As a result of a project being lead by the National Grid, 28 solar panels have been installed in the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park. The installation of these solar panels is expected to save the park approximately 18 tons of CO2 emissions a year. Prior to the installations of the panels, the park used 3.1 million BTUs to heat the water in the stadium. The panels will reduce the amount of BTUs used by more than 33%.
In addition to the solar panels, the park has made some other environmentally friendly shifts. They are recycling; using low-energy LED bulbs in the signage; printing the programs on recycled paper; decreasing the use of fertilizer and using bio-diesel powered lawnmowers. The food services department is recycling the grease used to cook with, using locally grown produce and is introducing food and beverage containers that are made from recycled materials. The goal is to make Fenway as “environmentally friendly as it can be” by the time they celebrate its 100th birthday in 2012.
This has all come about because the National Resources Defense Counsel has partnered with all of Major League Baseball and created the “Team Greening Program.” The purpose of this program is to “support and coordinate environmentally-sensitive practices in baseball.” Hopefully the “greening” of other parks will not be far behind.