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D-Backs to Celebrate Earth Day Tomorrow

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The D-backs will celebrate Earth Day tomorrow by incorporating messaging for fans throughout the game on how they can help live a more sustainable lifestyle at the ballpark and at home. Many of the in-game activities will be centered around Earth Day, including the D-backs Match game, a dbTV game which will feature cards displaying how fans can be more environmentally responsible, and an Inning of Winning, in which a fan will try to recycle as many plastic bottles as possible. The D-backs Legends Race will include the Legends cleaning up recyclables as they run and throughout the game, the D-backs will showcase some of their sustainability efforts.

This Sunday, the D-backs will give away a reusable D-backs Water Bottle to the first 5,000 kids, courtesy of Smile Generation, to further educate young fans on the benefits of reducing waste and becoming more environmentally friendly.

New in 2017, the D-backs have taken great strides to make Chase Field and D-backs games a more environmentally-friendly experience for fans, including:

  • In partnership with Waste Management, the D-backs added 200 dual recycling bins throughout all concourses; each bin is made with 1,300 recycled milk jugs
  • Replaced paper towel dispensers with 50 high-efficiency hand dryers in concourse restrooms, which will reduce over 1,000 miles of paper towels from the annual waste stream
  • Retrofitted 425 toilets and 260 urinals with low-flow flush valves, reducing water usage in these areas by 50%
  • In partnership with Levy Restaurants and Waste Management, the D-backs launched a compost program to collect organics from ballpark kitchens

The D-backs continue to make sustainability a priority, and over the years have incorporated the following changes to positively affect environmental change:

  • D-backs’ Spring Training complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, was the first LEED Gold-certified sports venue of its kind in the United States
  • The APS Solar Pavilion, which covers 17,280 square feet above the Chase Field plaza near the ballpark’s western entrances and ticket office, provides extra shade over the ballpark’s heaviest used entrances and generates 100,000 kWh of solar energy; enough electricity to power the lights at Chase Field for 11 home games
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud members of the Green Sports Alliance, a groundbreaking coalition of professional sports teams and sporting venues committed to promoting “greening initiatives” in sports.
  • Fans with electric powered vehicles can charge their cars at one of the three electric car charging stations located at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Jackson
  • Completed this past off-season, all concourse lighting, administrative parking, player parking and ballpark parking garages have been converted to energy-efficient LED, resulting in 60% savings in power consumption annually
  • Utilize a Building Management System for timely and efficient control of facility lighting and cooling, further reducing energy consumption
  • Over the past 4 seasons, the D-backs and Levy Restaurants have donated more than 23 tons of unused concessions food, which equates to roughly 38,000 individual meals
  • All of the disposable cutlery and plates Levy Restaurants uses at Chase Field are recyclable or compostable
  • Full and half-season Season Ticket Holders are issued a reusable “Loyalty Cup” to use for discounted beverage refills which minimizes waste
  • Uniforms worn by D-backs game day staff are made from RPET material, in which 16 recycled bottles contributed to the fabric of each shirt

For more information on D-backs sustainability efforts, visit dbacks.com/green.

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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