ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals participated in a “Sports and Sustainability” discussion held by the White House earlier today to celebrate the sports industry’s innovative success in adopting more sustainable business practices.
The White House sponsored event focused on the economic and environmental benefits of greening the sports industry, featuring senior Administration officials and three discussion panels, from league, team and supply chain perspectives. The Cardinals were represented at the event by Joe Abernathy, Vice-President of Stadium Operations, who leads the Cardinals’ 4 A Greener Game environmental sustainability efforts.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the White House for our efforts,” said William DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Seeking better and more environmentally responsible ways to operate our ballpark is good for baseball and is the right thing to do for our planet.”
The Cardinals have reduced their energy use by 24% and water use by 10% since the stadium opened. The team has recycled more than 1836 tons of solid waste, more than 575 tons of yard waste and more than 110 tons of composted organic material since 2008 when they began the 4 A Greener Game initiative. The team’s concessionaire Delaware North Sportservice has donated more than $159,000 worth of food to Operation Food Search, with a waste diversion rate of 29%.
Earlier this season, the Cardinals installed 106 Solar Electric panels at Busch Stadium that are expected to produce 37,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, which is enough electricity to power all the retail stores at the ballpark for a year. Fans can learn more about the Cardinals 4 A Greener Game efforts at www.cardinals.com/green .