The San Francisco Giants have put on some amazing performances this post-season and they’re now up two games to none in the World Series. But their accomplishments don’t stop there: the Giants’ organization is also dominating in energy efficiency and environmental initiatives, according to a report published last month by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
AT&T Park, the team’s home field, has been recognized as a pioneer in greening professional sports. The stadium’s lighting upgrades, which include a scoreboard that is 78% more efficient than its predecessor and batting cages that incorporate high-efficiency LED lighting, have saved an estimated 171,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity —the equivalent of powering 25 US homes for a year. Furthermore, the stadium’s 123 kilowatt solar panel array provides enough power to supply electricity to 5,200 homes.
The team has also won Major League Baseball’s “Green Glove Award” four years in a row, largely due to their aggressive recycling and composting programs. In 2011, AT&T Park diverted an astonishing 85.2% of its waste away from landfills.
You can read more about the Giants’ league-leading performance in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in NRDC’s September 2012 report, “Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment.”