York Mets
- Signed on to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
- Offset 100% of their carbon emissions (Scopes 1, 2 & 3 including team and fan travel) with a portfolio that includes REC’s through wind power and VER offsets with forest protection & efficient cookstoves projects.
- Have Green Teams for 10 home games.
- Back of house & field/yard waste compost program and postgame food donations.
- Waterless urinals, low-flow fixtures and XLERATOReco hand dryers throughout ballpark.
- 65,000 square feet of porous pavement in the bus lot.
- 96,000 square feet of reflective roofing.
New York Yankees
- The New York Yankees became the first major North American sports team to sign on to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, the aim of which is to bring greenhouse emissions in line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement and inspire others to take ambitious climate action. The Yankees are committed to responsible greenhouse gas management and serve on the UN’s Convention for Climate Change Steering Committee. New York Yankees’ efforts to adopt best practices have been led by Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, who is the organization’s Environmental Science Advisor. The appointment was the first of its kind in professional sports and serves to deepen an existing dedication to environmentally-friendly practices and community-wide awareness. Hershkowitz guides a number of new and existing environmental initiatives for the Yankees and Yankee Stadium, with a primary focus on the areas of energy use, waste management, water conservation and food service. For the last three years, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has awarded Yankee Stadium with the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. “Good Health" is UN Sustainable Development Goal #3, and the WELL rating requirements serve as a blueprint for best operating procedures to help combat COVID-19, while also providing world-class standards for overall health and safety for fans and team employees, including players and field staff. In 2020, Yankee Stadium became the first sports and entertainment venue in the world to receive the designation.
- Our big initiative this season is to continue improvement of our waste sorting program with ASM Maintenance and back of house composting with Aramark in our kitchens.
- The Phillies continue to partner with OVG360 and Aramark with their Red Goes Green program, created in 2008 in an effort to be greener and friendlier. The Phillies Red Goes Green program includes the year-round recycling of various materials at the Phillies ballpark including plastic, aluminum bottles, lights, carpet tiles, batteries, cardboard and appropriate construction debris.
- Fans can also get in on the recycling fun by becoming part of the Phillies Red Goes Green Team presented by Waste Management. During weekend home games, groups are invited to assist with the Phillies recycling efforts by volunteering to collect recyclable items from fans throughout the seating bowl.
- In addition, as part of the Red Goes Green initiative, all the field tower lighting, as well as the recently refurbished Phillies Home Run Liberty Bell, at Citizens Bank Park is LED. Also, food waste from all Phillies kitchens is composted through W.B. Saul High School's Henry Got Compost student composting initiative, and an overnight crew after games focuses on aluminum can separation recycling.
- Another highlight: For the 12th year in a row, the Phillies are partnering with PGW and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Home Runs for Trees. For each home run hit by a Phillies player during the season, a tree will be planted in the Delaware Valley. More than 1,500 trees have been planted through Home Runs for Trees.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates provided new uniforms for their team members for the 2022 season. Each new uniform shirt was made of six recycled bottles.
- The Urban Garden powered by Duquesne Light will be utilized to produce a variety of herbs and vegetables hand selected by Pirates Team Chef Tony Palatucci. The food grown onsite will be used in the meals prepared by Chef Tony to assist in fueling the Pirates.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates and Grow Pittsburgh have worked together to maintain the Urban Garden powered by Duquesne Light. Urban Farmers in Training is a program provided by Grow Pittsburgh to teach youth high school students about all things pertaining to sustainability and improving our planet. During the summer the Pirates will host Grow Pittsburgh and the Urban Farmers in Training group at PNC Park through multiple instructional sessions.
- Players for the Planet has Mitch Keller participating in their Playing for Reforestation initiative this season. Mitch has committed his strikeouts to planting of trees this season.
San Diego Padres
- The Padres recently added Thermal Energy Storage (TES) to the commissary walk in freezers. The system charges during off peak hours and discharges during peak hours to keep the refrigeration compressors from running.
- The San Diego Padres are adding a 125 kilowatt hour battery energy storage system (BESS) to our 336kw solar array. The new battery system will be installed in May.
- In conjunction with Delaware North, the Padres use a program called LeanPath. LeanPath is used to help with food waste. LeanPath is technology and coaching which has a meaningful impact on the environment, at the same time it improves kitchen efficiency. LeanPath culinary teams have prevented over 60 million pounds of food from being wasted. LeanPath invented an automated food waste tracking technology which provides a complete food waste prevention solution, including data-collection tools. Delaware North chefs are using this technology to help prevent food waste within the ballpark.
San Francisco Giants
- Major League Baseball named the San Francisco Giants as co-recipient, along with the Seattle Mariners, of the 2020 Green Glove Award, which recognizes the MLB Club with the highest waste diversion rate, after diverting 98% of all waste leaving Oracle Park from local landfills. The earning of this most recent Green Glove marks the 12th Green Glove Award in 13 seasons for the Giants, who collected nine consecutive awards between 2008 and 2016.
- To further enhance health and safety measures of the ballpark, the Giants earned the GBAC Certification which means they have:
- Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
- The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
- Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
- Oracle Park was recently certified in 2019 as LEED Platinum for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance — the first sports venue in America to earn this.
- The Giants were recognized as an Innovator of the Year in 2019 by the Green Sports Alliance.
- The Giants were awarded the Environmental Service Award by the San Francisco Department of the Environment in 2019.
