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See How the Giants are Cleaning up the Planet with Every Pitch

By Bryan Murphy

Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Today’s Earth Day, a day that reminds us that every bit of waste we make causes unknowable misery for flora and fauna somewhere else in the world. That straw I used to drink my iced coffee with no doubt wound up in a tortoise’s nose. The phone I’m going to use later to read your comments underneath this article not only causes suicides at the factory where it was made, but creates toxic earth that no doubt finds its way into water tables. Sorry about that! I’m a monster!

Human beings just make a mess wherever they go. And we work really hard to make sure we have to do the bare minimum to clean up after ourselves, even affecting laws to make sure we can just dump waste into the ocean. In recent years, the idea of “being green” has been built up as good public relations, and a lot of organizations have done some work to make the appeal to Money that sustainability efforts can also help reduce costs. The San Francisco Giants have, in particular, have heeded the clarion call for responsible energy use and waste management and are one of baseball’s leaders in this area.

Baseball stadiums generate a lot of waste, and not just wasted time between pitches, pitches that are wasted by hitters fouling them off, or wasted scoring opportunities. Think about all the containers your food comes in, all the souvenir packaging, foam fingers, electricity, etc. etc. It feels overwhelming to think about it all, but the Giants have developed some initiatives to deal with the sheer tonnage of waste generated every single time a scheduled game is played.

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MLB, Boys & Girls Clubs Pitch in for Earth Day

By Bill Ladson

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Earth Day is Sunday, but about 20 employees from Major League Baseball received an early start on Saturday. MLB partnered with its official charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to enhance the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria, N.Y.

The volunteers worked on revitalizing the club, which included planting flowers and food such as spinach and kiwi. They also enhanced the club’s media room by painting objects on the wall in the basement. Scotts Miracle-Gro, the official lawn and garden company of MLB, donated materials to support the landscaping project.

Alexander Brown, the director of the Boys & Girls Club in Astoria, said it was incredible to get MLB employees to volunteer their services to the organization.

“The volunteers are excited to be doing something different and uplifting because it’s going to be seen,” Brown said. “Once we do our videos and put them on social media, the volunteers will be able to look back and see what they were able to contribute.”

It’s not surprising to Thomas Brasuell, vice president of community affairs for MLB, to see MLB employees volunteer their services at the Boys & Girls Club.

“We have a number of employees from our central office, our office in Secaucus, [N.J.], the MLB offices downtown,” Brasuell said. “Every time we volunteer — whether it’s setting up supplies for hurricane victims, stuffing food packages for people who are in need of food across the world, fixing the [Boys & Girls] club, fixing a park — our employees always step up and [are] always giving back.”

MLB was the first professional sports league to have all of its clubs as members of the Green Sports Alliance, which promotes healthy, sustainable communities in sports. MLB clubs diverted more than 20,000 tons of recycled or composted waste during the 2017 season. Each year, MLB awards the eco-friendliest club with its “Green Glove Award,” with the Mariners winning for the first time last year.

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D-backs to celebrate Earth Day

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The D-backs will celebrate Earth Day tomorrow starting with a harvest of the D-backs Greens Urban Garden, presented by UnitedHealthcare. The D-backs will also incorporate messaging for fans throughout the game on how they can help live a more sustainable lifestyle at the ballpark and at home. In addition, ASU School of Sustainability Dean Chris Boone will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

D-backs Greens, presented by UnitedHealthCare is a vertical garden visible to both fans and commuters on the exterior of the ballpark. In collaboration with Flower Street Urban Gardens, the D-backs added D-backs Greens at the end of last year making it the first vertical garden in Major League Baseball. When harvesting the plants in the garden, the D-backs and UnitedHealthcare work with local schools to involve children in the process to help teach kids about how they can grow their own fruits and vegetables at home. This Sunday, the vegetables and herbs harvested from the D-backs Greens garden will be donated to Kitchen on the Street. In addition, Flower Street Urban Gardens will provide a free garden to one school and one business.

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