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MLB looking to boost sustainability measures in ballparks with historic partnership

San Francisco Giant’s Oracle Park was one of the MLB’s early adopters of sustainable practices.

Featured image credit: Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Environmental services provider WM has joined forces with Major League Baseball (MLB) as its official sustainability partner, making it the first such collaboration in the organisation’s history.

The partnership aims to elevate the MLB’s sustainability efforts in ballparks and throughout communities.

WM is now the presenting sponsor of MLB’s official Earth Day and Green Week celebrations which include a variety of “environmental-positive practices and messaging”.

Additionally, it will offer sustainability advisory services to MLB clubs which includes end-to-end solutions intended to help customers achieve environmental goals in waste reduction and diversion, greenhouse gas emissions management.

“As with any event driven industry that prioritizes sustainability at our facilities and in our communities, it is critical that we partner with organizations that share similar values in that space,” said Noah Garden, MLB deputy commissioner of business and media.

“This new partnership with WM takes our sustainability efforts to new heights. We look forward to continuing this work with WM as we host best-in-class events that are sustainability-focused driven for years to come.”

MLB clubs have undertaken sustainability practices in recent years, especially in stadiums, with 29 of the 30 installing LED field lighting.

A total of 11 ballparks utilise on-site gardens and 10 use solar power while six are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificated.

In addition to the partnership with WM, MLB has added three new sustainability awards for clubs.

These include the Power Pitch Award which is for the stadium that “demonstrates exemplary efforts in preserving power and energy usage”. The H2O Home Run Award recognises the club that “demonstrates exceptional dedication and achievement in reducing its water usage” while the Eco-Slugger Innovation Award goes to the club that “demonstrates innovative efforts in implementing environmentally sustainable practices and initiatives either in the ballpark or in the community.