The St. Louis Cardinals will host their 5th annual Green Week, April 22 – April 30 in celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with activities to help promote recycling inside and outside of Busch Stadium. The week’s activities include an e-waste recycling drive, a shoe collection drive in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, and the collection of used baseball and softball equipment for donation through “Rawlings Replay.”
During Green Week, and all season long, the Cardinals Green Team volunteers collect recyclables from fans in between innings while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.
Since the launch of 4 A Greener Game in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted approximately 2,400 tons of solid wastes from local landfills. With the help of 550 recycling bins located around the stadium, an average of four tons of trash are recycled each game. The team has also reduced energy use by 20% and water use by 10% since the stadium opened in 2006.
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As part of the team’s focus on more sustainable operations throughout the organization, the St. Louis Rams have partnered with locally-based Microgrid Solar on several new clean-energy projects at the team headquarters. Microgrid will be conducting an energy makeover that will accelerate the Rams work toward their Green Initiative and cut energy costs at Rams Park. The projects already in progress include:
- A 25 kW-output solar installation at Rams Park, including a solar sculpture installed last November
- A comprehensive energy audit to identify further recommendations for facility upgrades
- An educational display for visitors at Rams Park highlighting the team’s green efforts
- Staff and fan outreach to educate and promote responsible energy use
“For the Rams, pursuing these opportunities fits with our green efforts, but it is also a smart operations decision that saves the organization on energy costs,” Lisa Boaz, senior manager of marketing and advertising for the Rams, said about the partnership. “The goal with our green efforts has always been to not only do the right thing, but to help our fans learn from what we are doing, and then we can really have an impact.”
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St. Louis Rams Celebrate 2013 Green Week
It was announced late last month that the Green Sports Alliance has been short-listed as a finalist for the StadiumBusiness Sustainability Award 2014. The StadiumBusiness Awards recognize leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. For the second time in three years, the Alliance has made the short-list for the Sustainability Award. The Alliance is in the hunt to win the award for “achievement, success or leadership in the pursuit of sustainable venue and event management” and is in the esteemed company of the following green sports leaders and projects:
- Allianz Park: ‘Sustainability Focus’, UK
- Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment: ‘Taking Environmentalism to Heart’, Canada
- M&T Bank Stadium: ‘LEED Gold Certification’, USA
- The Llanelli Scarlets for UK’s Largest Stadium Installation of Solar PVs, UK
- United States Tennis Association: ‘Decreasing the Environmental Footprint’, USA
We’re pleased to see many Alliance members on the short-list this year. The winners will be announced during TheStadiumBusiness Summit in London on June 4, 2014. So stay tuned!
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