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Most energy consumed in the US comes from coal and other non-renewable resources that contribute to global warming, but the World Series was instead powered by clean, renewable energy. Games played at Yankee Stadium used renewable energy offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, sourcing 100% of the energy from wind farms in North Dakota and Minnesota. Offsetting the games at Yankee Stadium means saving more than 3,500 metric tons of CO2 pollution during the four potential games there. Games played at Citizen Bank Park were all offset with 100% renewable energy credits from WindStreet Energy.

Here are some of the Green things that happened at Yankee Stadium:

  • Lighting improvements installed at the new stadium save nearly 207,000 lbs of CO2 emissions per night game
  • Low-flow and water efficient plumbing fixtures are projected to save 3.1 million gallons of water per year
  • Recycling, compost, and trash bins come in trios throughout the stadium – diverting 40% of stadium waste from landfills
  • All concessions cups are made from bio-based, compostable plastic
  • All leftover food from each game is donated to shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, youth programs, and other community food programs throughout the Bronx
  • Recycling used cooking oil — 8,879 gallons of cooking oil from Yankee Stadium have been recycled to create 7,192 gallons of biodiesel fuel
  • All bathroom tissue is 100% recycled content
  • The Great Hall does not have air-conditioning, instead relying on natural cooling. The savings is about the same as 10,000 New York City apartments shutting off their air-conditioning for a summer day.

From “Yanks, Phillies & World Series Go Green With NRDC” by Jessica Esposito, Research Fellow published by Natural Resources Defense Council.

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