The Cleveland Indians are proud to have received Gold Level Member Status in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Encouraging Environmental Excellence program.
This award recognizes the organization for its significant achievements in improving Ohio's environment, having a robust green venue program, and implementing innovative energy efficiency and recycling programs.
The award also recognizes the Indians for committing to ongoing environmental stewardship through developing long-term waste, water and energy reduction strategies.
Indians Senior Director of Ballpark Operations Jerry Crabb also was recognized as a Gold Level Member due to his leadership of the Cleveland Indians waste reduction, energy conservation and recycling programs.
"The Cleveland Indians are honored to be recognized as a Gold Level Member of the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program from the Ohio EPA," Crabb said. "We as an organization are committed to sustainability and the incorporation of sound environmental practices. It is our vision to improve the quality of life far beyond the walls of Progressive Field but throughout the communities in which each of us live and work, for generations to come."
A key member of the Indians team, Delaware North, has played a major role in the sustainability programs in place at Progressive Field.
Delaware North's partnership with local company Quasar and that company's Grind2energy technology has resulted in organic waste collection and generating:
· Enough electricity to power 16 single-family homes for one month
· Enough natural gas to heat 25 single-family homes for one month
· 6,326 pounds of nutrient rich soil amendment
The organizations also have eliminated GHG emissions equivalent to 72,707 car miles off the road.
"Delaware North Sportservice is proud to partner with the Cleveland Indians and that our company's GreenPath environmental management program has helped the team gain EPA recognition at Progressive Field," said General Manager Chris Angne. "Together our sustainability efforts will have a lasting impact on future generations of Cleveland Indians fans."
Other items of sustainability include our state-of-the-art fryer oil conversion process, which has processed 2,044 gallons and saved 1,484 gallons of oil, as well as a glass procedure which has recycled 5600 pounds of glass to date.