The Green Business Partnership of Sarasota County recently recognized the Baltimore Orioles for their commitment to environmental sustainability at Ed Smith Stadium, their spring training home in Florida. The certification recognizes the team’s commitment to green operations in many facets of the facility.
Seventy percent of energy use at the stadium is offset by renewable energy sources, helping mitigate the impacts of Spring Training games. Ed Smith Stadium has also integrated several water-saving measures, including the use of reclaimed water in toilet flushing and irrigation for the field and surrounding landscaping. The team has also installed solar-heating systems for locker room showers.
Around the stadium, the effective installation of batting helmet-shaped recycling containers (“Fan Cans”) has improved the waste diversion rate. The team also works with All Faith’s Food Bank to reduce waste from unused food from concessionaires, and has partnered with other local organizations to improve community outreach and involvement.