The Boston Red Sox are committed to maintain initiatives, launched during the 2008 season, that reflect the team's commitment to exploring the use of environmentally sustainable habits and technologies. The Red Sox, in partnership with internationally-renowned environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), are actively engaging sponsors, local groups and the fans of Red Sox Nation to help execute a five-year plan to bring "green" practices to Fenway Park. The plan, which was announced last September, will culminate in 2012 in time for the 100th birthday celebration of "America's Most Beloved Ballpark
The Boston Red Sox are committed to helping protect and preserve the environment and the neighbors around Fenway Park. Our commitment to environmentally sustainable practices can be seen organization wide in the front office, on the field and in the concession stands and restaurants.
"As stewards of such a storied venue we recognize our unique position and ability to raise public consciousness about important issues. Our decision to enhance the ballpark's environmental attributes is one born out of a sense of personal responsibility and professional duty," said Tom Werner, Boston Red Sox Chairman. "For us, this announcement marks some of the first steps in an ongoing process to make America's most beloved and oldest ballpark also one of America's greenest."
Poland Spring Green Team
Every game of the 2008 season, the Poland Spring Green Team, a group of 30-50 local college student volunteers spread throughout the seating bowl during the game to gather plastic recyclable materials. In 2008 the Green Team collected over 25 tons of plastics. In addition to the Green Team, fans are encouraged to utilize the Poland Spring/Waste Management recycle bins that have been placed throughout the ballpark. The 100 bins can hold up to 55 gallons.
Big Belly Trash Cans
The Boston Red Sox are now using Big Belly trash compactors placed around the perimeter of the ballpark. Installed in March 2008, the large green vessels contain solar-powered compactors and can collect six times as much refuse as the old trash barrels that filled up quickly on game days. The solar powered waste collectors can compact up to 6 times as much trash as the current can. By working directly with the makers of the receptacle, Big Belly, the Red Sox were able to secure a deal that would allow for Fenway neighborhood groups and businesses to receive the same price for additional compactors in the effort to keep the Fenway area clean.
On May 10, 2008, the Red Sox were the first team in Major League Baseball to install solar thermal panels at their ballpark. The solar thermal panels are located on the roof behind home plate, and help heat water used throughout the facility. The panels replace 37% of the gas traditionally used for the process, saving both energy and expense, and avoid 18 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
Miscellaneous Greening Activities Around Fenway Park
ARAMARK has also committed to joining in the greening effort around Fenway Park in the areas of recycling, sustainable food, facilities services.