Three-time World Series Champions. Garlic fries. Buster Posey. These are some of the things that come to mind when we think of AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. But what if I told you this stadium had much more to offer than just great food, all-star players and a killer view?
San Francisco’s very own AT&T Park is one of the greenest stadiums in all of Major League Baseball (MLB). This is not by chance. The San Francisco Giants have consciously implemented a culture of awareness and care within their organization that has inspired innovative change.
They are the only stadium in the whole league to have won the Green Glove Award every single year since the award was created in 2008. This award is given to recognize a ballpark’s high recycling efforts. Last season, AT&T Park’s landfill diversion rate is at 95 percent, meaning almost all of their waste did not end up in landfills.
Sue Sage, a Giants’ employee for over 15 years, has personally witnessed the importance the San Francisco Giants organization has placed on being environmentally sustainable.
“This started some time ago. It’s nothing new to the ballpark, but it has definitely grown in the last few years. We even have a Green Team.
“If you come to the games, you’ll see them walking around all over the park in their funky uniforms. They’re there every game to help people recycle,” Sage said.
The champs don’t stop there. They made history becoming the first ballpark in MLB to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and the first to receive a LEED Gold certification for furthering their sustainability efforts. The awards are given by the United States Green Building Council.
The San Francisco Giants organization’s efforts reach further than the ballpark. In their partnership with PG&E, they have installed 590 Sharp solar panels spread out on the port along McCovey Cove on a canopy, over the Willie Mays pedestrian ramp, and on the roof of the Giants building.
AT&T Park became the first MLB ballpark to install a solar system that generates green energy for PG&E customers in the San Francisco County. Since they installed this system back in 2007, the solar system has provided enough power-to-power over 5,200 homes and has avoided the emission of over 360,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.
Still dreaming about their infamous garlic fries? Next time you stop by the Gilroy Garlic Fries stand in Section 119, take a good look at the stand. It’s not only the best smelling stand there, but it’s the ballpark’s very first sustainable stand!
It is equipped with high Lumen lights and ballast lamp starters, which are the most efficient lights out there and use 36.5 percent less electricity. The signage in the stand is made of 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable materials, their cups are recyclable and their carry trays are compostable. Even the green paint used is environmentally-friendly.
How can a stadium this big, which holds the active record for most consecutive sold out games in the Majors, reach such a high level of sustainability? It’s within the people. It takes every single person that is part of this organization to believe in its mission of continuing to be environmentally sustainable. This is what Skyline would greatly benefit from.