Mariners Participate in White House Panel on “Greening” in Sports
Scott Jenkins, Vice President of Ballpark Operations for the Mariners and Safeco Field, was in Washington D.C. today to participate in a White House sponsored panel discussion on “Greening the Games.”
The half-day conference, which was streamed live, will be archived for later viewing on www.whitehouse.gov.
The program spotlighted efforts of professional sports teams and facilities to operate more sustainably. One panel featured Robert Nutting, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mike Richter, former New York Rangers goalie and partner in Environmental Capital Partners, and Mike Lynch, NASCAR Green Innovations.
Another panel featured representatives from Waste Management, Coca Cola Recycling and Safety-Kleen Motorsports. They discussed how innovations in the supply chain can help teams go green. Senior Administration officials also participated including Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson.
Mariners V.P. Scott Jenkins was on a panel called Hall of Fame Green Stadiums, along with representatives from the St. Louis Cardinals, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Heat. They address topic ranging from fan engagement in greening efforts to sponsor support.
One program where the Mariners have successfully married those two elements is BASF’s Sustainable Saturdays at Safeco Field where fans can answer trivia questions about various Mariners environmental partners and programs for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire and autographed items.
The Mariners are seen as national leaders in sustainability for the team’s efforts to operate Safeco Field in an efficient, sustainable way. Among the achievements is a recycling/composting rate for ballpark events that is now over 80%, among the highest in sports.