Earth Day Double Play

Hard to believe that it’s baseball season already. But it is. And with April 22 fast approaching, that means many teams have publicized their plans for Earth Day.

Is it just me, or do all the Earth-Day-only plans magnify how teams (or businesses or ourselves) don’t do much every day? There’s lip service paid to being green every day, not just on Earth Day, but it’s striking how few practice that.

Safeco Field by ArtBrom via Creative CommonsTo focus on the positive: Throughout the season, Detroit will donate stadium food prepared but not sold. The Mets did the same thing at Shea Stadium, which I observed in 2007 with what was then Rock and Wrap it Up–not sure if they’re donating food from their new ballpark. And Seattle’s Safeco Field will facilitate composting all season for the fourth straight year.

Hopefully more teams will follow this lead. After this season, clubs will have more info to do so, as:

MLB is developing, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a comprehensive software system to collect and analyze stadium operations data to develop and distribute best practice information across the 30 Clubs.

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Also, I’d like to point out that the New York Yankees aren’t featured in the press release of teams being green. And yes, I’m pretty sure that they donate food via Rock and Wrap it Up, but it’s fun to pretend that the Yankees are truly the Evil Empire.

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