A ball park ... a "green" park?
Monday, April 6, 2009 - 02:54
The Texas Rangers are committed to keeping their team on the right track, both on the field and on the environment.
The team has partnered with AbitibiBowater to provide paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard recycling services for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.
One of their first initiatives is the EcoRewards Recycling program, which will provide 100 soda bottle-shaped recycling receptacles, each five feet high, throughout the concourse area.
The Rangers have asked EcoRewards Recycling to do a comprehensive waste and recycling audit to maximize recycling in the ballpark. EcoRewards consulting services will include ongoing reporting to identify new opportunities for recycling and reducing waste and to help communicate the beneficial environmental impact of the recycling program.
The recycling not only occurs in the stands, but on the field, too. The orange dirt is made from old bricks. All suites and press boxes are equipped with a recycling bin.
The owners of the park continually make changes, adding more energy efficient systems. Recently, they updated the inside-stadium windows to let the air cool more efficiently, and to allow more light to fill the concession areas without using too much unnatural light.
AbitibiBowater supports educational and other nonprofit organizations through its Paper Retriever and EcoRewards recycling programs.