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Red Sox team up with Natural Resources Defense Council to make Fenway Park even more "green"
09/20/2007 2:30 PM ET
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today announced that the club will begin a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nationally renowned environmental organization, to make Fenway Park even more "green" through a series of initiatives to improve the environment.

Giving a second meaning to the color of its interior and well-known left field wall (the "Green Monster"), efforts to make Fenway more green will include a recycling program, improved removal of refuse, and the consideration of solar panels to reduce energy consumption.

These initiatives, and others, will take place over the next five years, culminating in 2012, when baseball celebrates the 100th anniversary of "America's Most Beloved Ballpark."

"We are not only committed to preserving the history, beauty, and integrity of Fenway Park, but we are also determined to enhance the park's environmental attributes so it can serve our team, our fans, and our community in the 21st century as well as it did in the 20th century," said Larry Lucchino, President/CEO of the Red Sox. "We look forward to beginning this process with the help of some key partners."

With guidance from the NRDC, the Red Sox are partnering with KeySpan, now a part of National Grid; Waste Management; and ARAMARK to create these initiatives.

With the assistance of KeySpan, a solar panel installation project is being considered to conserve energy. Solar panels on the roof of Fenway Park's fifth level could provide a pollution-free source of energy designed to heat various areas of the ballpark.

"KeySpan goes beyond just offering a clean product, like natural gas," said Nick Stavropoulos, Executive Vice President for US gas distribution. "We try to ensure that it's utilized wisely. Efficiency is more than a just a "buzzword" to us, it is a critical component of what we do-- investing some millions of dollars in programs and services that help our customers--large and small-- use less energy and protect the environment."

With the help of Waste Management, the Red Sox will also create a more robust recycling program. Staff will collect recyclable items from fans during the game, and Waste Management will install new receptacles for recyclable items.

The club's current recycling program has resulted in the gathering of ten tons of cardboard in 2007 to save 170 mature trees, 4,600 gallons of oil, 70,000 gallons of water, and 41,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Staff members have led a recycling effort of papers and bottles in the offices as well.

Starting with the Red Sox' next homestand, Tuesday, September 25, the club will use new Waste Management recycling bins throughout the park to help all fans participate. By next year, a more comprehensive plan could recycle soda and water bottles and plastic cups.

"As America's largest recycler, Waste Management is proud to join the Boston Red Sox in launching this "Going Green" recycling program," said Lee Solheid, Waste Management's Area Vice President for New England. "This eco-partnership with the Red Sox reflects the commitment of both of our organizations to environmental stewardship and a greener future for our children, families, and fans."

ARAMARK, the concessionaire at Fenway Park, will be doing its part by making available more environmentally-friendly food products, including locally-grown organic produce, throughout the ballpark's concession services.

ARAMARK is already weaving environmental stewardship programs and policies throughout its business operations. These include sustainable food and agriculture, earth-friendly procurement and energy conservation and waste management.

"ARAMARK is committed to preserving and protecting our nation's precious natural, cultural and historic resources for this and future generations through all of our business operations," said Kevin Haggerty, ARAMARK General Manager at Fenway Park. "As a longtime partner of the Red Sox, we are proud to support their 'green' initiative and will continue to work with them to integrate 'green' practices into our food and beverage offerings and facility services at Fenway Park, while creating an outstanding and environmentally-friendly game day experience."

The Red Sox will also be installing more energy efficient equipment and lighting and will continue to use safe chemicals for field and park maintenance.

"Fenway Park is one of America's most beloved buildings," said Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at the NRDC and coordinator of the organization's greening initiatives. "The tangible and important ecological steps that the Red Sox and their team sponsors are advancing will have a lasting impact. By committing to the greening of this historic building, the Red Sox organization is showing leadership that reaches far beyond the game of baseball. The Red Sox are demonstrating that every organization can make a difference by joining in our collective efforts to combat global warming, bio-diversity loss, and other ecological ills. "

"As a professional sports franchise, we have the opportunity to reach millions," said Lucchino. "As so many are doing in Red Sox Nation and around the world, we will continue to increase our efforts to protect the environment in a cost-competitive way. We are delighted to work with the NRDC to work towards a "green" Fenway Park and to continue to offer a ballpark experience like no other."

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Beijing. For more information on how to green an event or organization, go to www.nrdc.org.

About National Grid: National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in providing energy to many millions of customers across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. We are committed to being an innovative leader in energy management, safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with highest standards of service through ongoing investment in our systems and through our talented, diverse workforce.

In the US, National Grid distributes electricity to nearly five million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. Owning around 6,600 megawatts of electricity generation, it is the largest power producer in New York State - providing power to over one million customers on Long Island and supplying around a quarter of New York City's electricity needs. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas to approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses.

National Grid also has a number of businesses operating in related areas such as LNG importation, land remediation, storage and metering.

About Waste Management: Waste Management (WM), based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. The company provides waste collection, recycling, transfer, resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. WM customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. More information about how Waste Management Thinks Green® can be found at www.wm.com/wm/thinkgreen.

About ARAMARK: Through its Sports and Entertainment Group, ARAMARK provides a wide range of professional services, including food, facility and other support services to more than 130 premier sports stadiums, arenas and concert venues. ARAMARK offers organizations a single source provider for concessions, event planning, premium dining needs and catering, on-site restaurants, retail merchandise sales and facilities management.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK has consistently ranked as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts since 1998. The company was also ranked first in its industry in the 2006 FORTUNE 500 survey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 18 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com.

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