'Going green' not just a fad with Tribe
Recycling, solar power two major conservation initiatives
Brad Mohr's official title with the Indians is "assistant director of ballpark operations," but you could probably get away with calling him the Tribe's resident "green guru."It is Mohr's responsibility to oversee the improvement and enhancement of the club's environmental initiatives and reduce the carbon footprint left behind at Progressive Field. And judging by the Indians' efforts in this area the last two years -- most recently through their 2008 "Our Tribe is Green ... Are you in the Tribe?" campaign -- Mohr is a busy man. "It's the right thing to do," Mohr said of the efforts. "We view ourselves as a business leader in the city, and we thought we would grab this by the horns and go all out with it. I'm getting all kinds of people calling us for advice and asking to tour our facility to see what we're doing and tour our recycling panels. We're providing a great example of how to do things right." Recycling has taken place at the ballpark formerly known as Jacobs Field since it opened in 1994. But in June of '07, the Indians took their environmental efforts a step further by becoming the first American League team to install solar panels in the upper deck. The solar panels produce 8.4 kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity -- enough to power the more than 400 televisions located throughout the facility. The Indians partnered with the Cleveland Foundation, Green Energy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Development to make the solar panel project a reality. It also includes an educational component. "If you go up there, you will see there is a [Power] Point presentation constantly running of current, real-time energy production and other ways you can get involved in sustainable energy in Northeast Ohio," Mohr said. "It's actually part of a concession stand. So if you're up there buying a beer, you're going to learn about sustainable energy, whether you want to or not." And if you're buying a beer or any other beverage at the ballpark this season, you're receiving a corn starch cup, which is being vended in the concession stands for the first time. Unlike ordinary paper cups, the corn starch cups decompose in less than 30 days. That's only the beginning, Mohr said. "We're researching ways to expand that to include plastic cutlery and also doggy-type bags and plates," he said.
|In the first 20 home games of the 2008 season, more than 13 tons of cardboard, more than four and a half tons of paper, one and a half tons of plastic and one and three-quarters tons of aluminum were recycled.|
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.