MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have been recognized as an organization with one of the highest recycling rates in the Major Leagues. As announced today by Major League Baseball, the Brewers were selected as a National League Wild Card representative in the 2013 Green Glove Award. The Green Glove Award is given to the Major League team with the highest recycling rate - given this year to the San Francisco Giants.
The Brewers - in collaboration with Johnson Controls - have enhanced efforts to green up overall operations in all areas from increased recycling and energy efficiency to purchasing environmentally friendly products. Since the start of the 2010 season, 35% of all waste at Miller Park has been diverted from landfills to recycling. On average, Miller Park recycles approximately 7-8 tons of waste from each game.
In 2011, the Brewers launched a sustainability initiative known as "Brewing a Greener Game." The program emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability through green-themed promotions and community events such as the following:
Root, Root, Root for the Brewers Plant-A-Tree Program: In each of the past three years, the team has planted approximately 150 trees around Milwaukee. Through the program, the Brewers purchase one tree for every 20,000 tickets sold, offsetting the number of trees used to print the club's regular season tickets. In addition, over 20,000 spruce seedlings will have been distributed to fans as part of the program through 2013.
Rock and Wrap It Up Program: Since June 2011, the Brewers and Sportservice have donated nearly 15,000 pounds of food to area food banks and shelters under this program (providing meals for approximately 10,000 people).
Since embarking on a more comprehensive sustainability program, the Brewers have significantly decreased energy and water usage, increased recycling and diverted a higher percentage of the team's waste from landfills. In recognition of the Brewers' efforts and accomplishments, Miller Park received one of the most prestigious honors for facility sustainability and conservation efforts, having achieved LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in 2012. Miller Park became just the third stadium in Major League Baseball to receive the designation.
Other significant measures of sustainability efforts at Miller Park include:
- Prior to the 2012 season, low-flow aerators and 50 high-efficiency urinals were installed, saving over five million gallons of water each year.
- Over 50% of all cleaning products meet sustainability criteria as "Green Cleaning" products while all smoking areas are at least 25 feet from operable doors, windows, and intakes, which preserve the indoor air quality for occupants.
- The high-definition scoreboard uses 49% less energy than its predecessor.
- In 2012, souvenir mugs were changed over to a "post-consumer" plastic while suites/catering converted from a non-recyclable plastic plate to a compostable plate made with Forest Stewardship Council fiber sourcing.
- In each of the last two years, over 9,000 pounds of used kitchen oil was recycled into Bio-Diesel.
- More than 30% of food and beverage product cost comes from local vendors.
- In 2012, the Brewers and the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District implemented a retro-commissioning project, which analyzed and made improvements to Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, equipment and controls, plumbing systems and electrical lighting and power systems. This resulted in reducing 1,153 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent to taking 220 cars off the road each year.