New this year, we are coordinating three recycling events at minor league baseball stadiums.
- June 21, 2008 – Kinston Indians
- June 28, 2008 – Hickory Crawdads
- Augusts 2, 2008 – Asheville Tourists
We received 5,000 ticket vouchers per stadium to be used as recycling incentives for local communities. We have gotten some great press from this. See below.
- Statesville Record
- Asheville Citizen Times
- Pisgah Mountain News
- Blue Ridge Times
- DB Business News
The Major Leagues are also going green. According to the USA Today, Major League Baseball is partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council (both of New York) to increase each team's green programs, from increasing recycling to installing solar panels or, perhaps, wind turbines at some of the league's 31 ballparks.
The Team Greening Program will provide each team with advice about all aspects of the team's operation – including concessions and transportation. The program will not be a blanket mandate, as each team has different needs; the Seattle Mariners, for example, began composting Safeco Field's food scraps last year, diverting 100 tons of material from the landfill and saving the team disposal costs.
Other examples include:
-The New York Mets, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently announced environmental goals for its new stadium, Citi Field.
-The Pittsburgh Pirates launched its "Let's Go Bucs, Let's Go Green" program.
-The Houston Astros launched the “Play Green” program on Earth Day. The team handed out 10,000 reusable tote bags and enacted a fifth-inning stretch to give fans the opportunity to recycle aluminum cans, paper and plastic goods.
-The St. Louis Cardinals announced the team is hoping to capture the more than one million plastic bottles its fans generate each season at Busch Stadium. The effort will include increased presence of recycling bins, as well as the creation of a "clean team" of workers to clean the stadium after games.
Come visit us at the ball park!