BOSTON, MA – In recognition of Earth Day, the Red Sox will participate in volunteer cleanup efforts in the Fenway neighborhood and celebrate their partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sustainability Initiative by recognizing its members in a pregame ceremony before tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners.
The club has worked with MIT’s Sustainability Initiative since 2019 to design greening activities for waste diversion and electric energy reduction. In addition to the pregame ceremony, Red Sox players will wear specially designed Earth Day sleeve patches on their jersey’s during tonight’s game.
On Friday, April 23, members of the Red Sox front office will participate in an Earth Week cleanup of Charlesgate Park in the Kenmore Square area of the Fenway neighborhood. The effort is organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a Boston-based organization dedicated to the restoration, improvement, and maintenance of the Emerald Necklace parks.
Each year, the Red Sox have marked Earth Day by focusing on ways to make Fenway Park more environmentally sustainable. Those efforts have included offsetting the ballpark’s electricity use with Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs); partnering with energy suppliers on 20 different energy conservation projects, such as LED lighting installation, automated lighting controls, and efficient HVAC systems; and divert approximately 3.4 million pounds of recycling and composting from landfills with recycling partner Waste Management since 2017.
Fenway Park’s greening efforts began in 2008 with the creation of the Fenway Park Green Team, presented by Dasani. Since that time, the club has installed solar panels on its rooftop and irrigation timing controls on the field to minimize water and fertilizer use. In 2015, the club created an organic, rooftop garden, Fenway Farms, presented by Aramark, Sage Fruit, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Orsted, Pennington, Builder’s Gin, and Nellie’s. Fenway Farms provides approximately 6,000 pounds of produce seasonally with almost no emissions and much of its produce and herbs used on site at ballpark concession stands and in club restaurants.
The club’s greening efforts have been recognized with awards from the EPA, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and MassRecycle. For more information on the greening of Fenway Park, click here.