Earth Day at Safeco Field
In honor of Earth Day today the Mariners are staging a carbon-neutral game through carbon offsets, renewable energy credits and water restoration certificates purchased from Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Seattle City Light’s Green Up program.
The environment-harming impacts that have been offset include:
Impacts to be offset include:
- Emissions associated with natural gas used to operate Safeco Field on April 22 (1,584 Therms of natural gas),
- 138,220 gallons of water (185 CCF)
- Disposal or recycling of waste generated during the game (estimated to be 5.5 tons, 90%+ of which will be recycled)
- 47,000 kilowatt hours of electricity
- Air travel emissions for the Astros from Houston to Seattle and on to Oakland, as well as the air travel emissions for the umpire crew from San Francisco to Seattle and on to Milwaukee.
- Hotel-related emissions for the Astros and the umpires (50 hotel rooms)
- Ground travel to and from the ballpark by staff and fans (180,000 car miles)
The Mariners have made a long-term commitment to sustainability, making Safeco Field one of the greenest ballparks in baseball.
The Mariners have increased the recycling rate for Safeco Field from 13% in 2006 to 85% in 2014.
Over 2.4 million pounds of recyclable materials, including paper, plastic, glass, aluminium, food waste, grass clippings and other organic matter was composted or recycled last season.
Mariners concessions partner Centerplate donated 6.9 tons of food to food banks and feeding programs in 2014. Almost 40 tons have been donated since the program began in 2011.
Solar panels now provide over half the electricity used on an annual basis at the Mariners Spring Training complex in Peoria, Arizona.
The Mariners are founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, a groundbreaking coalition of professional sports teams and sporting venues committed to promoting “greening initiatives” in sports.
The Mariners two Recycling Superheroes, Captain Plastic and Kid Compost, encourage fans to reduce, reuse and recycle at Safeco Field and at home.