As reported last week, the Seattle Mariners will be the first team in MLB history to go "Carbon Neutral" today, Earth Day. Other teams will be involved in "green" initiatives today, including the Boston Red Sox. As reported by the Boston Globe.
The Boston Red Sox will sport a special green logo on the left sleeves of their uniforms to mark Earth Day when they play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Earth Day plans also include a pre-game presentation of an Environmental Merit Award to the Red Sox by officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Red Sox said.
(The green logo shown at right will be worn only for this game, a Red Sox spokesman said.)
The award highlights "green" initiatives at Fenway, including the installation of solar-powered trash compactors around the park.
As noted in the Mariners article, they plan on achieving a "carbon-neutral" status today. To do so, the Mariners will offset the global warming impact of energy used at Safeco Field during the game between the Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles.
Global warming impacts include:
- Emissions associated with electricity and natural gas used to operate Safeco Field on April 22;
- Disposal or recycling of waste generated during the game,
- Air travel emissions for the Orioles (from Baltimore), Mariners (from Los Angeles) and umpires for the game;
- Hotel-related emissions for Orioles and the umpires;
- Ground travel to and from the ballpark by staff and fans.
- The Mariners report that more than 230 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution will be generated from these energy use activities. To offset the impact of these emissions the Mariners will purchase high quality carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a carbon offsets company, and 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program.
The NativeEnergy offsets will be generated by a new farmer-owned methane project in Pennsylvania and a farmer-owned distributed wind project in the Midwest. The City Light credits, generated by the Stateline Wind Project in eastern Washington, will support the development of new, renewable energy facilities throughout the Northwest.
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