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D-backs Go Green

The D-backs Give Back sustainability program is an organization-wide commitment to improving our environmental performance and to use baseball as the platform with which we can influence our players, fans, employees, corporate partners and community to positively affect environmental change.

 

Green Sports Alliance

Green Sports Alliance

The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud members of the Green Sports Alliance, a groundbreaking coalition of professional sports teams and sporting venues committed to promoting "greening initiatives" in sports.

The nonprofit organization was launched in 2011 with founding members from six major leagues (MLB, NFL, MLS, WNBA, NHL, NBA), their home arenas, the Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Defense Council. It is the first time teams from the six major professional sports had collaborated on a common environmental agenda. Since the launch, over 230 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues have joined the Alliance.

 

Choose Green

Community & Educational Programs

  • In each of the past five seasons, the D-backs have teamed with APS on the 'APS Green Series'. During this designated series, prominent messaging was included during each game to promote sustainability and steps fans can take to continue to go green. Additionally, the D-backs purchased Green Power from APS that was "Green E certified" and is a mixture of wind, solar and other renewable resources.

 

Plant a Tree, Break a Bat

  • The 'Break a Bat, Plant a Tree' program is a partnership between the Arizona Lottery and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Another important initiative in the D-backs Give Back sustainability program, Break a Bat, Plant a Tree will provide desert-adapted shade trees in area parks. Each time a D-backs pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the 2014 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Arizona Lottery will make a charitable contribution that will provide shade trees in city parks in Phoenix and surrounding communities.

 

Solar Pavilion

Chase Field Facts & Figures

  • In 2011, the D-backs partnered with the Maricopa County Stadium District and APS to build the APS Solar Pavilion, which covers 17,280 square feet above the Chase Field plaza near the ballpark's western entrances and ticket booths. The solar shade structure provides extra shade over the ballpark's heaviest used entrances and generates 100,000 kWh of solar energy; enough electricity to power the lights at Chase Field for 11 home games
  • Lower concourse lighting has been converted to a low efficient LED resulting in 60% savings in power consumption annually
  • Upgraded lighting in the Chase Field parking garage has resulted in a 40% savings in annual power consumption
  • All of the disposable cutlery and plates Levy Restaurants uses at Chase Field are recyclable and compostable
  • Full and half-season Season Ticket Holders are issued a reusable "Loyalty Cup" to use for discounted beverage refills  
  • Uniforms worn by game day and concessions staff are made from RPET material; 16 recycled bottles contributed to the fabric of each shirt.
  • Over 12 tons of unused concessions food was donated to Church on the Street during the past two seasons. This equates to roughly 20,000 individual meals to those in need in the Phoenix community
  • Over 100 recycling containers are in use on the concourse beginning in 2010
  • Use of BMS (Building Management System) for timely control of facility lighting and cooling
  • All paper products, including toilet paper, hand towels and tri-fold paper towels used at Chase Field are comprised of recycled material

 

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the Spring Training home of the D-backs and Colorado Rockies. The facility, which opened in February 2011, received LEED Gold Certification for New Construction, and is the first LEED Gold-certified sports venue of its kind in the United States.
  • Sustainable project elements include siting the stadium to provide maximum shade, using native vegetation, minimizing stormwater runoff, maximizing the amount of fresh air brought in through its HVAC systems and using grass-covered parking lots.
  • Only 1/3 of the venue's parking lots are constructed using asphalt. The remaining 2/3 overflow parking lots are grass-covered, allowing them to double as playing fields for the community when not in use. The lots are used for overflow parking only 15 percent of the time throughout the year.
  • By incorporating as much native planting as possible into the overall site design, water is absorbed back into the ground instead of contributing to stormwater runoff. Passive water harvesting is accomplished via desert arroyos (washes) which flow throughout the site. More than 85 mature trees and cacti - located throughout the site - were uprooted and replanted at the new site to provide shade for venue patrons including 35 trees, 45 creosote and nine cacti. In addition to the salvaged vegetation, 2,400 native trees were planted to provide shade and habitat. The onsite retention pond further reduces storm water runoff as well as provides a habitat for native species. The project has calculated a 45.5 percent savings in the use of potable water through low-flow and water-efficient fixtures.  
  • Instead of ventilating the locker rooms from the top down, displacement ventilation - located at the base of the lockers - saves energy by supplying conditioned air in the occupied space range. In addition, strategies such as installing operable windows and maximizing occupant lighting and thermal control have contributed to the project achieving a 23.5 percent energy savings.
  • The stadium was designed with the angles of the sun in mind to provide maximum shade. The venue's location on the site and monumental roof provide relief from the southwestern sun for all patrons without compromising views and vistas to the surrounding natural landscape. Terracotta shade screens are attached to the exterior clubhouse façades to provide further shade from the sun.
  • The majority of the venue's exterior skin is constructed of masonry materials, harvested from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community soil. Salt River Materials Group, a local enterprise owned by the SRPMIC, provided these materials. In total, 40 percent of the building materials are derived from local suppliers and vendors.