The Cleveland Indians today announced 2011 progress of Indians Green Initiative coinciding with National Recycling Day (November 15) - a nationwide celebration of waste reduction and conservation led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Cleveland, Ohio and Progressive Field have been chosen by NRDC as a Recycling Day host location as part of a series of nationwide events taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, and Washington, D.C. NRDC recognizes the Cleveland Indians commitment to environmentally sustainable practices at Progressive Field through recycling, using environmentally friendly products and advanced technologies, and partnering with local agencies for food donations.
This year will mark the Indians recycling program's greatest achievement to date with a 23% recycling rate- the highest recycling capacity in ballpark history. The Indians have cut trash generated at Progressive Field trash by 47%, reduced the number of trash pickups by more than 60% and have recycled 173.93 tons of materials.
As a part of the Indians greening efforts, eco-friendly consumables are exclusively used throughout the organization, including Green Seal certified 100% recycled paper hand towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue; Green Seal certified cleaning products; compostable sugar cane based cutlery and hot serve cups in the front office and biodegradable retail bags within all Indians Team Shops.
"The Cleveland Indians are committed to exploring the opportunities to help preserve the environment through the use of advanced energy," said Jim Folk, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. "Using the latest sustainable technologies is not only good for the community, but good for baseball."
Indians Green Initiatives extend beyond recycling to energy conservation as well. The Cleveland Indians were the first American League ballpark to embrace solar energy in 2007 by partnering with Green Energy Ohio and Doty and Miller Architects to design and install the 42 GE solar panels. Since installation, the solar panels have provided Progressive Field with 37,500 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity - enough electricity to power over 400 television sets throughout Progressive Field. Additionally in 2008, all new Progressive Field non-UV, non-infrared, non-glass signs were installed, which offered energy cost savings and low-voltage operation. As a result, the Indians have avoided over 74,000 tons of CO2 emissions since installation.
Read more about Indians Green Initiatives and updates at indians.com/green