November 8, 2012

Minnesota Twins Turning Broken Bats Into Trees

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

You know a business is serious about sustainability when that organization is a major league baseball team, and after a season is complete, the team counts up the number of bats their pitchers caused their opponents to break during the 162-game schedule and then proceed to plant trees to replace them.

According to the Minnesota Twins, in 2012, Twins pitchers broke 170 bats, which means that 17,000 trees will be planted in the spring of 2013 by the team.

Now that is taking sustainability seriously. But living green is not new for the Twins.

In 2010, the Twins new stadium, Target Field, was the first sports stadium to attain LEED Silver Certification, and was named the Greenest Ballpark in America.

This year the Twins additional daily sustainability efforts included:

* Capturing, purifying and reusing more than 1.84 million gallons of rainwater, reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field in 2011 and 2012.

* Recycling and keeping more than 2,559 tons of waste out of local landfills for the past two years through recycling and composting waste at the games.

* Donating to local charities more than 55,000 hot dogs and brats, 8,000 hamburgers and 3,500 chicken breasts through a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up! Inc. a group that fights hunger locally.

* And partnering with the Minnesota State Parks and Trails program to plant 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player

From planting trees for broken bats to donating hot dogs and brats to the hungry, the Minnesota Twins are showing  sustainability works in many creative ways as they  enhance their local environment and their community as well.

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