Take us out to the ball game! Throughout U.S. history, Baseball has been considered one of the most popular American pastimes. But did you know that many Major League Baseball stadiums are eco-friendly, and have green roofs? In this article, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite green roofs at MLB stadiums, along with some other ways the league is doing their part to lower a stadiums environmental impact.
Fenway Farms is a green roof with an awesome purpose. Located at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the rooftop farm is 5,000 sq. ft. and produces over 5,900 pounds of fresh produce each season. Red Sox fans can dine on seasonal organic vegetables and fruits grown on top of the Front Office at Fenway Park’s Dell or EMC Club restaurants (1). In addition to their green roof, Fenway Park also installed solar panels and offsets the remaining energy they produce with Renewable Energy Credits (2).
Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, installed an 11,000 sq. ft. extensive green roof atop their administrative building at right field. In addition, the ballpark composts all of its kitchen waste, along with grass clippings from the field. Fryer oil from the concession stands is also reused as biodiesel that runs the field equipment (3).
This long standing home of the San Francisco Giants can boast a 4,320-square-foot edible garden, located underneath the scoreboard. The Giants partnered with Bon Appetit Management Company, a sustainable food service company, to install the edible garden. Using cutting edge aeroponic towers, the garden provides fruits, vegetables, greens, flowers, and even sod for the field. Some of the produce is used for fans at the stadium, but some are used for healthy eating programs in the local community (4).
The San Diego Padres are always getting fired up in the bullpen, but sometimes they need an extra kick. Enter the Petco Park edible garden. During the appropriate seasons, this garden grows up to 18 varieties of hot peppers (including the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, with a rating of 1.25 million Scoville Heat Units). Some of the peppers and tomatoes from the garden have made it into ballpark dishes, and some are simply munched on by pitchers to get ready for a strikeout (5).
Sporting event venues typically have some pretty negative environmental impacts, so it’s good to see our favorite American pastime doing its part to lower that impact in a way that is highly visible and teaches sustainable practices to fans. Peanuts and crackerjacks anyone?