Cardinals announce schedule for 7th Annual Green Week at Busch Stadium

Week's events (April 29 - May 3) to commemorate 46th anniversary of Earth Day

After kicking off Green Week activities on Earth Day with an E-Cycling and General Donations Drive, the Cardinals have released the full schedule of events for the 7th Annual Green Week (#4AGreenerGame) at Busch Stadium happening Friday, April 29 through Tuesday, May 3. Following is a listing of the week's activities designed to promote recycling and energy efficiency both inside and outside of Busch Stadium. 

Friday, April 29 through Tuesday, May 3

The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the games on Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags. Fans who are bringing shoes for donation should limit the size of any bags to 16" x 16" x 8" in dimension pursuant to Busch Stadium's bag policy. Shoeman Water Projects creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries. 

On Monday, May 2, Operation Food Search will recognize the Cardinals and the team's concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, in an on-field ceremony prior to the game. Together, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies diverted nearly 78,000 pounds of unused food from concessions stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search since 2010, which reduced the amount of waste going to landfills.  When food decomposes in landfills, it becomes a source of greenhouse gas emissions. The Cardinals are exceeding their food recovery goals, which results in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, slowing climate change while contributing to Operation Food Search's efforts in feeding 200,000 of our neighbors in need. 

With the help of Ameren Missouri Pure Power, the Cardinals will offset energy consumption by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the duration of Green Week. By purchasing RECs, the Cardinals will offset 100% of the energy used at Busch Stadium for the games during Green Week. 

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro is proud to join the St. Louis Cardinals and other partners for 2016 Green Week at Busch Stadium. By transporting thousands of fans and stadium workers to and from each home game on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles, together we are helping reduce air pollution by having fewer automobiles on the roadways. It takes a team of partners and volunteers to go green and stay green, and Metro applauds and supports the Cardinals sustainability goals and recycling efforts inside and outside of the ballpark. 

During Green Week, and all season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team volunteers walk down the aisles of the seating bowl between innings to collect recyclables from fans while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, the volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are done only between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans watching the game. To volunteer, e-mail 4agreenergame@cardinals.com, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/green

Since the launch of 4 A Greener Game (#4AGreenerGame) in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted nearly 4,700 tons of solid waste from local landfills, and Busch Stadium continues to become more energy efficient through participation in Ameren Missouri's Business Energy Efficiency Program. For instance:

o The team has reduced energy use by 20% and water use by 10% since the new stadium opened in 2006.

o 37% of the team's waste was diverted from landfills in 2015.

o On average, five tons of trash are recycled at Busch Stadium each game.

o 550 recycling bins are located throughout Busch Stadium. 

For more information about Green Week, please visit cardinals.com/greenweek. For more information about 4 A Greener Game, please visit cardinals.com/green. Join the conversation with #4AGreenerGame.