Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park Go Green

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October 21, 2013

The Boston Red Sox five-year plan to make Fenway Park more eco-friendly is another home run for one of America’s most beloved baseball teams. During the 2008 season, the team (in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council) committed to the plan and significant headway toward making green the new red has been made.

For starters, a group of college student volunteers called the Poland Spring Green Team have been in the seats throughout the Boston Red Sox games to gather as much plastic as they can. They have also set up 100 recycling bins throughout Fenway Park, which can hold up to 55 gallons of plastic!

Those aren’t the only bins that can be seen at Fenway Park. The Big Belly trash compactors installed in Fenway use solar power to compact six times as much trash as a normal trash can. The Red Sox also managed to score the same price on the trash compactors for businesses in the neighborhood so that the entire area can be kept clean.

Speaking of solar power, did you know that the mighty Boston Red Sox were the very first team in Major League Baseball to use solar panels in their ballpark? The panels help heat water throughout the park which saves 18 tons of CO2 emissions. It does this by cutting 37 percent of the gas that was originally used to do the job. Talk about winning!

Aramark is also pitching in to help the greening of Fenway Park. All of the beverage cups, food containers, wraps, and bottles used by Aramark at the park are made from recyclable materials. Their chefs also work to make all of the food they serve sustainable, using locally grown items, and abiding by guidelines listed on the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. And, the Fenway Park Facility Services Department is using 100 percent post consumer paper products and green-certified chemicals in cleaning processes.

So with all these great Red Sox eco-friendly practices being put into play: let’s root, root, root for the home team –if you are in Boston that is!

-Monica Bologna

Photo Credit: Flickr/charliekwalker

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