KSDK -- In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the St. Louis Cardinals will be going green next week.
Green Week will be held April 26 through May 1, when the team returns to St. Louis. Each day will feature an event designed to promote recycling, both inside and outside of Busch Stadium.
On Monday, April 26, Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will help kick off Green Week in a pre-game ceremony, on-field at Busch Stadium.
On Tuesday, April 27, Ameren UE will be welcomed on-field at Busch Stadium in a pre-game ceremony during which they will present the Cardinals with a check as part of the Ameren UE Business Energy Efficiency Program, which provides non-residential customers planning to purchase and install qualifying energy efficiency upgrades incentives to cover the cost of making those improvements.
Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29, the Cardinals will host an e-cycling drive, in collaboration with the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, WITS, Waste Management and Paradowski Creative. Fans may drop off unused or unwanted electronic equipment at trailers in the Ballpark Village Lot, located at the corner of Walnut Street and South Broadway. No fees will apply and all electronics will be accepted in any condition. In return, the first 1,000 fans to donate each day will receive a buy one get one free Cardinals ticket offer. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Fredbird and Mayor Slay will kick off the e-cycling drive by making the first donation, Wednesday, April 28 at 12.15 p.m. For more information, visit www.downtownunplugged.com.
On Friday, April 30, the Cardinals will collect unused or unwanted athletic equipment at the Busch Stadium gates for donation to the Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care. The same day, Ice Mountain will introduce Recycle 4 Humanity, a program aimed at educating consumers about the second life of recycled bottles, during a ceremony where they will provide the Redbird Rookies with $5,000 worth of athletic equipment made from rPET.
On Saturday, May 1, the week will conclude with Bike to Busch, an event sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway and the Metro-East Park and Recreation District. Cyclists will enjoy six miles of open streets free of automobile traffic from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be treated to free bike parking in the Ballpark Village Lot, courtesy of the St. Louis Bicycle Federation. For a list of all open streets, visit www.greatrivers.info. Prior to the game, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Cardinals will host "TrailGate," a tailgate for fans and cyclists in the Ballpark Village Lot. TrailGate will feature eco-friendly vendors and entertainment. For discounted Cardinals tickets to Bike to Busch, fans may visit www.cardinals.com/biketobusch.
Lastly, with the help of Pure Power, the Cardinals will offset energy consumption by purchasing renewable energy credits (recs) for the duration of the week. By purchasing 35MwH/recs per game for six days, the Cardinals will prevent 332,490 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering Missouri's atmosphere, which equates to all 25 Cardinals players, nine coaches and Fredbird not driving their cars for six months.
Since the launch of the 4 A Greener Game initiative in 2008, the Cardinals have recycled over 462 tons of cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic and diverted 282 tons of yard waste from local landfills. Following are some facts about the club's 4 A Greener Game initiative:
o 24% of the team's waste was diverted from landfills in 2009.
o On average, four tons of trash are recycled at Busch Stadium each game.
o The team has reduced its energy usage by 14 % since Busch Stadium III opened in 2006.
o 550 recycling bins are located throughout Busch Stadium.
For more information about Green Week, please visit www.cardinals.com/greenweek or for more information about the 4 A Greener Game initiative, please visit www.cardinals.com/green.