Red Sox to observe Earth Day early with carbon neutral game and sorting of all waste after Monday's game
Before the team's six-day road trip to Toronto and Baltimore, the Red Sox will observe Earth Day early at Fenway Park by offsetting all carbon emissions from the 11:05 a.m. Red Sox-Rays game on Monday, April 17, and sorting all waste from the game to recover recyclables and food waste.
In order to achieve a zero carbon footprint, the club will purchase renewable energy credits to offset all emissions generated from the game, including electric and gas consumption, waste disposal, and transportation by fans, employees, and players.
The renewable energy credits will be purchased from solar installations at Morra Brook Farm in Rehoboth, MA, Westford Stony Brook School in Westford, MA, and Wellfleet Firehouse and Wellfleet Library in Wellfleet, MA.
After Monday's game, the Red Sox, in partnership with Waste Management and Aramark, will sort all trash generated from the game to recover the recyclables and separate the food waste for composting.
The "greening" of Fenway Park has been ongoing since 2008 when the club created the Poland Spring Green Team and installed solar thermal panels at Fenway Park - the first professional sports team to do so. Even the field maintenance features irrigation timing and diagnostic controls to minimize water and fertilizer use.
In 2015, the Red Sox created an organic rooftop garden behind the Gate A Fenway Park façade that provides rooftop-to-table vegetables and herbs throughout the baseball season. Produce and herbs grown in "Fenway Farms" are used in food products prepared at ballpark concession stands and club restaurants. Close to 7,000 pounds of food were harvested last season with almost no emissions.
Last year, with the help of the Poland Spring Green Team and Aramark, the Red Sox recycled more than 322 tons and composted 122 tons of waste.
In 2012 the Red Sox were recognized with an Achievement Award from the EPA and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for demonstrated commitment to improving sustainable food management practices. Last year, the Red Sox were named "Recycler of the Year" by MassRecycle, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing recycling and waste reduction in Massachusetts.