Leading the team is Joey McColm, who in addition to being a professional race car driver and engineer, is also a champion for sustainability in auto racing. “I’m determined to lower the environmental impact of this sport, while inspiring those who are watching to do that same,” said McColm.
CBRT has identified a need for change in the motorsports industry, and aims to support this change by recognizing the need for collaboration, education and awareness around environmental sustainability. Their goal is to engage fans to make positive changes for a greener future, in order to pave the way for the next generation of racers.
The team has implemented a number of initiatives since its inception in order to work towards their primary goal of making auto racing more eco-friendly. These initiatives include:
1) Solar Panels – added to team headquarters building, currently producing 1.5 times the energy needed.
2) Zero Waste – the team shops for local food and prepares food beforehand to eliminate waste. In addition, reusable dinnerware and cutlery are used at the race track, and reusable water bottle are used at all times (no plastics). If anything is consumed from a package, the team ensures the package is biodegradable, and no waste is left behind at the track. At the shop, all materials are properly sorted and recycled. The team sends used parts to local amateur race teams for reuse.
3) Education – the team has formed strategic alliances with key stakeholders in order to strengthen their initiatives and messages to fans. Joey McColm and CBRT act as ambassadors for Earth Day Canada and Earth Rangers, in addition to their partnership with Green Sports Alliance.
4) Transportation – the team models responsible commuting to and from race events by carpooling, using public transit and fuel efficient vehicles for some team members (i.e. motorcycles).
Ten vendors greeted fans as they entered Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies, Community Energy, EPA, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Food Policy Advisory Council, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Recyclebank, Revolution Recovery, The Schuylkill Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Waste Management shared with fans ways in which they can be more sustainable in their communities.
Other highlights from the night:
- All fans in attendance received an MLB Network Reusable Tote which includes the Phillies’ Red Goes Green logo.
- Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region, threw out a first ball.
- Base jewels showcased the Red Goes Green logo.
- Elliott Karetny, a ninth grade teacher at Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, NJ, was recognized on field pre-game as the winner of the second annual Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest, sponsored by Citizens Bank. Elliott leads his students in many projects, including performing energy audits in their classrooms, composting and maintaining a 1,000 square foot rain garden that serves as an outdoor classroom.
- Volunteers for the Red Goes Green Team, sponsored by Waste Management, assisted with recycling efforts by collecting aluminum and plastic bottles throughout the seating bowl during the game.
- The Phillies’ exhibit featured a 7 ft. Phanatic made from moss that was created and designed by the Phillies’ landscaping team and featured at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.
The Phillies announced on Earth Day that they have partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) again for the fourth year in a row on Home Runs for Trees. For each home run hit by a player this season, a tree will be planted in the fall. Over the past three years, over 400 trees have been planted through this program.
The partnership also includes a complimentary tree giveaway of 250 trees for fans. Over 600 “Phillies” trees have been distributed to fans since the inception of this program.
For more information on the Phillies’ Red Goes Green program, visit www.phillies.com/redgoesgreen.