Pittsburgh Pirates continue their partnership with Duquesne Light, Grow Pittsburgh, ARAMARK, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to re-open PNC Park ballpark garden, the PNC Park Urban Garden. The Urban Garden uses sustainable practices and provides healthy food, grown on-site, to be used in guests' favorite dishes in the ballpark.
LET'S GO BUCS. LET'S GO GREEN.
Duquesne Light Power Hitters is a unique venture that will grow throughout the season as Duquesne Light and the Pirates will partner to plant one tree for every Pirates home run hit this season. The program will assist underserved communities and target historically marginalized neighborhoods because research shows these neighborhoods are more susceptible to "heat island impacts," which can cause impaired water quality, increased energy consumption, and compromised health quality. The neighborhoods are urban areas with buildings, roads, and other infrastructure that absorb the suns heat more than naturally landscaped areas. This causes the neighborhoods to become "islands" of higher temperatures relative to outlying areas. The program will identify these communities and the Pirates and Duquesne Light will coordinate with Pittsburgh Public Works to strategically plant trees to assist.
Just like families at home, our Pirates family works hard each season to reduce, reuse and recycle, not just on Earth Day, but every day. In over a decade of sustainability efforts at PNC Park, the Pirates and our partners have recycled...
That’s the equivalent weight of over 200 T-Rex dinos!
This oil is recycled and eventually used as biofuel.
Including electronics, toner cartridges, metal, batteries and more.
Including 1.3 million plastic bottles used by fans each season.
Plus, all paper in the front office is at least 30% post-consumer material.
Since we have started recycling we have recycled 464 tons of aluminum.
What is composting, anyway?
Composting is organic recycling. Composting allows for the controlled collection of food & organic material, rather than that waste producing methane gas during decomposition in landfills. Direct benefits to soil include increased aeration and structural stability, improved activity of beneficial micro-organisms, faster root development, and ultimately higher yields of agricultural crops.
Consider this: If just 25 Pirates fans diverted their food waste to composting for one year, it would equal eliminating the emissions from a 6,000 mile train trip!
From 2019 to December 31, 2021 the Pirates Charities/PNC Park donated the below:
- 22,680 pounds of untouched prepared food to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
- 18,958 meals to 412 Food Rescue
- Prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 4,326 miles by avg. vehicle.
The Pirates sustainability practices successfully divert more than 70-percent of the ballpark waste out of the waste stream each year, equivalent to more than 1,650 tons of materials. In 2020 the Pirates diversion rate of 75-percent earned the organization Major League Baseball’s Green Glove Award for the highest diversion rate in the National League Central.
- Averaged a 70% diversion rate since the inception of the Pirates sustainability efforts.
- 80% Diversion rate in 2021 a 5% increase from last year.
- 7 time winners of the Green Glove Award for the National League Central.