MLB to go green during World Series

MLB to go green during World Series

When the 106th World Series opens on Wednesday, MLB is once again putting the environment front and center on baseball's biggest stage.

Thanks to a special partnership between MLB and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), environmental issues will be highlighted again at the World Series. The 81st All-Star Game in Anaheim this past July featured many similar practices to raise awareness among fans, while putting on an environmentally friendly event.

Community initiatives are nothing new for the league or either of the two teams, the Rangers and Giants. Both clubs, along with the other 28, undertake a vast array of initiatives in and around their communities throughout the season. The Giants and Rangers are set to continue their efforts throughout the World Series, including a variety of school and hospital visits throughout Games 1 through 4.

By employing tactics to lessen their environmental footprint on their communities on a regular basis, both teams also have worked hard to weave their green efforts into their overall projects to impact their communities.

The Rangers, for instance, are joining with their corporate partner, Scott's, to help recycle three baseball fields that had become desolate and rundown in West Dallas. Once they are refurbished, the fields will once again serve as useable ballpark space for the Rangers' RBI program.

The Ballpark at Arlington also serves as an example of the Rangers' dedication to the environment. The organization has committed to recycle everything from their infield grass clippings to cardboard and office paper. It's not just re-using, though. Texas chooses low-flow water streams for hoses and compact flourescent light bulbs, both in the spirit of conservation.

Further west, the Giants have set forth a variety of efforts to promote environmentally responsible living, but perhaps the greatest contribution is their park. AT&T Park, which will play host to at least Games 1 and 2, was recognized in April for its sustainability and energy efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council with a silver certification for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED).

And those garlic fries that AT&T has become known for? They're part of the team's green initiative, too. With help from its corporate partners, the Giants retrofitted the Gilroy Garlic Fries booth into a the park's first sustainable stand. This change reduces the amount of gas and other materials used in making the popular snack.

The advances made by the Giants at their home park extend beyond the games themselves. In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric, the Giants installed a solar panel system to generate energy for San Francisco -- the first such system in an MLB park.

The initiatives being undertaken by MLB and NRDC during the Fall Classic will only extend the strong work already being done by each of the clubs. The World Series special enterprise will cover the full spectrum from recycling efforts in and around the stadium itself, to raising awareness among fans with special online materials about how to become more environmentally sensitive. The league will also utilize "MLB Green Teams" during all the games to help collect refuse for proper handling and recycling.

Nearly every aspect of the games themselves and the fan experience are being produced in a way that strives to promote environmental sensitivity. Officials will prioritize recycled content material for the event itself, as well as utilize energy-efficient practices throughout.

The World Series promises to be one to remember, but MLB is working with the NRDC to ensure the event doesn't leave a similar impression on the environment.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.