The Seattle Mariners announced today that on April 22, Earth Day, they will, as they report it, “stage the first carbon-neutral game in Major League Baseball history.”
To achieve "carbon-neutral" status, the Mariners will offset the global warming impact of energy used at Safeco Field during the game between the Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles.
Global warming impacts include:
- Emissions associated with electricity and natural gas used to operate Safeco Field on April 22;
- Disposal or recycling of waste generated during the game,
- Air travel emissions for the Orioles (from Baltimore), Mariners (from Los Angeles) and umpires for the game;
- Hotel-related emissions for Orioles and the umpires;
- Ground travel to and from the ballpark by staff and fans.
- The Mariners report that more than 230 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution will be generated from these energy use activities. To offset the impact of these emissions the Mariners will purchase high quality carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a carbon offsets company, and 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program.
The NativeEnergy offsets will be generated by a new farmer-owned methane project in Pennsylvania and a farmer-owned distributed wind project in the Midwest. The City Light credits, generated by the Stateline Wind Project in eastern Washington, will support the development of new, renewable energy facilities throughout the Northwest.
"We know that just buying carbon offsets isn't enough," said Howard Lincoln, Mariners Chair and CEO. "This is not a one-time event for us. We are committed to a comprehensive program of recycling and conservation so that we are operating Safeco Field and the entire Mariners organization in a way that minimizes our impact on the environment."
Other interesting facts about how the Mariners say they are "going green":
- In 2007, the Mariners recycled 342 tons of plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, cans and glass;
- Last year, the Mariners became one of two Major League teams to recycle food waste, diverting 100 tons of food scraps and food-contaminated paper from the waste stream to be made into compost by Cedar Grove;
- Through an energy efficiency program, the Mariners have so far reduced the use of natural gas by 36% and electricity consumption by 18%;
- All diesel-powered motorized groundskeeping equipment runs on B-20 biodiesel,
- Flow-restricting aerators have been installed on all restroom faucets;
- All plastic cups used in the ballpark are made of biodegradable, compostable plastic;
- When plastic bowls, plates and utensils are used, they contain less plastic by volume, which will reduce waste by 18,000 per season;
- Paper products in all bathrooms contain paper towels, tissues and toilet paper that are elemental chlorine free and made from 40% post-consumer fiber.
Source: Seattle Mariners
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