Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ground Zero

In 2009, the MLB set up guidelines for its teams and facilities to meet higher environmental standards.

Many stadiums are already making major efforts towards becoming "green".  Some have received LEED certifications (which are now up for debate in terms of meaning and importance) and others have made other multiple green efforts and improvements.

                 What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Energy Design- a third-party verification
                 system that certifies buildings or communities built using sustainable strategies. 

      Stadiums with LEED certification for both new and existing buildings:
  • AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, located in San Francisco, CA; LEED Silver for existing buildings in 2010 (first to receive LEED certification for existing buildings) 
  •  Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, located in Washington D.C.; LEED Silver in 2008 (first LEED certified new building in the MLB) 
  • Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, located in Minneapolis, MN; LEED Silver in 2010
  • Marlins Ballpark, home of the Florida Marlins, located in Miami, FL; seeking LEED Silver certification by 2012
    AT&T Park solar panels
    Nationals Park plan

             Other admirable green efforts being made:

        Citi Field construction
        • Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, located in Queens, NY used 95% recycled steel and at least 2 million lbs. of recycled coal combustion products in the construction of its new stadium opened in 2009.
        • Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, located in Denver, CO; Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, located in Boston, MA; and Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, located in Cleveland, OH have installed solar panels
        • Rangers Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers, located in Arlington, TX recycles everything from infield grass clippings to office paper and uses low-flow water hoses and fluorescent lights.

      So many great green efforts have been made (those mentioned above are just a small selection) and even more are planned for a good number of organizations, but where do our LA teams fit in?