In celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, the St. Louis Cardinals will host their 4th annual Green Week, April 22 through April 29, with activities designed to promote recycling, both inside and outside of Busch Stadium.
Fans may drop off unused or unwanted electronic equipment at trailers in Lot C Parking Lot, located at the corner of 8th Street and Cerre Street. No fees will apply and all electronics will be accepted in any condition. Goodwill will also accept any of your clothing, furniture, home décor and housewares. All donations are tax deductable and Goodwill will provide receipts for items donated. In return, fans donating will receive a voucher good for half off Cardinals tickets. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The revenue generated from the sale of your donations is used to further MERS/Goodwill's mission of providing opportunities for persons with barriers to employment to work and live more independently in the community. The primary focus and success of MERS/Goodwill's employment and rehabilitation programs is in their ability to prepare people for the world of work.
The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects will collect shoes at the Busch Stadium gates before the games during Green Week. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags. Shoeman Water Projects creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.
The St. Louis Cardinals Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, they are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To sign up to volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information, visit cardinals.com/green.
The Cardinals have partnered with Sachs Electric, Microgrid Energy and the Electrical Connection to bring solar energy to Busch Stadium. During the offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals installed 106 solar panels, producing approximately 32,000 kWh of solar energy per year. The two solar arrays are located on the roof of the ticket building on Clark Street and atop a concession canopy in the left centerfield bleachers. To raise awareness of solar energy, an educational kiosk providing information about the project and solar energy in general is being installed in Ford Plaza.
Fans are also encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at special bins located throughout Busch Stadium, as part of "Rawlings Replay." "Rawlings Replay," which was established in 2011, supports Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to play baseball for free, as well as a variety of other support services. Fans are also encouraged to donate at St. Louis area Johnny Mac's locations and receive a special discount in-store on new Rawlings products. Members of the Cardinals Kids Club (cardinals.com/kidsclub) receive an additional voucher, good for two tickets to a 2012 game if donations are made at Johnny Mac's.
With the help of Pure Power, the Cardinals will offset energy consumption by purchasing renewable energy credits (recs) for the duration of Green Week. By purchasing 10,000 KwH/recs per game for three days, the Cardinals will prevent 284,991 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering Missouri's atmosphere, which equates to all 25 Cardinals players, nine coaches and Fredbird not driving their cars for six months.
Since the launch of the 4 A Greener Game initiative in 2008, the Cardinals have diverted over 1,836 tons of solid waste from local landfills and Busch Stadium continues to become more energy efficient through participation in Ameren Missouri's Business Energy Efficiency Program.
The Cardinals are teaming up with Waste Management and Blue Skies Recycling to minimize waste from the game on Sunday, April 28. There will be composting and recycling centers setup at multiple points throughout Busch Stadium along with volunteers to assist and educate guests. The Cardinals were able to divert over 2000 tons of waste from landfills in 2012, which makes up over 33% of the total waste for the whole year in Busch Stadium!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will honor the Cardinals and Operation Food Search on Monday, April 29th. The EPA's Food Recovery Challenge asks organizations to reduce food waste to help the environment and communities across the nation. The Cardinals have diverted over 27 tons of unused food from concessions stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search since 2010.
The Cardinals and e-Cycle will be collecting your used cell phones at the games on April 26, 27, and 28. An e-Stewards Certified recycler, e-Cycle is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. e-Cycle has recycled more than 12 million mobile devices for enterprise clients, kept more than 250,000 tons of toxic e-waste out of landfills, and greatly reduced unnecessary carbon emissions and energy waste through reuse of used mobile devices. e-Cycle provides the industry's highest standards and practices for eradicating and protecting your private data. Their high-security work environment and processes have been meticulously designed to maintain the utmost protection of your confidential information.
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