Seriously, well done, Phils. Very. Well. Done. Indeed.
In order to offset the carbon footprint created by the club's utility power usage at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have purchased 20 million kilowatt hours of Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Certificates (RECs).Hot damn.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is the largest single purchase of 100 percent renewable energy in professional sports and is equivalent to the planting of 100,000 trees.
The Phillies are the first Major League Baseball team to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership program, which is a voluntary program encouraging organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.
The EPA pointed out that the Phillies are now the third-largest Green Power Partner in Philadelphia and the seventh-largest Green Power Partner in Pennsylvania.
Too bad the green hats didn’t deliver a win.
Seriously, people — this is some effing good looking out on the part of the Phillies. Private organizations, institutions and companies with high profiles (like Comcast, UPenn, the Eagles and the Phillies) truly have to take a leadership role in the effort to make Philadelphia thoroughly sustainable.
With the Phils making this purchase and the accompanying green practices they're implementing, it’s a big step in the right direction.
They are now also recycling glass and plastic beer bottles, water bottles and the like that are consumed during the game — not just during preparation, as was the case at the start of the season.
- Food-Related: The recycling of frying oil to be used as bio-diesel fuel; recycling glass, plastic and cardboard generated from game day preparation and sales; using carry-out trays that are 100 percent post-consumer fiber; providing bio-degradable serviceware and cups; utilizing plastics that are easier to recycle; using compostable products; reducing amount of condiment packaging waste by providing dispensers instead of individual packets; and using locally grown produce and organic foods.Again, well done. Very fucking well done.
- Building-Related: The recycling of cardboard, paper, fluorescent lamps, lighting ballasts, plastic, aluminum and glass bottles; utilizing environmental-friendly cleaning products as well as a "bio-enzyme" which eats grease trapped in kitchen drain pipes; utilizing energy conservation using the Building Management System and Light Control System; universal waste recycling; converting to LED lighting (which uses 80% less power and lasts years longer than traditional incandescent bulbs); right-sizing trashcan liners; and re-using rain run-off water for landscaping and field irrigation.
- Recyclable Containers: 35 oversized, 80-gallon recyclable containers will be placed throughout the ballpark for fans to utilize and aid in recycling efforts.
- "Red Goes Green Cards" for Phillies Employees: All full-time Phillies employees, including players and coaches, will receive a one-year credit to secure clean, renewable energy for their home consumption, compliments of the Phillies and WindStreet Energy.
Fast Eddie opined:
"This is such an important initiative and will benefit everyone involved," Rendell said. "It's so vital to preserve our environment and make it stronger. Think about all the ketchup and mustard packets, for instance, that people use and throw away into the containers every night. We're going to replace those packets with dispensers.”He continued: “When I think about those ketchup and mustard packets, I immediately get my assistant to run and get me 8-12 hatfield philly franks with the quickness. In fact, I’m already eating them right now in my head…”
Oh Eddie, your appetite is simply voracious.
We tease. Good to see Eddie, Nutts the NRDC and the EPA all on board. More stuff like this, kids, and you can actually justifiably claim that you’re advancing regional sustainability with progressive policies.
‘Til then, you all still have a lot of work to do.
Phillies to Lead the Way in Clean Energy Movement at Professional Sports Venues [ Press Release, Phillies.com ]
Phillies Red Goes Green – How to go green with them [ Official Site, Phillies.com ]
Phils to lead clean energy movement - Club purchases 20 million kilowatt hours of resuable energy [ MLB.com ]
Phils unveil new strategy: Green power [ Philadelphia Inquirer ]
Breaking (Green Alert): This Phillies Season at Citizens Bank Park, Your Beer Cups To Biodegrade Along With Your Liver