Major League Baseball Continues Its Green Legacy at the 84th All-Star Game
Tonight is the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. As part of MLB's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, the league has partnered again with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) this year to help ensure that the 84th Annual All-Star Game and All-Star Week incorporates environmentally intelligent features.
NRDC began collaborating with MLB in 2005 and helps to green MLB’s “jewel events” starting with the 2008 MLB All-Star Game and related events in New York City, including the All-Star Game Red Carpet Show, the All-Star Concert in Central Park and the All-Star Game itself at Yankee Stadium.
At All-Star Games held from 2008 to 2013, MLB has led by example by using renewable energy, recycling, purchasing products made with recycled content, reduced resource use, among other environmentally preferable practices. MLB has also engaged fans at All-Star Game events with public service announcements from NRDC encouraging attendees to recycle, take public transit, save water, and reduce their energy use, among other green tips.
Some of the greening efforts during the 2013 All-Star weekend include:
Energy – In an effort to reduce All-Star’s environmental footprint, more than 285,000 kWh of energy used during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, Chevrolet Home Run Derby, Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and XM All-Star Futures Game will be offset with Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Credits supplied by NextEra Energy Resources LLC. This builds on the commitment by the Mets to offset 10 percent of the overall energy consumption at Citi Field with renewable energy credits.
Water – Bonneville Environmental Foundation is supplying Major League Baseball with water restoration credits for the approximately 706,000 gallons of water that will be used for all All-Star Week ballpark events and activities. Water restoration credits help restore depleted watersheds. Since the ballpark opened in 2009, the Mets have continued to operationally manage water consumption through the low flow/hands free faucets, low flow toilets and waterless urinals at Citi Field. This has saved an average of 4.5 million gallons of water annually.
Recycling – Citi Field features one recycling bin for every trash bin, providing many opportunities for fans to recycle items. To reinforce this message All-Star Green Team volunteers will circulate throughout Citi Field during the All-Star Charity Concert, XM All-Star Futures Game, Chevrolet Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game collecting recyclables from fans. Chris Dickerson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder and founder of Players for the Planet, joined the Green Team of volunteers coordinated by NRDC to encourage fans to recycle. The Mets anticipate that twelve tons of material will be recycled and diverted during All-Star events. The food concession company at Citi Field, ARAMARK, collects the grease from all kitchens and concession stands to be recycled.
"Thanks to the extraordinary support and cooperation of Citi Field, the NY Mets, and ushers throughout the ballpark, we collected tens of thousands of bottles over the four days of 2013 MLB All-Star events," says Senior Scientist Allen Hershkowitz. "The MLB/NRDC Green Team did more to improve our environment over this MLB All-Star weekend than anything Congress has done over the past four years."
“Green” Red Carpet – For the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, the players will be traveling on a red carpet made from 100 percent recycled fiber that will be recycled after its use. Chevrolet will be providing Flex-Fuel Silverado vehicles for the players and their families to ride in during the event.
Legacy – MLB worked with Magical Builders to create a new Teen Center and Café at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens. The construction included the use of environmentally preferable components including low volatile organic compound materials such a as paint and sealants, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, locally produced materials and low flow fixtures.
Awareness – MLB will promote environmental messaging with PSAs, service announcements in-stadium and a variety of online materials at www.mlb.com/green, www.nrdc.org/sports, @NRDCGreenSports and #GreenSports.
Materials – Environmental attributes were prioritized when selecting paper for All-Star invitations, programs, ballots, media guides, etc. For example, most major restroom products used during All-Star Week, including paper towels, toilet tissue and cleaning products are Green Seal Certified.
Organic Waste Diversion – The Mets and ARAMARK will be composting around one ton of materials during All-Star Week. This will add to the nearly 15-20 tons of materials anticipated to be composted during the 2013 calendar year. After several All-Star events including the All-Star Game Gala and 84th MLB All-Star Game, uneaten food will be collected and donated, in partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up!, an organization that arranges for the recovery of all prepared but unsold food, to feed local community members in need.