Sometimes I get the Diamondbacks and the Razorbacks confused. A few of my best naps have been at Chase Field during a game. Just last week I learned the difference between a short stop and a catcher. So if you think I’m not a baseball fan, you are correct.
Ok fine, I’m not much of a sports fan at all.*
But I am a sustainability fan, so when the EPA’s New York City blog posted “The Greening of America’s Favorite Pastime”, I was intrigued despite my apathy toward sports. Fan or not, some of the stats will knock your socks off.
- A simple scoreboard uses enough energy to power 100 homes for a year
- The 2008 All Star Game at Yankee Stadium was powered by 100% wind power
- Replacing regular bulbs with LED’s in a scoreboard saved one team half a million dollars a year
Stadiums around the country are installing solar panels, low-flow toilets and sinks, state of the art water filtration systems, and implementing recycling programs, renewable energy sources, carbon offsets, the list goes on.
Met Life Stadium, “one of the greenest venues in sports”, has such a comprehensive sustainability plan it’s basically like the checklist for how to make a property green. Clearly someone on their staff is obsessed. (In a good way.)
What’s fascinating to me is that these changes that are happening in sports venues across the country probably are not diminishing fans’ experience at the game at all. Ballparks can save millions of gallons of water and millions of dollars on energy bills and nobody will even notice a difference. Same hot dogs, same beer, same dudes with their bodies painted team colors, same game – that’s what matters, right? It’s like we’re always saying, you can implement smart, simple changes to conserve resources without sacrificing your lifestyle.
Now I’m getting excited for football season. Go RedSox!
*So why do I keep writing about sports? Read my hockey post.