The Green Sports Alliance is pleased to honor the New York Yankees on June 4th at Yankee Stadium with the 2015 Environmental Leadership Award, created by artist Dale Chihuly.
Since moving to Yankee Stadium in 2009, the Yankees have made a notable commitment to environmental initiatives including renewable energy, composting, water conservation and sustainable purchasing.
We celebrate the inspirational leadership of the New York Yankees and their continued contributions to environmental sustainability.
Past recipients of the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award include Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig (2012), Philadelphia Eagles Owner Christina Weiss Lurie (2013), and National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman (2014).
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The San Jose Earthquakes broke ground yesterday on an edible garden inside Avaya Stadium, the soccer-specific venue opened this spring by the MLS franchise. The garden is being built as part of the club’s partnership with the City of San José and Santa Clara County. Earthquakes defender Marvell Wynne appeared at the groundbreaking to support the measure, part of the club’s commitment to sustainability that includes recycled-water landscape irrigation, waste-diversion initiatives, and energy conservation measures throughout the stadium.
The garden will include fruit trees traditional to the Santa Clara Valley, featuring apricots, plums, and cherries. In addition to providing edible produce, the garden will also provide an educational component to teach visitors about water conservation, pollution prevention, and sustainability.
“We are proud of our partnership with the City of San José,” Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said in the team’s initial announcement. “With their guidance, we have been able to make Avaya Stadium a leader in educating people about green initiatives. The garden in the 7UP Epicenter is a key piece of that and we are proud that the garden will include fruit trees that were so critical to the growth of this valley.”
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The 45th anniversary of Earth Day provided an opportunity for Major League Baseball teams to showcase their own environmental progress and promote sustainability to fans around the United States. Ballparks from coast to coast redoubled their conservation and waste diversion efforts throughout the week as part of a league-wide commitment to promoting environmental stewardship through the sport of baseball.
The Philadelphia Phillies gave away complimentary trees to community members leading up to its second annual Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Night. Busch Stadium in St. Louis hosted the Cardinals’ sixth annual Green Week, promoting recycling initiatives both inside the ballpark and in the community. The Cleveland Indians teamed up with concessionaire Delaware North for a Greening Awareness event, while the Seattle Mariners hosted a carbon neutral game in conjunction with its sustainability partners.
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, provided the venue for the mayoral announcement of the city’s new campaign to reduce greenhouse gases. And in Cincinnati, host city of this year’s All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced the offset of more than 500,000 kWh of energy and 175,000 gallons of water for this year’s All-Star Week through renewable energy and water restoration credits.
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