All-Star events to have a green theme
MLB continues commitment to protecting the environment
Anaheim will be rolling out the "green" carpet to welcome players, fans and coaches to the 81st Midsummer Classic.
As part of its commitment to the environment, MLB has joined forces with the Natural Resources Defense Council to ensure the All-Star festivities, including the All-Star Red Carpet Show on Tuesday, reflect environmentally responsible practices.
The red carpet, which itself will be made of 100 percent recycled fiber content and will feature power supplies from renewable solar and wind energy, is just one example of the efforts being taken at this year's All-Star festivities. From the beginnings of the All-Star FanFest to the last pitch of the game itself on Tuesday, the league has chosen green-friendly alternatives at nearly every available turn.
Even the planning stage involved strong consideration of the environmental factors, including the choices of paper materials for tickets, invitations and programs. In this case, the majority of these materials included a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content.
Getting to and from the events will also be an eco-friendly affair for MLB officials. Chevrolet has provided Flex-Fuel vehicles for use during All-Star week as well as for players and their families for the All-Star Red Carpet Show by Chevrolet.
Behind the scenes at the events themselves, a host of environmentally friendly choices will be at work. A switch to LED lights in the big 'A' message board outside Angel Stadium has left the signage more energy-efficient. All of the week's events, including the State Farm Home Run Derby, XM Futures Game and the All-Star Game itself will be offset with renewable energy provided by Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
As for recyclable materials, such as bottles, other plastics and paper products, the opportunity to recycle at the weeks' festivities will be readily available. The NRDC, with support from Pepsi, has formed the "2010 MLB All-Star Green Teams," -- a group of volunteers who will circulate throughout the festivities at the All-Star game to collect these recyclable materials from fans.
And once it's over, everything from the oil used in the concession stands to the red carpet itself will be recycled.
MLB's commitment to the environment and community of Anaheim wont end when the game is over, though. The league will partner with the Boys & Girls club of Santa Ana to update their facility, employing environmentally friendly materials.
For more information and tips on eco-friendly practices surrounding the week's events, fans can visit MLBgobeyond.com.
The 81st edition of the All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday and will be televised nationally on FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. MLB.com will also offer extensive online coverage, while ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play.
While the game itself is sure to leave a memorable mark on Anaheim baseball history, MLB is taking steps to make sure it doesn't leave a similar-sized mark on the environment.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.