The 45th anniversary of Earth Day provided an opportunity for Major League Baseball teams to showcase their own environmental progress and promote sustainability to fans around the United States. Ballparks from coast to coast redoubled their conservation and waste diversion efforts throughout the week as part of a league-wide commitment to promoting environmental stewardship through the sport of baseball.
The Philadelphia Phillies gave away complimentary trees to community members leading up to its second annual Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Night. Busch Stadium in St. Louis hosted the Cardinals’ sixth annual Green Week, promoting recycling initiatives both inside the ballpark and in the community. The Cleveland Indians teamed up with concessionaire Delaware North for a Greening Awareness event, while the Seattle Mariners hosted a carbon neutral game in conjunction with its sustainability partners.
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, provided the venue for the mayoral announcement of the city’s new campaign to reduce greenhouse gases. And in Cincinnati, host city of this year’s All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced the offset of more than 500,000 kWh of energy and 175,000 gallons of water for this year’s All-Star Week through renewable energy and water restoration credits.