No, the title doesn’t refer to one of those hideous Giants/A’s split caps — it’s describing the Giants’ recent announcement of efforts to be the greenest ballpark in the Majors.
By the end of the year, the Giants plan to have AT&T Park become the first Major League facility to earn U.S. Green Building Council certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. Conservation steps they’ve already taken include being the first MLB park to install a solar energy system, advances in irrigation practices (including a cool-sounding “irrigation clock” that receives weather conditions, including “evapotranspiration” information, to establish watering times) and adding energy-efficient office equipment to the executive offices.
Two of the cooler green inititatives fans will notice:
The Green Team — Employees wearing special uniforms and badges made from recycled material will help fans with recycling and composting of ballpark trash. During the seventh-inning stretch, fans can pass their trash to Green Team members.
The green garlic fries stand — The popular promenade level garlic fries stand behind home plate has been converted into a sustainable concession stand. It has new Henny Penny open fryers (love that name), a Coca-Cola Energy Management System Cooler, more efficient lighting, signs made from 100 percent biodegrable and recyclable materials, environmentally friendly paint, recyclable drink cups and compostable trays. The energy saved by this stand is enough to fry 110 tons of garlic fries a season. Fun fact: 800 pounds of garlic fries are made at this stand every game.
Oh, the entire ballpark is now a no-smoking facility — the smoking areas are no more.
A quick reminder that there a couple of cool, albeit very different giveaways this weekend. On Saturday, the first 20,000 fans get the annual trading card set. On Sunday, in honor of PG&E Solar Day, the first 20,00 receive a compact fluorescent light bulb.
Did you know AT&T Park was the first Major League ballpark to have solar panels?