Yankees Establish First Environmental Science Appointee Position in Professional Sports
On Jan. 29, 2019, the New York Yankees announced the creation of an environmental science advisor position, appointing recognized industry leader Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to the new role, the first of its kind in professional sports. The appointment represents a defining moment in the team's decades-long commitment to sustainability, and serves to deepen an existing dedication to environmentally-friendly practices and community-wide awareness. Recognized as one of the most environmentally intelligent and healthiest sports venues in the world, with Hershkowitz as Environmental Science Advisor, the Yankees will look to further advance their efforts and invest in the development of best practices that can be adopted by organizations across the sport sector. Specifically, Hershkowitz will seek to guide a number of new and existing environmental initiatives for the Yankees and at Yankee Stadium, with a primary focus on the areas of energy use, waste management, water conservation, and food services.
Yankees Recognized by New York State as Leader in Innovation and Sustainability
At the 13th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards on Nov. 15, 2016, the N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized the Yankees among eight New York-based organizations for their state-of-the-art programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.
"DEC is proud to present Environmental Excellence Awards to these eight businesses and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in adopting innovative solutions to protect our environment and enhance our economy," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "These projects set a high bar for others to follow in addressing critical environmental and public health issues such as increasing energy efficiency, cleaning up our waters, keeping materials out of landfills, and making our healthcare sector more sustainable."
Yankees Win Environmental Leadership Award from Green Sports Alliance
On June 4, 2015, with former MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, in attendance, the Yankees were the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Leadership Award, presented by the Green Sports Alliance. The award recognizes a sports team and venue that best exemplifies the practices of promoting a sustainable environment. Green Sports Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries across the world. Yankees President Randy Levine (third from L) and V.P. of Stadium Operations Doug Behar (second from R) accepted the award on behalf of the organization.