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America's Pastime Goes Solar

Monday, July 16th 2012 8:59 AM
By GetSolar Staff.
America's Pastime Goes Solar Major League Baseball has been known to throw a few curve balls, but the league's most recent pitch is being well received by energy advocates. According to a recent blog post from the National Resources Defense Council, MLB has made significant efforts to improve its environmental friendliness. These efforts include:

• 120,000 KWh of the energy used in the All-Star Game and related events will qualify for renewable energy credits from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation
• Installed 120 solar panels on Kauffman Stadium, adding up to 36,000 kw of energy annually
• Recycling programs at all MLB events
• Public service announcements to raise environmental awareness

The sports industry is in a good position to promote environmental efforts. As the post points out, 13 percent of Americans say they follow science, but 61 percent self-identify as sports fans. MLB has established itself as a champion for the environment.

"Major League Baseball was the first professional sports league to develop a dedicated program in behalf of environmental stewardship and MLB continues to lead all sports leagues in its commitment to this important cause," the post states. "Since establishing a league-wide greening initiative in 2005 in close partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, MLB’s environmental program has grown to include all of its teams and venues. All other professional sports leagues in the USA and many collegiate teams as well, have followed MLB’s lead to embrace ecologically preferable practices and fan education."

Kauffman Stadium's solar renovation?

?MLB.com reported on plans for the Kauffman Stadium solar installation earlier this year. The project is being done through a partnership between the Kansas City Royals and the Power and Light District. Although the panels were designed to be visible from every seat, fans were assured there would be no glare to negatively impact the players or baseball enthusiasts.

"There'll be an interactive display to show the power that's going to be generated from it, so it's going to be educational for the fans as well," Kevin Uhlich, the Royals' senior vice president-business operations, told MLB. "Baseball has a lot of green initiatives, and the other one we're doing this season is paperless ticketing -- we're offering that right now to our season-ticket holders."

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