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The Green Life: Play Ball! The MLB Goes Green

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April 07, 2010

Play Ball! The MLB Goes Green

Greening baseballThe 2010 baseball season's first pitch was thrown on Sunday, but the sport's first green season began when players reported for their first day of spring training.

Two years in the making, MLB and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) implemented the Team Greening program last month. It encourages eco-initiatives in stadiums and in daily team activities, and is the first league-wide environmental initiative in the MLB's 100-plus-year history.

But certain teams have been incorporating green practices years before MLB decided to adopt the cause. Among those are the Oakland Athletics, who in 2005 began using biodegradable cups at their McAfee Coliseum. Across the bay, the San Francisco Giants declared 2009 their green season, becoming the first MLB team to earn LEED certification for their stadium, AT&T Park. The Giants, the Colorado Rockies, and the Cleveland Indians were first to install solar panels in their ballparks. In 2008, the year they became world champs, the Philadelphia Phillies became the first club to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership Program. And in 2007, the Seattle Mariners began a composting project at Safeco Field.

--Nicholas Mukhar

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