5/12/2008 12:26:00 PM

MLB Makes First Pitch Towards Going Green

Posted by Mark McCray |

Ben Platt/MLB.Com:

Throughout its rich history, baseball's greatest moments have been played out on its lush fields of green. Now thanks to an unprecedented partnership, the national pastime is embracing the color green in a whole new way.

Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have jointly announced the creation of a Team Greening Program. This program was developed to support and coordinate the many environmentally sensitive practices now pursued by virtually every Major League club. The joint effort marks the first time that Major League Baseball will implement a league-wide environmental protection strategy.

"Baseball is a social institution with social responsibilities, and caring for the environment is inextricably linked to all aspects of our game," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "Sound environmental practices make sense in every way and protect our natural resources for future generations of baseball fans."

The program will provide an individualized NRDC Team Greening Advisor for MLB, a Web-based software tool featuring advice and resources for every aspect of a club's operations.

This unprecedented program, more than two years in development, will expand on the industry's best practices, offering specific local advice concerning such topics as energy use, purchasing, concession operations, water use, recycling and transportation.

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