- The Seattle Mariners achieved a recycling rate of 98% for 2020, meaning almost all the waste produced at T-Mobile Park was either recycled, composted or reused.
- Through conservation, retrofitting and efficient operations, the Mariners have significantly reduced the use of natural gas, water and electricity through such measures as re-lamping the field with energy efficient LED fixtures, the first ballpark in MLB to do so. Now, all fixtures inside and outside the ballpark are being replaced with LED lights, which use 75% less energy than incandescent lights. The energy saved from the outside lights alone will be enough electricity to power 400 homes.
- The next phase is incorporating sustainability into infrastructure projects, including the long-term renovation and improvement commitments the Mariners have made to maintain T-Mobile Park as a first class facility.
St. Louis Cardinals
- In 2019, the Cardinals expanded their rooftop Redbird Garden by 33%. Delaware North has partnered with Urban Harvest to provide 25% of the garden’s footprint to grow food solely for donations to local pantries. Delaware North has also committed to donating 50% of what is grown to local pantries as well. Executive Chef Larry Johnson’s goal is to utilize the micro greens and mushrooms in several dishes here at the stadium.
- The St. Louis Cardinals recycle an average of 8.45 tons per game.
- In addition to having a Green Team during the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals have implemented 4AGreenerGame Ballpark Experience designed to inform participants about what the Cardinals are doing at Busch Stadium to help the environment, encourage participants to follow the three R’s — reduce, reuse, recycle — in order to become good stewards of the earth, and engage participants in three different hands-on activities.
Tampa Bay Rays
- The Rays are actively engaged with BayWatch and our employees volunteer to plant sea grass beds and on other projects to restore Tampa Bay.
- Have retrofitted about 95% of all lighting, including the baseball lights. In 2019, we replaced over 700 metal halide lights used for baseball to LED.
- This has provided us better reliability, conserved energy and the potential savings of $300k per year.
- Some of our parking lots that feature LED lights and time clocks programmed to shut off when they are not needed. Our other lots that do not have LED lights still feature the time clocks to limit their operating time.
- We primarily use water from ballpark lakes for irrigation on grass areas of our exterior landscaping.
- Globe Life Field’s retractable roof is equipped with translucent ETFE panels that allow ample natural light into the building cutting back on energy (lighting) costs.
- Globe Life Field has a synthetic playing surface that requires very little water compared to the natural grass of our previous ballpark. The infill used in this turf is also comprised of natural materials rather than the rubber pellets used in most synthetic surfaces.
- Globe Life Field’s building automation system with graphical displays keep our ballpark running extremely efficient. Data monitoring services watch mechanical system trends in the building and send alerts when the systems are not being used optimally -- if too many chillers are running or are running faster than necessary.
- We studied, implemented and tracked changes in our chiller plant water temperature that allowed for use to be more efficient and at a cost savings. As a result we saw energy savings at the plant level while maintaining equal output.
- Globe Life Field is outfitted with a propriety tracking technology concourse restrooms. KOLO technology tracks usage and levels of all soap, paper towel and toilet paper through sensors that can be monitored remotely via PC, laptop or app. This minimizes waste, downtime of dispensers and worker efficiency.
- Globe Life Field’s restrooms are equipped with low-flow toilets and paper product dispensers that monitor and report when these dispensers get low, which in turn, reduce paper product waste.
- Globe Life Field is equipped with LED field lights.
- Globe Life Field has areas and items that have been built using recycled or reclaimed materials. Examples of this include using reclaimed wood for tables on our concourses and walls in our suites level.
- Native plants have been used around Globe Life Field’s exterior. These plants require less water and generally do not require as much maintenance as plants not native to this climate.
- Our collected kitchen grease from our concessionaire is taken to a recycling plants, where they can then be cleaned and recycled, therefore eliminating waste.
- Concession foods not used during games our events are donated to Mission Arlington to help resupply pantries and to be distributed.
Toronto Blue Jays
- We are continuing our commitment to divert as much waste from landfill as possible by identifying new streams of waste we can recycle and training staff to sort recyclables from waste. We recycle all cardboard, metal, plastics, aluminum, paper, food waste, glass, electronic waste and furniture donations.
- The Toronto Blue Jays have received the Green Glove Award for the highest diversion rate in the American League East for three years running (2019, 2020, 2021).
- We just completed converting 22 water bottle filling stations installed in our concourses and player facilities to track the amount of plastic bottles saved as we encourage refilling and using reusable bottled water.
- New LED field bowl lighting installed this year.
- Elimination of plastic straws.
- All concessions food service ware and packaging is either recyclable or compostable.
- All untouched surplus food is donated to Second Harvest to help feed our community.
- In partnership with Carefirst, we will be planting and harvesting various foods with the goal of reaching 12 tons donated to the surrounding community.
- All of the outdoor furniture at Nationals Park is in the process of being replaced by furniture made fully from recycled milk jugs.
- We are one of 10 MLB teams participating in AB's Recycle like a Champion Campaign to increase sustainability and promote recycling within the park.
- Our playing field was recycled after last offseason, resulting in 680 tons of recycled top soil to be used in other projects.
- We will be implementing a "Green Team" of volunteers to promote recycling and sustainability through in game promotions and activations.
- Our logistics staff purchased uniforms made from fully recycled materials and will continue using them for the full season.