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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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Oriole Park at Camden Yards Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building

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The Orioles and Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) today announced that after a multi-year effort of research and enhancements, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for an existing building. Oriole Park joins AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., and Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., as LEED Gold certified ballparks in Major League Baseball.

Oriole Park and the accompanying B&O Warehouse, which was awarded with LEED Silver, demonstrate year-round sustainable activities and practices including waste management, recycling, paperless tickets, and reduced energy usage and electrical consumption. More information on the Orioles’ environmentally conscious initiatives, and ways fans and visitors can get involved, can be found at www.orioles.com/gogreen.

Throughout the nation and the world, the USGBC help construct new buildings, and improve existing structures in order to be environmentally and socially responsible and healthy, and improve an overall quality of life. LEED is the most widely used and respected green building rating system and standard in the world. The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball™ is continuing to trail blaze the world of professional baseball after being awarded the LEED Gold certification.

“As the Orioles organization celebrates Earth Day this year, we are proud to join with the State of Maryland and Maryland Stadium Authority in announcing that Oriole Park at Camden Yards has earned the rarely-conferred LEED Gold certification,” said JOHN ANGELOS, Orioles Executive Vice President. “Through our many programs supporting Save the Bay, World Environment Day, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, wellness and yoga events, the Oriole Garden at Camden Yards in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, and our Eat-Train-Live Like the Pro’s Health & Fitness Challenge, the Orioles organization will continue to prioritize protecting human health, plant-based and organic food sources, and the environment that the next generation will inherit.”

As the Orioles join other MLB teams in honoring Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, Oriole Park and the B&O Warehouse will be presented with their respective LEED certifications in a special pregame ceremony with Maryland Lieutenant Governor BOYD RUTHERFORD, representatives from USGBC, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and Paladino and Company, an associated firm who helped with the research and certification process.

“On behalf of Governor Hogan, we congratulate the Maryland Stadium Authority in obtaining LEED certifications for Oriole Park and the B&O Warehouse from the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Maryland Lt. Governor Rutherford. “The historic and iconic Oriole Park at Camden Yards, already amongst the best ballpark experiences, is now further enhanced with energy efficient equipment and environmentally conscious improvements. The LEED certification project, fully funded by MSA, supports Maryland’s commitment to sustainability, every day, and especially this Earth Day.”

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Major League Baseball Ramping up Sustainability Efforts

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Photo: Antoine Schibler

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced a new initiative with Arizona State University to further sustainability efforts during the new spring season.

The MLB is partnering with the university’s School of Sustainability to implement and assess new initiatives throughout the Cactus League.

The pilot project will take place at the Salt River Fields stadium, which hosts both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies during their spring training schedule.

The stadium will be the focus of a new ‘Recycle Rally’, designed to reduce landfill and test zero waste strategies. Students from the school will determine how Salt River Fields can adopt waste diversion practices, such as recycling, reusing and composting. It will also engage fans with activities and challenges during games to raise awareness of the impacts of waste.

“This is a perfect partnership for ASU’s School of Sustainability,” said Christopher Boone, Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, “One of our core purposes is to use our expertise and innovation to create meaningful change in our community – and ultimately, nationally and globally too. We are thrilled to be able to let our faculty and students apply their classroom knowledge in a real-world setting and help the Cactus League aim for the ambitious goal of zero waste.”

Colorado Rockies Executive Vice President, Greg Feasel, commented: “We are very proud that this partnership with ASU and MLB will educate us and further minimize the environmental impact of the entire Salt River Fields complex, making an already LEED Gold Certified facility even better”.

The two organisations will also visit 10 other ballparks during the 2018 season to document their own waste systems and see how they can be improved. MLB is also working on a separate freshwater restoration campaign called Change the Course, to offset 100 percent of water usage in the Cactus League. This will hopefully see five million gallons of freshwater restored in areas of Arizona with especially depleted rivers and streams. The issue is of vital importance in a state where over half of the area is deemed to be in severe drought.

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