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MLB goes green with 80th All-Star Game

July 13, 2009
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ST. LOUIS — Major League Baseball (MLB) is taking several steps to make the 2009 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium more environmentally friendly than years'' past, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Efforts include: Launching "green recycling teams" at all All-Star events; using wind energy offsets supplied by Ameren''s Pure Power program; offering 100 percent post-consumer content toilet paper and environmentally friendly cups at hospitality events; and using a 100 percent recycled fiber red carpet, the story stated.
Allen Hershkowitz, a greening initiative coordinator with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: "Pardon the pun, but Major League Baseball has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. The fans are very much interested in these issues, and the teams are very much interested in keeping fans in those seats."
In recent years, cleaning contractors at Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, have been using environmentally friendly cleaning products as part of the Cardinals'' green initiative, the story noted.
It makes sense for Major League Baseball and other leagues to embrace sustainable practices because many of its fans incorporate them into their day-to-day lives, the story added.
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