The Green Business Partnership of Sarasota County recently recognized the Baltimore Orioles for their commitment to environmental sustainability at Ed Smith Stadium, their spring training home in Florida. The certification recognizes the team’s commitment to green operations in many facets of the facility.
Seventy percent of energy use at the stadium is offset by renewable energy sources, helping mitigate the impacts of Spring Training games. Ed Smith Stadium has also integrated several water-saving measures, including the use of reclaimed water in toilet flushing and irrigation for the field and surrounding landscaping. The team has also installed solar-heating systems for locker room showers.
Around the stadium, the effective installation of batting helmet-shaped recycling containers (“Fan Cans”) has improved the waste diversion rate. The team also works with All Faith’s Food Bank to reduce waste from unused food from concessionaires, and has partnered with other local organizations to improve community outreach and involvement.
In June 2009 MetLife Stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the intention of improving the facility’s environmental sustainability and becoming a steward of green operation. The EPA released its annual assessment of the stadium’s progress toward that goal this week, and the data showcases significant gains at the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
The analysis shows that MetLife Stadium has reduced its carbon footprint by the equivalent of over 234,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, saving the facility nearly $20 million in operating costs in just under four years of action. The reductions are equivalent to the annual emission of over 48,000 vehicles or the annual energy use in more than 12,000 homes.
These gains were largely the result of several initiatives put into place at MetLife Stadium. The most recognizable step was the installation of a solar-energy ring around the top of the stadium to mitigate the energy usage at the venue, which went online in August 2012. But the biggest gains came from an aggressive energy-conservation program at the stadium that reduced energy use by 20% from the opening baselines.
The EPA also noted the efforts by MetLife Stadium to expand green purchasing decisions, sustainable landscaping, increases in recycling and composting, and water conservation through low-flow installations and waterless urinals. As host of the 2014 Super Bowl, MetLife Stadium has quantitatively shown progress toward its stated mission to host the greenest championship game to date.
Read the full assessment here. [PDF]
Andrew Ference, the Stanley Cup-winning defenseman for the Boston Bruins, is teaming up with international energy provider National Grid and CBS Radio to promote a residential energy efficiency initiative throughout New England. Ference, who was the keynote speaker at last year’s Green Sports Summit Evening at the Ballpark, continues his environmental advocacy with this new partnership to educate National Grid’s two million customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The promotion, which includes the chance to win Bruins tickets and offers grand prizes of $7,500 for efficiency renovations in the homes of contest winners, highlights National Grid’s commitment to efficient energy use by its customers. The company hopes to engage with customers to help them use energy in their homes in ways that reduce expenses and promote environmental sustainability.
Through April, National Grid will offer no-cost energy audits for customers at their residences. As part of the audits, 22 low-income residents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will receive grants between $2,500 and $7,500 toward energy-efficient retrofits in their homes. Elementary and middle schools in the two states are also eligible for the audits and a chance at the grants as well as a chance at a visit from Ference.
Read the full article here.