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Delaware North Sportservice, which provides food, beverage and retail services at more than 50 sports venues across the country, and its environmental stewardship platform GreenPath® is committed to maintain the highest sustainability standards at its ballparks, arenas and stadiums.  Delaware North Sportservice’s team at Progressive Field, along with its partner the Cleveland Indians, have implemented a system to not only cut down on waste at the ballpark, but also convert it into renewable energy.

Progressive Field hosts thousands of fans each year and produces hundreds of tons of waste from unused food and other products. Much of this waste, however, can be diverted from landfills and converted into an energy source.

By partnering with Grind2Energy, the team at Progressive Field installed a system to collect waste that will eventually be turned into energy. Organic waste from the ballpark is collected after each game and pushed through a commercial disposal and piped into a large tank.

When the tank is full, our end user collects the waste and trucks it to their nearby facility, where is it converted through anaerobic digestion into electricity. The facility is completely self-sustaining and any remaining electricity is pushed into the Cleveland Public Power grid. The unprocessed organic waste (after digestion) is then turned into organic fertilizer.

Progressive Field -- Grind 2 Energy

Since implementing the system in 2014, 192 tons of waste has been collected and converted. In 2016, 76 tons of food scraps were collected and converted into energy and fertilizer, which is equal to:

  • Heating 41 homes with natural gas for one month
  • Powering 27 homes with electricity for one month
  • 10,596 pounds of nutrient rich fertilizer
  • Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 121,783 automobile miles

Working with the Cleveland Indians, the majority of initial cost of the waste collection system was covered by a grant through the Ohio EPA.

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.

Read the full story here.

MLB, Boys & Girls Clubs Pitch in for Earth Day

By Bill Ladson

2018.04.25-MLB Earth Day-IMAGE

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.

Read the full story here.

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