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On Earth Day, MLB’s efforts in (LED) spotlight

From the new LED field lighting at Camden Yards to the electric vehicle charging stations at SunTrust Park; from the new Green Team at Progressive Field to fresh landscaping around Dodger Stadium; from Boston’s carbon-neutral game to the garden at Safeco Field; from the Rays’ efforts to help oyster reefs to the eighth annual Green Week in St. Louis, Major League Baseball and all 30 of its clubs are ready to celebrate environmental stewardship on Earth Day.

What happens 365 days a year becomes more of a happening on Saturday, as more than one billion people will participate in Earth Day activities with a focus on raising awareness and civic involvement. MLB on Thursday announced plans by citing increasing examples of league-wide sustainability efforts, including extensive plans for All-Star Week in Miami.

“We are pleased with the diverse and effective environmental initiatives we will implement throughout this Championship Season,” said Paul Hanlon, MLB’s senior director of ballpark operations and sustainability. “We also are very grateful for the commitment by the MLB clubs to support sustainability through their own practices. While efforts are ongoing, we are proud of what we have accomplished thus far and look forward to continuing to care for our environment through new and creative ways.”

MLB is the first league to have all of its 30 clubs as members of the Green Sports Alliance, which promotes healthy, sustainable communities in sports. Each year, MLB awards the eco-friendliest club with its Green Glove Award, given to the Giants in 2016 for the ninth straight time. Clubs emphasize sustainability efforts through waste diversion, composting and energy-efficient practices throughout the season; this includes many clubs with comprehensive on-site gardens, Green Teams to collect recyclables, LED field lighting and solar panel installations.

Nine Major League parks operate their own garden: AT&T Park, Busch Stadium, Citi Field, Coors Field, Fenway Park, Nationals Park, Camden Yards, Progressive Field and Safeco Field. The gardens at AT&T Park, Busch Stadium, Fenway Park, Coors Field, Nationals Park, Progressive Field and Safeco Field are all utilized to source food for concession stands and restaurants at the ballpark. They are also used as a teaching tool to inform the public about the importance of their local environment and serve as fan gathering spots throughout a game.

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Renovate America Honors Padres with Energy HERO Award

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

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Officials from San Diego-based Renovate America announced today that they are awarding the San Diego Padres with the first-ever “Energy HERO” Award, in recognition of the organization’s outstanding leadership and innovation to conserve resources and protect the environment.

The Padres have made significant investments to improve water and energy efficiency at PETCO Park as part of a suite of efforts that comprise the team’s Go Green Initiative. The team has also maximized recycling opportunities for fans, vendors and staff and taken advantage of the latest technologies aimed at limiting water and energy waste.

“Sustainability is a team effort: Everyone has a part to play when it comes to reducing our region’s demand for water and energy, and the Padres are leading by example,” said JP McNeill, Founder and CEO of Renovate America.

Renovate America provides financing for home energy- and water-efficiency retrofits as well as renewable energy projects like home solar systems. The company’s flagship HERO Program allows property owners to pay for efficiency-oriented improvements over time through their property taxes.

“By slashing overall energy usage in PETCO Park by 40 percent and by conserving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a year, the Padres are showing fans that commitment to sustainability starts at home,” McNeill said. “At Renovate America, we share this ideal: our HERO Program is on track to save San Diegans nearly half a billion dollars on their future utility bills, not to mention reducing their future residential water usage by more than a billion gallons.”

Padres Vice President of Ballpark Operations and General Manager of PETCO Park Mark Guglielmo said the team was proud and honored to accept the first-ever Energy HERO award from Renovate America.

“A commitment to energy and water conservation, as well as to the implementation of sustainable practices across PETCO Park, are a priority for our organization,” Guglielmo said. “We are proud to partner with local companies like Renovate America that share our commitment to being leaders in this realm.”

Read the full press release here.

 

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