Since its inaugural year in 1994, Progressive Field has been recycling plastic, cardboard, and aluminum. The home of the Cleveland Indians continues to be among the industry leaders in taking a proactive approach to supporting various environmental initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint at Progressive Field.
The Indians are energized to continue supporting the environment by expanding upon the campaign "Our Tribe is Green." Launched in 2008, the campaign focuses on recycling during all game days with "Pepsi" recyclable containers throughout Progressive Field for plastic bottles. This program is also implemented in the home and visiting clubhouses throughout the Major League Baseball season and during this offseason. The Tribe recycling efforts are extended into the front office and include recycling all paper and cardboard products. Organic waste composting was added in 2010 and expanded in 2011.
The Cleveland Indians organization is committed to exploring opportunities to help preserve the environment through the use of advanced energy and green options. The organization is pioneering sustainability initiatives by becoming the first in Major League Baseball harness the power of the wind with the 2012 installation of an experimental designed wind turbine. The ease of the Indians recycling program has yielded great results with a 23% recycling rate in 2011 the highest recycling capacity in ballpark history! The Indians understand the responsibility of improving the quality of life by being environmentally conscious within the walls of Progressive Field and beyond. Using sustainable technologies is not only good for the community, but good for baseball.
The Cleveland Indians in partnership with Cleveland State University (CSU) proudly announce the installation of a new wind turbine at Progressive Field in 2012. The pioneering wind turbine is located on the south-east corner of the ballpark. Development of the wind turbine has been funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Ohio. The structure installation is an ongoing effort of the Cleveland Indians to continue and promote sustainability initiatives within Northeast Ohio.