We are proud to be collaborating in the League's environmental initiative.
Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) October 30, 2009
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), an entrepreneurial supplier of climate solutions, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced today that Major League Baseball have purchased renewable energy credits sourced from clean wind energy as part of its environmental initiative to reduce the impact of MLB games. The wind energy will match the greenhouse gas impacts of the electricity used during the four games held at Yankee Stadium during the 2009 World Series. The carbon dioxide reduction value is the equivalent of more than 7.8 million pounds - the same as not driving over 800 cars for a year.
"Major League Baseball's commitment reinforces that we need to be mindful of the impact humans have on the environment," said Margie Gardner, BEF CEO. "We are excited to be working with an organization so closely tied to the spirit of our nation."
Most of the electricity sources for large public spaces such as stadiums comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, and ranks among the largest contributors to global climate change. Offsetting energy use by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) ensures that renewable facilities deliver clean energy into the grid and displace nonrenewable energy sources, mitigating the harmful impact of legacy methods of energy production.
The decision to offset the games at Yankee stadium are part of a large environmental initiative within Major League Baseball. Complimenting their purchase of wind energy, officials at Yankee stadium have made changes to the lighting in order to increase efficiency and reduce power consumption. Additionally, the stadium has introduced recycling and composting bins to minimize landfill waste, retrofitted plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption and are using recycled, compostable products for food service and retail packaging.
Importance of High Quality Green Energy
A key aspect of this action in support of renewable energy was the requirement that the RECs come with Green-e Energy certification - the nation's leading voluntary standard for renewable energy.
"MLB's embrace of environmentalism represents a powerful cultural shift that all businesses would do well to emulate. And by using the World Series to showcase its commitment to this cause it is clear that MLB is taking this initiative very seriously. Offsetting electricity use with certified wind energy is an authentic and substantive approach for MLB to reduce the environmental impact of the World Series", said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist with NRDC. "We are proud to be collaborating in the League's environmental initiative."
The Green-e Energy certified wind RECs purchased from BEF to match these games are sourced from the Langdon Wind Energy Center located in Langdon, North Dakota and Prairie Star Wind Farm located near Austin, Minnesota.
About the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.3 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. For more information, see: http://www.NRDC.org
About the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that is creating a more sustainable future by investing now in clean energy and fresh water. When customers purchase BEF's independently certified carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, they support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of new renewable energy facilities. Additionally, their purchase supports long-term watershed restoration and renewable energy education for students and communities nationwide because BEF reinvests its net revenue to fund its Model Watershed and Solar 4R Schools programs. Since its inception in Portland, Ore. in 1998, BEF has been a pioneer in helping people and companies become better stewards of the environment. For more information, see: http://www.b-e-f.org/